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Old 07-12-2013, 08:25 PM   #3766
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I haven't been through this thread, so it may have been covered before, but would the 630 handle a 40 mile daily commute, so it could earn it's living between adventure rides?

I guess what I am asking is, can the engine handle high mileage and is it relatively easy to service?
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #3767
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I haven't been through this thread, so it may have been covered before, but would the 630 handle a 40 mile daily commute, so it could earn it's living between adventure rides?

I guess what I am asking is, can the engine handle high mileage and is it relatively easy to service?
I think you would be better off with a sacrificial commuter. The 630 would hang in there, but ultimately parts availability on normal wear items will become an issue.
It's an irreplaceable bike in some ways. Don't waste it on a commute.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:49 PM   #3768
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... but ultimately parts availability on normal wear items will become an issue.
The dealer is still waiting (~3 months now) on a couple BS little parts to get my buddy's 630 engine back together! On a similar note, I ordered a lot of internal engine parts ($1600+!) for a TE250 that I am working on and they will be here Monday, so all hope is not lost with Husky parts.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:14 AM   #3769
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I think you would be better off with a sacrificial commuter. The 630 would hang in there, but ultimately parts availability on normal wear items will become an issue.
It's an irreplaceable bike in some ways. Don't waste it on a commute.
Exactly why I bought a second bike. New cam chain every year and who knows how frequent top end rebuilds were not something I was looking forward to.

I have never had a parts availability issue, maybe I've just been lucky.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:25 PM   #3770
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I see, thanks for the response. I guess the rotax version would be a better option. I'll keep using the R80GS until I can afford a dedicated enduro bike. At least I can get all the parts within a few days and it's easy to work on, just not as easy to pick up.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:50 PM   #3771
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Wow, really afraid to ride the 630! I'll be disappointed if I can't get
as many miles as a KLR if ridden the same.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #3772
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If I rode a KLR like I ride my TE630 I'd be lucky to have it stay in one piece for the first day ride let alone not put me in the ER.

New cam chain every year???? That's 10,000 miles a year. My new gear set chain costs more than the cam chain and that was only good for 5000 miles which would be required regardless of the manufacture bike when used in offroad elements.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:46 PM   #3773
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If I rode a KLR like I ride my TE630 I'd be lucky to have it stay in one piece for the first day ride let alone not put me in the ER.

New cam chain every year???? That's 10,000 miles a year. My new gear set chain costs more than the cam chain and that was only good for 5000 miles which would be required regardless of the manufacture bike when used in offroad elements.
My commute is 90 miles/day, with an average speed of 75 mph. That's 450 miles per week just going to work. The riding season is about 8 months of the year. That's roughly 32 weeks. 450*32 = 14,400 miles a year, just going to work and back home.

It's not that cam chains and top end rebuilds are beyond my ability. The fact is, I don't have time for that. I rather just ride.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #3774
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JT. Obviously your commuting mileage is a factor. I'd never use my TE630 to commute that distance either.. What did you pick up for your second bike?

Any bike you are tacking on 15K a year will definitely show the reliability factor even if it is limited to pavement. I've found with my FJR that tire replacement at 9K is $350 exclusive of oil changes and standard maintenance all of which adds up to more than a typical new auto operational cost but worth the price for those that like to experience life on two wheels.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:54 AM   #3775
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Didn't realize I bought such a delicate machine. Guess ill just keep it on the stand in the garage.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:00 AM   #3776
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Didn't realize I bought such a delicate machine. Guess ill just keep it on the stand in the garage.
It's more about having the right tool for the job. The reliability has been better than I had predicted with my 630, but for more than one reason wouldn't consider the bike a good regular commuter.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:41 AM   #3777
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My commute is 90 miles/day, with an average speed of 75 mph. That's 450 miles per week just going to work. The riding season is about 8 months of the year. That's roughly 32 weeks. 450*32 = 14,400 miles a year, just going to work and back home.

It's not that cam chains and top end rebuilds are beyond my ability. The fact is, I don't have time for that. I rather just ride.
In your case you need something other than a Husky.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:05 PM   #3778
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My te is used for commuting as well as adv style rides and single track type stuff.I get all the extra maintenance wear and tear comments.My commute is only 45km[27miles]. Rear tyres go quick .I drop the oil twice as often as recommended. I do rotate between 2 bikes as km creep up on the te.It's difficult to get on the other bike as the te is so much fun to ride.I am willing to take a punt and see how this thing goes as dual purpose bike.
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Old 07-14-2013, 12:37 PM   #3779
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Well maintained (clean oil/air filter and quality fuel), I predict 30K for a top end refreshing.

A sleeve, piston, rings and valve job is a small price to pay for a bike of this caliber considering many acquired the bike for a $6K admission.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #3780
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JT. Obviously your commuting mileage is a factor. I'd never use my TE630 to commute that distance either.. What did you pick up for your second bike?

Any bike you are tacking on 15K a year will definitely show the reliability factor even if it is limited to pavement. I've found with my FJR that tire replacement at 9K is $350 exclusive of oil changes and standard maintenance all of which adds up to more than a typical new auto operational cost but worth the price for those that like to experience life on two wheels.
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