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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:07 AM     #1
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Engine Life

I have a 2008 e-glide ultra it has been well maintained using a quality syn oil. The only mods are SE stage 1 air breather, Vance & Hines slip ons and stage one download. I have 25k on the bike and was wondering what an average motor life is before it needs major engine work.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:18 AM     #2
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Re: Engine Life

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ran a Buell for 50K and never serviced it just to see the wear and they also ran a 4pot Jap equivlent and compared.
the out come was the Buell was carrying its miles very very well as even in Buells tune it was under stressed and the wear at 50K was still well within tolerances and the honing on the barrels could still be seen !!!!!! the 4pot needed quite a few of its bearings replacing and some parts were out side tolerances but again nothing major and easy fixes
So you are saying change oil every 50K and we will be good to go?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (Just kidding of course!)
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:26 AM     #3
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Thanks for the quick response I'll keep changing mine at 5k or less.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:31 PM     #4
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Re: Engine Life

I have a 103,000 on my 04 Road Glide. Never had a problem with the motor. Put bigger cams in it at 30k. Been using synthetic Red Line 20/60 the whole time, which is changed every 5000 miles. I don't baby it, but don't do burn outs or wheelies. Still on original belt too. It still runs strong and has never left me broken down on the side of the road. Bought a new 2010 and have kept the Glide as a spare now.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 12:55 PM     #5
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103K Thats great I look forward to lots of good riding. Here in iowa we only get to ride about 7 or 8 months. BTW I don't do burnouts or wheelies either it gets ran but not abused.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 01:54 PM     #6
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I hear ya. Just don't abuse them, but enjoy em. Another friend put 120k on his 01 Road King before trading up in 07.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 04:08 PM     #7
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I had 80,000 on my 02 Roadglide when I traded it in on an 07...........The 02 got stolen from the guy who bought it from the dealer. as far as I know the bikes in pieces all over the Bay Area. But he said he had put another 14k on it when it was taken and it still ran strong. It had Andrews 26GD cams, A Thunder Header, SE ignition and Air........I sure do miss that bike..........wait.........give a moment...........uhh, I'm ok now.
Don't see why my 09 won't outlast me and my son's plannin on it!
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Old Jul 23rd, 2010, 09:07 PM     #8
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Don't see why my 09 won't outlast me and my son's plannin on it!
My son doesn't want the SG... He wants the wifes 1200 custom, but these mileage numbers are nice to hear considering we don't plan on trading anytime soon...
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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 01:40 AM     #9
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Re: Engine Life

Since I average about 7-8k a year, I am feeling pretty good about my Sportster; I would expect 7-8 years is not a bad deal, but I am expecting better...that is why doing your own maintenance, often and right will go a long way to running gear life.
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Old Jul 24th, 2010, 08:19 AM     #10
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Re: Engine Life

M/c engines have definitely improved over the years & easily go 50K+ w/o experiencing major problems. With proper care & maint...you could go over 100K before even cracking it open for major servicing. Sometimes a "lemon" comes along, but not very often...
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