Yesterday I went for a 129 mile 'jaunt' on BIG RED, of which about 60 miles were on dirt roads, and my odometer "clicked" over the 50,000 mile mark as I rode onto the Hunt Hwy, seven miles from home.
When I got into my garage it was time for an oil change, and some pics to show some 'interesting' things about those 50K miles:
...1. BIG RED is STILL on the ORIGINAL chain, which has been adjusted 29 'flats' (a hex bolt has 6 flats), or 4 5/6 turns, in its life - I know... I'm anal, keeping track of stuff like that - which amounts to about .25" of rearwards adjustment. Bill Watson of ThermoBob fame did an experiment which he documented on his site (http://www.watt-man.com/uploads/WD40experiment.pdf
) where I lifted those measurements to convert MY 4 5/6 turns to the 5 he experienced. The pics show the rear adjusters as well as the condition of the (dusty) chain when I got home, then how much slack I arrived with at home, chain WD40'ed. In that time the ONLY lube I've put onto the chain is WD40 which I buy in gallons, so you can draw your own conclusions as to the efficacy of lubing w/ WD40.... During the 50K miles I 'reversed' the rear sprocket and replaced the front one at 29,xxx miles, and the front sprocket looked VG when I checked it yesterday.
...2. BIG RED is STILL on the ORIGINAL cables. The ONLY one I 'oil' is the clutch cable, and I use (wait for it...) - WD40 - but I have re-adjusted it to reduce the stress that that cable has from the factory set-up, and which I talked about on various threads here.
...3. BIG RED is STILL on the ORIGINAL battery which I remove each spring when we head back to BC, then bring into the house (kept at MAX 88F), and put onto a Schumaker maintenance charger thru a 24 hour timer set for 15 minutes/ 24 hrs.
...4. BIG RED is STILL on the ORIGINAL bulbs w/ the exception of low-beam which I replaced a year or so ago (did NOT use WD40 on it...
I get somewhere around 55+ mpg, and I love this Bike! Apologize that some pics aren't in order....