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January 26, 2005, 09:40 PM

Of course it varies on rider and stuff. I'm just curious because I've heard that some consider 10,000 on a sport bike lots of miles on the engine, and others say they take their engine to 50,000 (though generally smaller displacements).

I'm wondering if 10,000-20,000 is considered a lot since motorcycle engines don't seem to go as long as a car engine.

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January 26, 2005, 10:52 PM

maintain them and they will last longer than you will care to keep the bike. 100k easy. (i-4 V-4)
Sport twins don't seem to last as long.

SVbadguys VFR has over 75k on it. I have a friend who had 72k on his R1 and I've had several sportbikes with 40k to 50k on them. Zero issues.

If someone tells you 10,000 miles is a lot on a motorcycle they are probably right. That's a lot of trips around the mall and to bike night.

10,000 miles is 4 months to some of us.


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January 27, 2005, 08:03 AM

It really depends on the brand and model of the bike, how hard it was ridden, how well maintained it was, etc.

You'd be better off getting more specific with your question as it can't really be answered with a real answer.

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Obviously Honda's are known for their dependability, my 900 has 40k on the clock with no problems. =)

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January 27, 2005, 08:45 AM

One of the cycle world editors has over 200k on a cbr900


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its depends on the manufacturere and how the people take care of their bikes. i had a blast with 15k amd never a problem and my firebolt is close to 10 K now.
the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche, the engine has been tested to run for 48 hours straight at 7000rpm without a breakdown in performance. Im sure the Italian and japanese bikes run their engines to similar tests so the engines are definetly getttign better as technology improves.


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the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche,


Uhhh. that was the Vrod there sparky. Buell does his own motors.


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the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche,


Uhhh. that was the Vrod there sparky. Buell does his own motors.
Ohhh, so then Buell's the one to blame for the stock muffler weighing 25 pounds more than buell2001b's aftermarket piece. Sounds like a genius!
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the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche,


Uhhh. that was the Vrod there sparky. Buell does his own motors.
the engineers where Buell guys that are under the HD umbrella.


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the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche,


Uhhh. that was the Vrod there sparky. Buell does his own motors.
the engineers where Buell guys that are under the HD umbrella.
The engineers of what? I assume that what you are saying is:

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the engineers [of the VROD] where Buell guys that are under the HD umbrella.
Still not sure how that makes:

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the Firebotl engine was designed in a colaboration with Porche,
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February 8, 2005, 11:08 PM

Harley doesn't have the in-house expertise (read: computing equipment and software) to design a water-cooled engine, so they contracted Porsche Engineering to design the VRod engine and frame.

The Buell engines are Harley-Davidson designed.


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February 8, 2005, 11:36 PM

exactly. The Vrod motor has more in common with a Honda Superhawk motor than it does with anything Buell puts out. I've read everything I could find on Buell's development of the motor for the XB9/XB12 and cannot find the word collaboration or the word porsche anywhere on the net or printed text.

Buell2001b, do you know something that we, all of the online publications, editors of CW, Motorcyclist, sportrider, and Buell's own design team don't?

I can't find information saying porsche did anything with the buell motor.


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February 28, 2005, 08:38 PM

In this country its not generally the miles ridden that kill bikes, its the lack of them

I have put hundreds of thousands of miles on bikes in europe with only nuisance problems (Z400J - 140k, Z750P - 90k, GPz900 - 75k.......). Now I'm here I despare at the number of low mileage bikes I see that run like POOH . In virtually all cases this can be linked to the amount of time they spend sitting around with fuel turning to toxic slurry, seals drying out, piston rings gunging up and sticking, fuel tanks rusting, oil turning to baby vomit from condensation, bearings corroding due to same............need I go on?

Just ride it - it will thank you!

PS - The HONDAs allways blow up first! After all these years, they still can't design a camchain tensioner and now that Soichiro is dead, they will probably never bother


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My ex 500 had 55,000 on it then I blew it up,now i got another engine and there is 30,000 on that one.Over 80,000 on the bike and it is just sitting now.I had a fzr 600 with 45,000 on it and it was still running good.My FZR 400 I got now Has over 6,000 on the track and it still runs like new.My SV 650 now has around 5,000 on the track and runs way better then new.
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CMSDyno- PS - The HONDAs allways blow up first! After all these years, they still can't design a camchain tensioner and now that Soichiro is dead, they will probably never bother

I have heard that Honda (Bikes) has an issue with patents and they run in circles attempting not to use them (anyone elses) Nice designs but pop the gas tank off and........ (I have not problems w/hondas, infact I own one, I am just making an observation)


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