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Keep on keeing on . . .

Hello All,
The Versys was my first motorcycle. I love it. I knew it was the bike for me when I walked in the door of my local dealer and saw it. So, far I have changed oil, tires, and chains and rings, some spray lube to boot. I did add a Corbin seat and Givi cases. I run Mobil 1 10-40 regular oil not motorcycle oil. Changed the original bearings to Allballs bearings for the wheels. All this and I am at 93,500 miles. This bike just keeps on rolling. I’ll add a pic of the odometer if y’all like.

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Awesome! Good to hear!
Still have the OEM charging system? (stator, etc...)

I ask because I have about 53K on mine and I bought the extended warranty when I bought the bike...have about 15 months left on it, and I am hoping if that (charging system) is going to go, I want it to go fairly soon! That is, quite honestly, the only component I am even slightly worried about...
Just for reference, at what mileage did you do the wheel bearings? Any particular reason? Preventative maintenance or...?

Personally, I don't really care about a pic, but I wouldn't mind seeing one once you hit 100K--that's the REAL milestone!
I have never seen a 100K odo pic on this site before....


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That's awesome! Have you not done any valve work to it? I'm not even sure what the recommended valve intervals are.
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Yeah, there is a little bit more I forgot about.

I did change the valve springs at around 60K miles and the wheel bearings around 45K miles. The stator was changed also somewhere between 50 and 60 K miles. Valve springs were a bit of work but totally doable at home if you have the tools. I had to drop the engine on mine because some Good Intentioned Citizen brought it on themselves to bugger my left sided dead bolts. Was a little more work, but I got it done. Um, shims I change when they sound funny and clatter. Feel free to ask about anything else I missed. Oh, fork oil! Usually every spring. Use the recommended oil from Honda. Good stuff.


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Eh, I'm just getting started with my Versys.

It's motorcycle number(maybe) 60.

We typically ride 30K miles+ each year, But don't keep them that long. When they get up around 50,000 miles then we get rid of them.

For us, it's a reliability issue. Maybe just peace of mind when heading out for a road trip that could be a couple thousand miles.

Although, we have run a Gold Wing and one Harley past 100,000 miles.

Nice to hear that you have 93K on yours, and thank-you for the post !
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Here is a pic of my odometer.
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Let me get this straight. You've replaced valve springs and piston rings? That's not really low maintenance considering there are cars that can go 100,000 miles on the OEM sparkplugs.
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No piston rings. Just valvesprings.

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Let me get this straight. You've replaced valve springs and piston rings? That's not really low maintenance considering there are cars that can go 100,000 miles on the OEM sparkplugs.
True, cars have four or more cylinders and typically run at considerably lower RPM. I do a lot of highway at highway speeds. It was not overly difficult. If you pile on some mileage you will find things that need to get replaced too.

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Cool! I go back and forth on whether to keep running the Versys or trading it in on a 2014, or trying something else. I will probably wait and see that all the 2015 models are. Nice to know I can go another few years if I want to though.

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True, cars have four or more cylinders and typically run at considerably lower RPM. I do a lot of highway at highway speeds. It was not overly difficult. If you pile on some mileage you will find things that need to get replaced too.

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100,000 miles for a set of rings is not impressive for a motorcycle engine. I know several super sports, 600cc inline 4, with more than 100,000 miles still on the original piston rings.

For comparison, the V-Strom engines are known to be able to go 100,000 miles on their original rings, if anything gives up that could be the valve guides.

There are other members on this website with high mileage Versys and they haven't had replaced any engine internals.
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Get a KLR....last & last & last I know of 2 with over 100,000 still running. I have over 32,000 on my 2009 and no problems other than a short in a wire.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Get a KLR....last & last & last I know of 2 with over 100,000 still running. I have over 32,000 on my 2009 and no problems other than a short in a wire.
It would be fun to have a duel sport. Maybe when they move to fuel injection.

My V is running fine and fixed now.

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Put another oil change on my belt.

108000, still runs very well.
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108000, still runs very well.
Wow, that is a lot of miles! I hope mine makes it that far without having to tear the engine out though.

I have about 5000 miles on mine so I am slowly getting there! =-)
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nice to see i think i just passed 36K on mine >.> tho i also STILL dont have an endorsement so its not surprising i dont rack up tons of miles

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Dayum...I hope they get that kind of mileage out of the 2015, which I'm about to start negotiations for!
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Just an FYI.

I noticed my horn is having trouble at idle. May have to replace the stator again soon.

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