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Turning 67,000 Miles

Hello All,

Since March '08, I've been the proud owner of the V and have been looking at tips from this site ever since. I bought it without even a test ride and has been my #1 instrument in my path for extreme adventure. Now that I'm about to turn 67,000 miles, I thought it was time to give back and share some of my success, modifications, and adventures. Here is my latest adventure:

http://www.startingsixskiblog.com/?p=1338
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Awesome trip, thanks for sharing! You sure like your adventure.......I'm talking about the 26 tire plugs and duct tape!

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thanks for sharing
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67,000 miles that pretty impressive
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Way to grab life by the handful man!
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Congratulations! And, I see your REI waterproof compression sack. Don't leave home without one.
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Geez - for a YOUNG guy, you SURE cram a lotta living into a few days!

Can't wait to see what you can still do when you get OLDER...!

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Just curious but with 67,000miles what can we all expect in terms of maintenance and things to go wrong?
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Hello All,

Since March '08, I've been the proud owner of the V and have been looking at tips from this site ever since. I bought it without even a test ride and has been my #1 instrument in my path for extreme adventure. Now that I'm about to turn 67,000 miles, I thought it was time to give back and share some of my success, modifications, and adventures. Here is my latest adventure:

http://www.startingsixskiblog.com/?p=1338
That looks like quite a fun trip! I, myself, recently rode from South Carolina out to New Mexico, Utah, Colorado area and it was an eye opening experience. There's nothing like traveling on a motorcycle!

Congrats!
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Just curious but with 67,000miles what can we all expect in terms of maintenance and things to go wrong?
Twowheels, and others interested: As of today, March 25, 2014, I have 93,884 miles on the V. While still in great shape, and still getting compliments on how good she looks, some things need repaired. I just picked up the packing and seals to rebuild all the brake calipers, which have seized up slightly and with the pots not running smoothly, uneven pad wear is occurring. Additionally, there seems to be a minor oil leak along the oil pan gasket, so I have one of those on order. Feel free to check all my mods on my profile page, not included in those however is my recent heated clothing. I mention that because prior to yesterday, I would have said the V is still 110% mechanically and electronically sound, HOWEVER, I was stranded along the road due to it simply not firing properly. What sounded and felt like a blown spark plug soon turned into a sputtering sporadic mess of a rhythm and eventual stall. I have now come to believe this is due to me draining too much electrical power from bikes charging system, because now I just fired her up after a full battery tender charge and now runs great yet again. I am not entirely electrically savvy, does that scenario sound feasible or may it be something else? Thanks to all who may respond. -ckulishrun
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Thanks for sharing your adventure! Very cool!

Your electric problem is beyond my knowledge of the V sorry. But 93k+ wow!

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Could be too much drain on the elec system. See if it returns when your not putting such a draw on the system. Also see what your voltage is when all your stuff is on.
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...not included in those however is my recent heated clothing....
I have TOURMASTER Synergy heated jacket liner and chaps liner, which have ONLY been used simultaneously a FEW times, but I've run the jacket for hours on end w/ out problems. A friend had a Yamaha FZ6, and had his jacket and pants (maybe gloves too) hooked up when we went for a 120 mile ride, stopped for gas, and his Yam would NOT start - TOO much drain! We pushed him, his stuff turned OFF, and the rest of the ride he was OK.

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Cool stories. I have taken the time to read everything, and I have a question. Have you ever had to replace your stator?

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Great story, and trip. I had my share of fun and about 10 other peoples when I was a younger man, and always strive to stay a few steps ahead of father time. Keep having fun an staying young, but try getting a little more sleep!

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