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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