Engine Life

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Engine Life

Postby Gordwing » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:13 pm

How many kilometres can you put on a 1500 before having to redo the engine?

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Re: Engine Life

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:26 pm

I don't know about yours, but my 83 1100 aspy has 100,000 miles on it and it aint ready yet. if well taken care of, no reason it shouldn't last you a couple hundred thousand before its ready for a major overhaul.


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Re: Engine Life

Postby redial » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:30 pm

Most give up riding before the GW needs a rebuild. They are built strong, and as long as you do the maintenance, they should last a long time. I have been told that there is one on the roads with over 400 000 miles on the odometer. Do not be in a hurry to wish a major overhaul on the engine on yourself.
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Re: Engine Life

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:48 pm

There are many around with over 150,000 miles on them and still running well, 200,000 miles isn't unusual. Redial is right, most give up riding before the bike gives up the ghost.


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