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Old 05-20-2011, 01:52 AM   #1
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go fast vs life of bike

So i was just pondering around town and i noticed i -never- speed :\ let alone go fast. but i was curious, does going fast -all- the time really matter? would it effect the life of the bike? would it hurt anything as long as the bike was maintained correctly? i mean, they wouldn't put the rev limiter at 15k if it wasn't ok to not do it :\ heh )
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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preventative maintenance and maintenance will help a lot. It is a machine.. and machines do break down one way or another. It's possible to outlived you as far as life goes but a rebuild is doable.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:36 AM   #3
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well considering i had a r6 that had 50k+ miles and was a track bike and now is a stunt bike.. and still pulls hard, motors can last a while. as long as you maintain it. track bikes go through alot of abuse also
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:54 AM   #4
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Going fast or slow has nothing to do with the motorcycle life. Maintenance does... Also, knowing how/when to shift gears and rev matching helps the life of the clutch. But doing 65 instead of say 75 will have no difference (apart from your fuel economy...)

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Old 05-20-2011, 06:58 AM   #5
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Google "army of darkness" endurance articles from the 90's to the early 2000's.

They were a WERA endurance crew that was very successful.

They wrote several articles about maintanance of their race bikes.

They maintained them just like street bikes.

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So you've done a track day but never gone fast?

Hmm...
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:51 AM   #7
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The more you're on the throttle the more stress and wear you put on parts. Because of all the variables, it would be difficult to determine to what degree it effects the life of the bike. A lot of wide open throttle would cause more wear than slowly accelerating and rolling on the throttle to a "high" top speed.
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I think, mile for mile, bikes really can last longer with proper maintenance.

The only reason I say this is that cars are HEAVY. That puts a lot of stress on the engine and drivetrain. It takes a lot less to get a bike up and rolling, as well as getting it up to speed.

Take care of it and you likely won't have any issues.
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These are high performance machines built to withstand high rpms, that being said maintenance is the key. There are goldwings that have 150k miles on the original motor, and there are Busas that blow the motor in 2k miles, look at the riders.
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So you've done a track day but never gone fast?

Hmm...
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i have done a track day but what's that have to do with speed? because im normal and don't so 100+ on streets? even at the track i was pretty new to riding, it's the fun i wen't for, not to show all the other guys how fast i could go, i guess you raise valuable points... heh no, no, you really don't

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i have done a track day but what's that have to do with speed?
Is that really a question?

Glad you had a fun time though. What track did you go to?
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If you maintain the bike properly it can last a loooong time. Oil is the lifeblood, keep it changed and use a quality oil and filter.Couriers in England get well over 100k miles otta their bikes and ride the snot outta them. My TLR has over 50k, hundreds of track laps and is as strong now as when new.
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I ride the out of my bike, it has 29k on it and just did the clutch and it was in fairly good condition usual hot spotting on the first steel. But the up keep is done regularly oil is changed 3-4k miles
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