Originally Posted by Jack of Heats JoH
I really never cared for the look of my 2011 V. But I bought it to ride it to look at, while I have contemplated getting a different bike, the more I ride the V the better I like. I just don’t need anymore power, it is paid for and suits my riding needs. That said I have decided to just stick with my V.
What I would like to know is what I can expect from the V before it will require major work. I ride it moderately hard and keep it well maintained synthetic oil and filter change every 4k miles, did the valve clearance at 15K and have about 17k on her now and she is purring like a kitten.
My guess is I can get about 50K miles before any major engine work is needed. Does that sound about right?
I have a 2010 now with 30K and owned a 2008 I drove 35K.
In no particular order:
1) You can go quite a bit further on a synthetic oil change with filter. I think about 12K km/7500 miles in the manual OR 1 year. No sense in changing it more frequently. I do find however I get better shifting with a 10W-40 motorcycle specific synthetic compared to a diesal 5W-40 oil like shell rotella synthetic.
2) I typically get about 20,000-25K km on an OEM chain and slightly longer on an XRing chain. Could be the OEM chain is a cheapy chain. The rear sprocket will go at least 2 chains and the front 1 or 2 chains. When you free wheel the rear while on a stand and can feel a slight resistance at a point of chain rotation due to a stiff link, I change the chain rather than wait for more severe symptoms.
3) Clutch cables go as well with binding, lubing anually will help as will lubing and adjusting the throttle cables
4) Do measure and adjust your valve shims early. I did mine early at 25K km and I seem to recall 3 were out of range. Most people who have done theirs early on this forum have had similar results. Your engine should last longer because of this
5) No issues with spark plugs although air filter gets dirty
6) I've replaced many batteries over the years. Don't let them run down and keep them topped with a trickle charger and they last longer, particularly over the off season
7) I took may forks apart last winter and the oil was dirty, which I replaced along with the fork seals although the original seals were OK. Front suspension feels better since this.
8) My front brake pads are coming up on their first replacement around 30K km. The rears seem fine. I would also suggest replacing front brake lines with steel braided cable and a good bleed job at the same time as there is a big improvement to be had with this in brake feel. The thoroughness of the bleed job is critical to getting the positive effect of the steel braided lines though. Just pumping out the large air bubbles is not enough.
9) Had to replace my city light (light above headlight) with an LED and then tape it in place to the socket as the socket does not secure it.
I suspect the wheel bearings and steering bearings will need to be done at some point when they start to exhibit issues. Also the performance of the rear shock fades over time. Other than that I would not expect any other wear items on the bike. No one on this forum for instance ever had clutch issues. There is not much to be done to the engine except adjust the valves.