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Old 03-24-2013, 06:37 AM   #61
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Sort of puts the Harley' stories into perspective

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Judging from that shot it's still a bloody good looking bike as well,at 204k/km how does it feel to ride?

Not really. Plenty of HD's running around with 126,000 miles that have done so only with basic maintenance.


Beautiful VFR by the way. Down here a VFR with over 5k on the clock is considered "high mileage". In SFL most bikes are owned by squids and bar hoppers.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:04 AM   #62
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Not really. Plenty of HD's running around with 126,000 miles that have done so only with basic maintenance.


Beautiful VFR by the way. Down here a VFR with over 5k on the clock is considered "high mileage". In SFL most bikes are owned by squids and bar hoppers.





I would enjoy learning more or seeing HD's with 126000 miles and only basic maint. The high mileage ones I've seen or heard about have had at least the top end overhauled (several times) which to me is not maintenance.
But I have talked with HD guys who think doing the top end is no big deal and they think everybody does it. A local guy has 85000 + on his and has only done the top end twice-he's happy so it doesn't matter to me.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #63
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My '81 FLH80 that is being restored (rather slowly ) has over 300K+ on it. This will be the second crankshaft and third top end. I did the gearbox about 20 years ago to install a close ratio gearset. I am the third owner but know every owner and am related to the second owner. My Dad. It has had one regulator,quite a few batteries,replumbed the oil lines three times and two ignitions. One of those was for the dual plug heads.

I took it apart to fix a rocker box leak and found the crankpin had gone soft (not a Harley part either) and allowed the piston to tap the head and broke the pin clip land letting the pin walk out and score the bore. So I decided it needed a complete restoration

This time around it will have new sheet metal,a pogo seat and standard Harley windshield. And I'm considering a sidecar for winter duty.

I am the mechanic that has taken care of this thing since it was uncrated and set up. The first owner was Bob Pastrana,yep Tavis' father. #2 was my Dad. When we had to take the keys from Dad (dementia-tough day) he told me I could have it. Pissed Mom off. So I gave her a few thousand $$ to keep the peace at a rough time.

There's a photo of the Old Man sitting on it the day he picked it up sitting on my desk today. Miss ya ya cranky fucker.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #64
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Sort of puts the Harley' stories into perspective

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Judging from that shot it's still a bloody good looking bike as well,at 204k/km how does it feel to ride?
It still runs strong, but it seems to run a bit rich--probably due to needing a carb clean/rebuild. The shifting feels a bit sloppy, so I'm wondering if I can access some springs or similar parts to improve that without doing something ridiculous like splitting the cases. I'd expect the motor to run damn near forever; these motors never made all that much power, so they're hardly overstressed. The heat off the clutch side will roast your shin in short order when stuck in traffic.

Luckily, it hasn't needed a whole lot of work, but getting through the bodywork is a PITA; it's getting brittle now, and Honda saw fit to put everything together with (now) fragile tabs and annoying plastic fasteners. I had a BMW GS between VFRs, and the lack of plastic was a blessing.

I suspect I'd rather overhaul the Harley motor 3 times rather than rebuild the carbs on this thing once.

Still, it's a nice bike, and worth something to me. Most people can't believe it's now 20 years old. Living in a post-divorce world, I'll probably have to run it until it dies.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #65
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I did that as a joke when I finished my K75 Frankenbrick. However, if you added up the miles from all of the bikes that went into it.....
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:57 PM   #66
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I would enjoy learning more or seeing HD's with 126000 miles and only basic maint. The high mileage ones I've seen or heard about have had at least the top end overhauled (several times) which to me is not maintenance.
But I have talked with HD guys who think doing the top end is no big deal and they think everybody does it. A local guy has 85000 + on his and has only done the top end twice-he's happy so it doesn't matter to me.

Don't know much about the big twins so I can't speak to them. I do know that Sportsters with 100k are a non event. Me? I'm just happy to have a bike to ride. The highest mileage ride I have is my 2003 klx300r with just a tick over 50k on it which I've been told is pretty high for a dirt bike that has never had anything done other than oil changes and one valve adjustment. Will let you know when one of my Sporties gets over 100k.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:40 PM   #67
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Just a Valkyrie poll....

