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Old 12-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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long term maintenance.

coming up on 25K on my 2005 r6. its been geared -1 in the front so the mileage is higher than actual, but in general, what maintenance issues should i be looking for?

valve timing checks? spark plugs. replace or clean/recharge air filter. fork oil. timing chain. etc. how often are these really necessary? and which are the more 'important' ones? i maintain oil and clean/lube chain. and recently bled the brakes. what are good 'real world' intervals for these? ive heard lots of ppl going on 25+k miles and valves still being w/i spec, spark plugs still fresh, etc.

basically what is the crucial stuff and what can be disregarded.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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Bike maintenance varies from make, model, mileage, and how hard it's been ridden. Your best bet is to consult your MOM (motorcycle owner's manual). People who own bikes generally replace/sell/wreck their bikes before critical maintenance is needed. With that being said, valve checks are simple to do but time consuming and very critical. Too tight of tolerance can cause your to seize and bad things will happen. Too loose will cause lowered performance. These machines are like cars but require more care. If you don't have a MOM, look one up online and download it. Not competent enough or lack time, take it to the guys over at Motorcycles Unlimited and they will take care of you and tell you what needs to be done.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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i too have an 05 r6 with about 16k miles (last 6-7k miles are track miles). i regularly change oil/filter, check coolant, clean/lube chain and just changed the spark plugs. bike still runs incredibly strong and i want to keep it running that way. i plan on taking it the shop for further maintenance (valves, shock oil, etc.) but am unsure of whats important
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:52 PM   #4
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Bike maintenance varies from make, model, mileage, and how hard it's been ridden. Your best bet is to consult your MOM (motorcycle owner's manual). People who own bikes generally replace/sell/wreck their bikes before critical maintenance is needed. With that being said, valve checks are simple to do but time consuming and very critical. Too tight of tolerance can cause your to seize and bad things will happen. Too loose will cause lowered performance. These machines are like cars but require more care. If you don't have a MOM, look one up online and download it. Not competent enough or lack time, take it to the guys over at Motorcycles Unlimited and they will take care of you and tell you what needs to be done.
thanks for input. I have and can read a service manual. my question was more pointed towards the 'real world' necessities.

for instance, the timing chain is supposed to last the life of the engine, but on some other r6 forums, i have seen people who have replaced it, and noticed significant stretching of the timing chain. so is it really lifetime? or does it require replacing after a certain time? another example, do rubber brake lines really have to be replaced after 4 or 5 yrs if no cracks or dry rot? or does fork oil have to be flushed and refilled if there are no seal leaks, which would suggest that no moisture or air is getting in b/c the seals are not leaking?

like that.
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