High Mileage Bikes, who's got the highest???

I wonder all the time what i'm about to run into or whats going to absolutely fall apart on my bike as I reach closer and closer to 20K but who's got the highest mileage on a bike and what kinda problems have you had? mainly looking for the xr650l's here! THanks!

I purchased a used 93 650l that had scored piston. Complete bike stock. No mods what so ever. 46,000 miles!

If you maintain it well, the only things that may pop up are worn rings, leaking valves or guide seals.

My 2000 650L is coming up on 36k miles. Probably not much, but commuted 500-600 miles a week for a year and half, when it was not raining. Only thing busted was the countershaft. Plenty of oil changes and a couple replaced rear tires. Other than that...runs like a champ.

I purchased a used 93 650l that had scored piston. Complete bike stock. No mods what so ever. 46,000 miles!

Holy Crap!!! :applause::):cry:

Mine is going to last forever if this snow dosn't go away and this head cold too!!:banghead:

If you maintain it well, the only things that may pop up are worn rings, leaking valves or guide seals.

Honda XR's and XL's have always been known to go through valve guide seals pretty quick. The older ones more than the new ones, though.

1995 XR650L.

Purchased new in May of 1996

Somewhere over 60,000 miles. Many broken speedo cables, once for a whole year.

Still my favorite in the arsenal.

Quiet, Comfortable, Dependible, Fast enough, LOOOOOOONG legs!!!!

I was just thinking... I've heard of beemers that have gone well over 100k, so why can't an XR R/L do it? Their both air cooled motors, and relatively simple.

So the high mileage guys, is the engine ALL stock?

So the high mileage guys, is the engine ALL stock?

In my friend's case, yes.

I think that post was before he did a bit of work on the engine. I remember his aftermarket front sprocket was made of a tougher steel than the shaft, and ended up damaging the splines. I think there was basically some cylinder work done also, but its not like anything blew up on him.

Call it a mid-life service :-P

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That's why I always laugh when someone states that they're looking at buying a XRL with around 7,500 miles but is concerned about the "high miles".

Hell, just commute to work once or twice a week for a couple years and you'll get that. My '01 with only 9,500 has got a long way to go.

I put about 40K on a DR350 and it still ran nice when I sold it. I expected the same kind of miles from my xr650L but it dropped a valve seat at about 8K, I fixed that and stayed with the same piston etc. but then it started to smoke a lot at startup. Ran great just smoked when cold. I went ahead and did a full rebuild at 10K with hi compression piston. It runs like a raped ape now but still smokes on cold starts. I never have to add oil though. I don't know how the oil is getting into the combustion chamber, but it is. Kind of embarrasing but once she's warm it's clean and very strong. BTW, for sale. If any of you have the answer to the smoke, lemme know.:applause::)

I would think a 650R could last just as long as any 650L, but the R's are ushually ridden hard and put away wet:applause:

My uncle did 35K miles on a 650L until a rebiuld:thumbsup:

I know of a guy with over 115,000 km (67,000 miles) on a 2000 XRR with no overhaul!!

Only thing busted was the countershaft.

What was the solution?

I'm curious if the higher mileage guys are using synthetic or dino. NOT starting an oil debate, just wondering if there would appear to be a difference in engine longevity between the two different types of oil.

Depends on failure mode, riding conditions and a host of other variables too.

I will chime back in in about 3-4 years, i do about 1000 miles a month on my XR650R, 9 months outa the year. I only currently have 4500 on my 07. Should have close to 15K by this time next year:applause:

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