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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Lifespan of a honda motor - Mileage

Under normal circumstances, I was wondering what is the lifespan, in miles, that a honda motor can attain? I have heard of bikes with well over 100k on them.

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a) your mileage
b) your oil of choice
c) any other factors you feel are important in extending the life of your ride

and, tell us about the mileage of bikes you may know of that have served their owners well.



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The most I have put on a bike was 137k miles. I used and still use Mobile 1 fully synthetic oil. I do my own maintenance and am fanatical about it. I make sure the oil is changed every 3-3.5k miles MAX. I am in the dealership at the first sign of an issue I donít understand. The bike happened to be a Yamaha and it never sw rain, however, I would and do expect to exceed that mileage on my current Honda.

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Different Honda motorcycle engines can very a lot as far as life span,
The Gold Wing engine will probably average more miles than the engine used on a VLX600.

So which engine do you have in mind??
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Bike: 2000 Honda Shadow ACE 750
Kms: 90,000 (not exactly, but in the 90's)

The only real work that was done to it (other then maintenance) is, New clutch, chain and sprockets, and Value adjustments. They are built pretty damn solid, Oh and I use Castrol oil.

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My Valkyrie has over 70,000 on it. I have heard of another Valkyrie rider who has more than 300,000 on his. Don't know the history of it though. He is kind of a legend over at the VRCC site, goes by the handle of "DDT" I think.
By in large, the bigger the engine the better chance it has of lasting mega miles on a bike. Hondas of course stand the best chance of all!
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Bike: 2000 Honda Shadow ACE 750
Kms: 90,000 (not exactly, but in the 90's)
how many miles is that? i dont speak metric.......
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Bike: 2000 Honda Shadow ACE 750
Kms: 90,000 (not exactly, but in the 90's)
how many miles is that? i dont speak metric.......
About 55,000 or something like that.

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1984 Shadow VT700 - 50000 miles
Normal oil changes with Honda oil/filter
not sure of maintenance history prior to 30K....no current problems

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I've put 85000 miles on my 1993 ST1100. No problems at all.

I've got nearly 1000 trouble free miles on my 2005 Spirit!
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My 2002 honda shadow spirit 1100 has just shy of 50,000 miles. I have had absolutely no problems with the bike. I have changed front brake pads and tires. I replaced the front wheel bearings the last time I put a front tire on because I wanted to and not because I needed to. I ran Mobil one red cap the first 35,000 or so but when that dried up I started running shell rotella 15-40 dino oil and actually like it better, half the cost and works great. I have always used K mart oil filters and always will. $2.12 apiece what can you say. I do all my own maintenance including tires. I am pretty anal about keeping up with stuff and bought a manual with the bike. I also take care of the wifes ss750 with around 15000 miles on it and dito for remarks above. Change the oil keep tire pressure up and watch the chain. I checked the valves at 11,000 miles or so and found they were all pretty tight so don't let that go if your bike calls for valve adjustment. The dealer was supposed to have done it at 600 miles but I swear none of the nuts had ever been touched with a wrench,,,,,just another reason to do it youself if you can.
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