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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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How long would the 900 last?

I have been wondering how durable these machines are... What kind of mileage can we expect from these V-Twins?

It may be that the 900 model is simply not old enough to test its typical life...

Can some of our high-mileage Vulcan friends comment on this?
What tends to fail first?

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I don't have a high mileage 900 (currently 8k) but the fact that it's water cooled should help alot. Machining tolerances and material qualities have greatly improved from 20 years ago. I'd guess anywhere from 50-100K depending on how well maintained it is. I only put on 3-5K a year, so it would last along time.
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I don't have a high mileage 900 (currently 8k) but the fact that it's water cooled should help alot. Machining tolerances and material qualities have greatly improved from 20 years ago. I'd guess anywhere from 50-100K depending on how well maintained it is. I only put on 3-5K a year, so it would last along time.
In other words, you would get your money's worth.

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I have a riding buddy that has put 50,000 miles on a Kawasaki 650 KLR (2004 model). While the engine is not the same (a 650 Single opposed to an 900 V Twin), the technology that is used should be very similar in terms of materials and wear considerations.

He has just noticed that it is started to smoke a bit through the exhaust, so it is probably time for a new set of rings.

I would think that our engines should do as well.

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It's all kinda like the old commercial from the early 70's, "How many licks does it take to eat a Tootsie Roll pop?". Do you lick it to the Tootsie Roll part and then chew, lick it all the way down or just bite into it... especially the all chocolate ones.
Maintenance and riding habits are about 80-85% of it. The rest depends on what the dude who built you bike did the two previous evenings. I don't see any reason it shouldn't last past paying it off!!! A riding buddy of mine told me the metric bikes are pretty much disposable while Harleys tend to get a much better trade-in value (I could buy 3 Classic LT's for what he paid for his Street Glide). I'd be willing to bet I could come fairly close to squeezing as many miles out of mine as he does his and for a lot less dinero.

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Yeah, but I do like the Heritage Softail Classic.

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