Engine Life Question
Posted January 13, 2011 - 05:46 AM
So I am wondering how long this bike might last, considering I will be only trail riding with my son, not racing, and I will maintain the bike rigorously.
The reason I ask is I just read in Motorcyclist, I believe, a service question, where someone wrote in that his new KTM 250 has recommended top end rebuilds after 20-30 hours. That kind of interval is unacceptable, in my opinion, especially considering how expensive KTM's are. My Yamaha has at least that many hours on it now, and runs like a raped ape.
Comments are appreciated. Thanks.
Posted January 13, 2011 - 05:56 AM
I purchased my 2003 WR450 brand new, and rode it for 5 seasons and accrued over 10,000 miles of dirt, supermotard street riding, and dualsport riding.
Only had to do a single valve adjustment at about 6,000 miles.
Here are a few items that I remember replacing during my ownership:
Waterpump impeller shaft & seals
Front and rear brake pads x2
Chain & sprockets x3
Rear swingarm linkage lubrications x2
These are very reliable bikes, just routine maintenance and no worries.
Posted January 13, 2011 - 09:09 AM
Even with the low miles, some shock linkage bearings were rusted and trashed. I do not think any bike manufacturer lubes those bearings very much. My KLR 650 needed a full lube down there when it was brand new.
Posted January 15, 2011 - 05:27 PM
Posted January 15, 2011 - 06:04 PM
Congrats! your the proud owner of (what may be) the most reliable 4 stroke bike money can buy