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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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how long to inline 4's last

I seen a cbr600 for 3 grand and it has 30,000 miles on it, how long can these thing take a beating, and what goes wrong on most of them when they do go bad?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 10:40 PM
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Dad has a bike with well over 50,000 on it some time back & still riding it with many more miles in mind.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 11:04 PM
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Originally posted by Smitty
Dad has a bike with well over 50,000 on it some time back & still riding it with many more miles in mind.
Smitty, that bike turned over 100,000 a couple of weeks ago on the way to California. It's at 107,000 now.

If that bike you're looking at is well maintained that mileage shouldn't hurt but you can likely find a lower mileage example. Have it looked at by a mechanic if you get serious about it and keep in mind that the mileage could hurt resale if you plan on getting rid of it soon. With good maintenance, they'll run a long time, but there are so many lower mileage bikes around it's usually not necessary to buy higher miles. On the other hand, if it's REALLY nice, passes a mechanics careful scrutiny, and the price is REALLY good, go for it!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2004, 11:23 PM
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At 63 I whip & rip every Sat & Sun on a 225mi loop from sea level to 10,000 ft elevation and back down, on a 1993 Honda CBR 900RR that this day 7/8/04 has 145,883 mi on it, I just spooned on my 24th set of Dunlop tires, and did the 43rd oil change last week, this bike is bullet proof, never been apart, the valves have stayed at the same setting after the 35,000 mi one and only adjustment.

This bike is redden like a 125 MXer, pinned all the time, and loves the 7 to 11,000 power curve zone, always going 115-145mph, this bike gets no mercy, only good maintenance,3,000 mi oil changes, 9,000mi filter, all swing arm and delta link shock pivots have zirk fittings, this makes for good working Race Tech suspension

The main reason for the longevity of this classic machine is DURALUB oil additive.
I use 6oz with every 4qt of Honda 10-40, PLUS a magnet oil drain plug.

I also use Duralube on the chain with a ˝ inch wide art brush when the chain is hot after a ride, this takes only a few minutes, and worth the effort, you will never have tight spots in your chain, I can get 35,000+ mi out of a chain & sprocket set.

Mix a small amount of Duralub with wheel bearing grease, pop seals out and repack bearings every 4th tire change.

Funnel some in to the clutch cable, wow magic clutch pull and it will last a long time.

A low miles none ridden bike (wife whipped workaholic poseur owned) is prone to pitted shock shafts & fork tubes, endless electrical problems because of the battery always at a discharge and maybe a rats nest in the air box. “A good bike is a ridden bike”

Bottom line> Inline 4s take a pounding for a long time, just keep’em reved dude.
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