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post #21 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 07:05 PM
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18k on mine now, nothing other than maintenance stuff like tires, oil, coolant and battery. Bike runs great.

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post #22 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 07:18 PM
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18k on mine now, nothing other than maintenance stuff like tires, oil, coolant and battery. Bike runs great.
Yes I love all the normal maintenance, so easy to do, oil change, brake pads, break fluid, air filter, spark plugs, oil of course, once you get used to taking off the tank, changing the coolant is a snap to, I don't like the valve job, but that's still easier than changing an air filter on a Honda Goldwing, the air filter took me 8 hours to change on the wing
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Mine's an '09, now with 59,000 miles on it. I'm on my 4th set of tires now (counting the factory tires it came with) and my 3rd battery. Just regular maintenance, with no major problems other than last fall I was riding home from work and my clutch cable gave out, it was down to a few feeble strands of metal holding it together so I got that replaced. Then a few weeks ago the shifter linkage broke and I had a new part (I think they called it a "knuckle") replaced as well. Kind of wear and tear type stuff. But otherwise is still running smooth!

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Mine's an '09, now with 59,000 miles on it. I'm on my 4th set of tires now (counting the factory tires it came with) and my 3rd battery. Just regular maintenance, with no major problems other than last fall I was riding home from work and my clutch cable gave out, it was down to a few feeble strands of metal holding it together so I got that replaced. Then a few weeks ago the shifter linkage broke and I had a new part (I think they called it a "knuckle") replaced as well. Kind of wear and tear type stuff. But otherwise is still running smooth!
Pretty impressive.You may hit 100000 miles with that bike.Thank you for posting.

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Mine's an '09, now with 59,000 miles on it. I'm on my 4th set of tires now (counting the factory tires it came with) and my 3rd battery. Just regular maintenance, with no major problems other than last fall I was riding home from work and my clutch cable gave out, it was down to a few feeble strands of metal holding it together so I got that replaced. Then a few weeks ago the shifter linkage broke and I had a new part (I think they called it a "knuckle") replaced as well. Kind of wear and tear type stuff. But otherwise is still running smooth!
I'm curious, have you adjusted the valves on the suggested interval?
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Got my 07 with 17,000 on it. Right now it's around 28,000 and no problems at all. Runs like a champ.

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A little under 50k on my old 900, before I traded it in. Had to replace the stator; common on '06 and '07 models. Few sets of tires. A battery. That's it really. Stator was a 90 minute job and around $200 in parts.

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Here's some data on my 08 900. At about 15k I start doing my own maintenance. It's over 65k now and still running strong. Even though I have a couple other bikes, my 900 is still my favorite.

--- CHANGED
Oil & Filter
date = 03/13/14 - OD = 20,024
date = 05/09/14 - OD = 21,800
date = 07/20/14 - OD = 23,633
date = 10/31/14 - OD = 28,573
date = 03/14/15 - OD = 34,406
date = 05/07/15 - OD = 36,790
date = 05/22/15 - OD = 40,712
date = 08/30/15 - OD = 46,090
date = 11/30/15 - OD = 50,646
date = 03/01/16 - OD = 55,755
date = 04/25/16 - OD = 60,968

Cluch Lever
date = 11/22/15 - OD = 50,646 - replaced
Clutch Cable
date = 11/22/15 - OD = 50,646 - replaced
Headlight
Sylvania H4 9003 Basic - date = 02/12/16 - OD = 54,913 - replaced
Stator
date = 05/09/14 - OD = 21,800 - replaced
date = 11/30/15 - OD = 50,646 - replaced
Battery
date = 05/9/14 - OD = 21,800 - replaced
Coolant
date = 12/11/15 - OD = 51,002
Valve Adjustment
date = not recorded OD = 21,800 - no adjustment needed
date = 12/10/15 - OD = 50,995 - rear cylender exhaust -
Brakes
Brake Pads
Back - Volar VMF A231, OD = 47,557
Back - Volar VMF A231, OD = 52,050
Front - EBC fa229v, OD = 63,280
Back - EBC fa231 / 2v, OD = 63,280
Rotor
Back - EBC md4085, OD = 52,050


Dunlap
Front - factory
Rear - factory
Dunlap
Front - data not recorded
Rear - data not recorded
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Front ME880 130/90H-16 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 5.5 mm - OD = not recorded - date = not recorded
Rear ME880 180/70HB-15 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 8.0 mm - OD = not recorded - date = not recorded
Pirelli
Front Night Dragon 130/90HB-16 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 5.56 mm - OD = 22,330 - date = 05/26/14
Rear Night Dragon 180/70HB-15 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 6.35 mm - OD = 22,330 - date = 05/26/14
Pirelli
Route MT-66 130/90HB-16 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 5.56 mm - OD = 36,790 - date = 05/07/15
Route MT-66 180/70HB-15 Blackwall Tire, Tread Dept - 8.73 mm - OD = 32,690 - date = 02/23/15
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Tour Master 130/90V-16 Blackwall Tire, Tread Depth - 4.76 mm - OD = 47447 - date = 09/20/2015
Tour Master 180/70H -15 Blackwall Tire, Tread Depth - 7.14 - OD = 47,557 - Date = 09/21/2015
Tour Master 180/70H -15 Blackwall Tire, Tread Depth - 7.14 - OD = 52,050 - Date = 01/14/2016
Metzler
Marathon 888 130/90 Blackwall Tire, Tread Depth - 4.9 - OD = 57,958 - Date = 03/31/2016
Marathon 888 170/80 Blackwall Tire, Tread Depth - 6.9 - OD = 57,958 - Date = 03/31/2016

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Other than the Stator being replaced around 12K+/- No issues 38K miles, do all my own maint. and all before MOM guide lines.

12-15 oil & filters
4th rear tire
3rd front tire
Stock dunlops 404's (170-80-16 on rear)
steering stem & swing arm bearings and seals looked great.
May change clutch cable soon

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post #30 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 07:17 PM
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Other than the Stator being replaced around 12K+/- No issues 38K miles, do all my own maint. and all before MOM guide lines.

12-15 oil & filters
4th rear tire
3rd front tire
Stock dunlops 404's (170-80-16 on rear)
steering stem & swing arm bearings and seals looked great.
May change clutch cable soon
Wow I would be upset if I lost a stator, I've got twenty thousand on mine, looks like a bigger problem than what I realized from these posts! That's a major isn't it? What was the cost replace, or was your still under warranty?
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