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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Too many miles?

OK, while shopping used Verys', what's considered high miles and at what intervals do 'services' need performing?
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That is a loaded question. I have seen motorcycles with 3000 miles on them that were abused and mistreated and never covered or parked inside that were junk. I've seen well maintained motorcycles with 150,000 miles on them that looked and ran as well as the day they were made.

Services need performing when it is necessary to perform the service. Riding in dusty dirty conditions, riding in the city, hard use require closer service intervals. Mostly backroad cruising with very few stops and enough miles ridden clear out moisture and contaminants then less frequent service is required.
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Fair enough, though being from a time warp old school(where Bonnevilles needed rebuilt at 5-7k, Harleys at 4-8k) and having looked at Dukes(7500mile valve adj), I was wondering about say a 10k+ V vs. a lower mile one. Certainly, lower mile equal condition rides will command different prices.

Just wondering about the maintenance/adjustment/dealer servicing schedule on the V.
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BIKE magazine here in old Blighty ran an article some years ago where they stripped down a (IIRC) Honda CBR600 which had covered over 120,000 miles while being used by a courier. The bike had an oil change every week because of the mega miles the owner was clocking up and when they checked the engine, practically everything was within spec. There were a few components which needed attention (camchain guides) and the valves could have been treated to being re-seated, but all the major bearings, the bores etc were dead on.
Ultimately, it all depends on how it's been looked after and the Japs do know how to put an engine together.

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The valve adjustment interval for the non California models is every 26K miles I believe (and 16K for the cali models I think). The owner's manual specifies some ridiculously long oil change interval--something like every 12K miles (most change it every 3K to 5K). I've read other forum members who have 50K+ miles on their bikes with no major mechanical issues.

I agree with a previous poster. IMO it's all about the bikes overall condition: For the same price, I'd rather buy a well maintained bike with 20K on it than an abused and neglected bike with 5K on it.

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The valve adjust service is probably pretty expensive, if done by the dealer, so probably better not to get a bike that is close to needing that. Or at least be aware of that expense when dealing on the bike.

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I got mine with over 20K on it. My buddy who just bought a new o9 is jealous of how great mine feels. Element (the PO) broke it in right and took care of it for sure.

Ask to owner to show you his service documentation. If he is detailed at all in his care for the V i think you have a safe bet.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2011, 04:04 AM
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Hi there

Well I have a '07 V with 70000km( = 43 495.9835 miles) on the clock, and it runs like the day it came out of the factory.
As the others said it all depends on how well it's maintained, and how you use/abuse it

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I would wager that anything with less than 10 k miles will be in very good condition, even if neglected. It's not a very old model after all. I would even bet that consumables like brakes and chain are okay at that low mileage. It is a very robust bike, it has a strengthened subframe, and the way the engine is tuned I don't think most owners rev it to the moon constantly (no need).

The 16 k mile valve adjustment interval is for bikes here in Canada, not California. All the US bikes are 26 k miles.

BTW, I have 50,000 kms on my bike, no issues whatsoever.
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