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post #1 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a used wee and what would you all consider to be high mileage???
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Don't worry about it. As long as they're cared for these bikes can easily go over 100k miles. There are two in my area with over 150k. I'd rather buy a well cared for high miler than a low mile bike that's been ridden hard and neglected.
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Don't worry about it. As long as they're cared for these bikes can easily go over 100k miles. There are two in my area with over 150k. I'd rather buy a well cared for high miler than a low mile bike that's been ridden hard and neglected.
As I'm new to motorcycles in general and hope to be a strom rider soon I'm curious about mileage and maintainance as well. I will likely end up with a well used machine to keep the costs down. Oil changes are cheap and simple and seem like a no brainer to me. How important are the maintainance intervals on the vee or wee? If they slip by a few thousand miles does it shorten the life of the engine and the bike in general?
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How important are the maintainance intervals on the vee or wee? If they slip by a few thousand miles does it shorten the life of the engine and the bike in general?
I've only got 46K miles on mine, I'll let you know in another 100K or so.
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As I'm new to motorcycles in general and hope to be a strom rider soon I'm curious about mileage and maintainance as well. I will likely end up with a well used machine to keep the costs down. Oil changes are cheap and simple and seem like a no brainer to me. How important are the maintainance intervals on the vee or wee? If they slip by a few thousand miles does it shorten the life of the engine and the bike in general?
Obviously, you should follow the recommended schedule. That's always the safe move and what I'd advise. That said, I personally don't sweat a thousand miles here or there. I was strict on my schedule while still under warranty, but now I typically do the oil changes on time and the bigger stuff (valve checks, etc) during the winter months when I'm not riding much anyway.

Fact is, my Vee is a bit overdue for it's 30k mile check. I've decided to wait for winter though, as I don't have any more long trips planned for this year and my commute doesn't rack up a lot of miles (only ~140 miles/week).

These are just my personal feelings, others may disagree...
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If they slip by a few thousand miles does it shorten the life of the engine and the bike in general?

not that ignoring maintenance shortens the life, it increases you risk of being stranded at roadside or even risking safety. compared to cars, bikes are much more seceptable to vibration, fastener loosening, wear, etc.

Bikes are engineered much more agressively, generally rev higher so they have higher piston speeds, etc. .



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Thanks for all the feedback. I hope I didn't derail this thread too much.
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As I'm new to motorcycles in general and hope to be a strom rider soon I'm curious about mileage and maintainance as well. I will likely end up with a well used machine to keep the costs down. Oil changes are cheap and simple and seem like a no brainer to me. How important are the maintainance intervals on the vee or wee? If they slip by a few thousand miles does it shorten the life of the engine and the bike in general?
I suspect more bikes die from maintenance than die from minor neglect. There are enough horror stories of people forgetting to do up sump plugs, stripping bolts etc.

With most Japanese bikes the same oil is used in the clutch/gearbox and engine and the combination of stresses means that the gear changes get pretty nasty when the oil gets near end of life - so you'll want to change the oil at somewhere near the recommended intervals anyway - but a 1000 miles either way won't kill one and probably won't shorten it's life at all either.

Other than that, no these bikes aren't high maintenance, I think more have had problems from poor chain maintenance than anything else. Drive chains do need some lube, and they need to be changed once they start showing signs of wear - don't do THAT and you are far more likely to break the bike than from letting an engine oil change slide.

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I think more have had problems from poor chain maintenance than anything else. Drive chains do need some lube, and they need to be changed once they start showing signs of wear - don't do THAT and you are far more likely to break the bike than from letting an engine oil change slide.

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It should be added, changing sprockets, as well as the chain, because they wear out too.

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