I just copied and pasted this from one of the Valkyrie boards I frequent (I hope that is OK since I didn't do any links or anything). Just a quick mileage poll of members without engine repairs for almost all:

tank_post142 1998 Standard 449,478
DDT 1999 Tourer 431,000
Earl in Pensacola 1997 Tourer 263,300
R J 1997 Tourer 243,000
Cutter 1999 Interstate 237,700
Rio Will 2001 Interstate 177,000
Daniel Meyer 2001 Standard 171,000
Willow 2001 Standard 169,343
Lady Draco 1999 Interstate 165,210
Mr.Bubbles 2000 Interstate 161,000
3W-lonerider 1999 Interstate 160,000
MacDragon 2000 Standard 151,000
SimTek 1999 Standard 145,000
Valk2001 2001 Interstate 140,000
Highbinder 2001 Interstate 138,758
Valker 1998 Tourer 136,000
Early Bird 2000 Interstate 135,261
Michael K.(Az) 1997 Tourer 134,190
ChrisJ CMA 1997 Standard 134,000
sandy 1998 Standard 133,000
Bugslayer 1997 Tourer 132,000
Crazyhorse 1999 Interstate 128,000
Lady Draco 1998 Tourer 126,255
njvalkdan 1997 Standard 126,000
Willow 1999 Interstate 125,012
Gary Heskett 1997 Standard 121,000
Ricky-D 2000 Interstate 118,797
longrider 1998 Standard 117,588
Highbinder 2000 Interstate 117,384
BigMac(SoCal) 1999 Interstate 117,000
old grouch 1999 Interstate 116,144
Tropic traveler 1997 Tourer 115,000
Hook#3287 1998 Tourer 115,000
houstone 1998 Tourer 113,150
Hoser 1999 Tourer 112,203
Serk 1998 Standard 109,000
Oliverjb 2000 Interstate 108,540
ValkFlyer 2000 Standard 108,000
Jack B 1998 Tourer 108,000
Bone 1998 Tourer 102,847
saddlesore 1999 Standard 102,000
six2go #152 1998 Standard 100,000
Bigdog99 1999 Interstate 99,240
qc-teky 1998 Standard 97,000
santa 2003 Standard 96,000
Novavalker 1999 Interstate 96,000
mvw_1500 1999 Interstate 95,000
Oss 2001 Interstate 80,594
longrider 1998 Tourer 78,440
Stude31 2001 Interstate 76,040
Oklahoma_Valk 1997 Standard 76,000
Digger 2001 Tourer 70,120
Hotrodwing 1997 Standard 65,000
Fritz the Cat 1997 Standard 64,594


This is just one board and one poll. I am sure that the Honda ST board I frequent would have similar numbers as would members of several other boards.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #68
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My Tiger roadie 800 is about to break ten thousand miles!!! Think about that - that's covering a distance of five thousand two hundred eighty feet repetitively ten thousand times! For all of you who live in metric countries, that's like eleventy million kilometers!
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:45 AM   #69
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Wonder how many miles are on my 1980 YZ465???
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:06 AM   #70
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Wonder how many miles are on my 1980 YZ465???

I'm sure that there is some calculation you can do using your used plugs.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:25 PM   #71
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I bought my 2006 VFR in 2008 with 1,700 miles on him.


I missed almost a year of riding due to carpal tunnel surgery and recovery.

The second chain is about done, the valves have been done once, and the stator and R/R went at around 40K miles. The cam chain tensioners are dying and the thermostat is sticking. When I get all that done I'll change out the water pump for good measure. That's it except for the normal tires and oil.

Here's a pic of my white '06 and my husband's '02.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #72
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1992 VFR, bought used with 1700 miles (more or less) in 1994. 142K at present, desperately requiring some maintenance (my kid is riding it now). The old VFR has been as reliable as a stone axe.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #73
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There is a lady from Oklahoma that has over 200,000 miles on a FZ1. I think she had an article written about her in one of the motorcycle magazines.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #74
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:52 PM   #75
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I'm sure that there is some calculation you can do using your used plugs.
Shit I haven't even used up a box of plugs in that thing. It's easy on parts. 'Cept fer tars.
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