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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    We all hear a lot about how many miles a rider has traveled and the awards they can garner; but are there any records of how many miles bikes have logged and how an owner explains some of the major miles they have gotten out of their bikes and how they keep them running despite the bikes age and high mileage? I have never seen this type data anywhere. If this type data has never been collected it could be an interesting read and be a possible research project for publication.

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    I think you need to clarify what the question(s) is(are).

    Are you asking how people put so many miles on their bikes?
    Are you asking how people kept their bikes running for so many miles?
    Are you asking where people went who put that many miles on their bikes?
    Are you asking if there is a mileage based award/records - per bike?

    Clarification please.

    My response would be - R1200R's are notoriously reliable. I just get on mine and go wherever my brain tells me to. That's included several trips across the US and back, trips to Canada, trips down south and lots of local (500 miles or less) riding. I just tend to ride a bit. I get on mine and go - it always gets me where I'm going and brings me back. I generally service it myself - by the book. Biggest expense is fuel and tires.

    BTW - I think you might include CAMHEADS in the question - they're basically the same engine, just a different cylinder head.
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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    Good point to include camheads. What I was offering was a question to forum readers about hexheads, and now also camheads, that in their owners opinion their bike(s) had been driven, per the odometer, what they considered a considerable number of miles, by bike, lets say 80,000 and up, and how they might explain the manner in which they maintained their bike(s) to have achieved this high mileage, by bike.
    I have only suggested a starting point of 80,000 miles to clarify my proposed idea and as I had read somewhere that BMW had offered this # as a manufacturing goal they had for their bikes to reach without any major repairs. Is this helpful?

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    2013RT, 87000 miles in 48months, 20 days, 11 sets of tires, 11 6000mile services, loads of fun...add to that 9000 miles on a 15 S1000R on third set of tires....

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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    Perhaps a forum administrator can change the title of this thread on the index page as titled above?

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    Not a hex/cam head, but I put 200,000 miles on an airhead, R60/5. I did all the maintenance myself. Just changed the oil, plugs and points, original clutch. I would have to check the log about brake pads, I don't remember if I had to change them. I did have to replace the rear fender once when a car behind me didn't wait for me to start when a light turned green.
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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    The respondents above are certainly dedicated riders. I wonder if Wyman.winn does his own maintenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronk View Post
    The respondents above are certainly dedicated riders. I wonder if Wyman.winn does his own maintenance?
    yes he does.....

    and several other RTs....
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    My '07RT has 147K kms on it. The fpc failed several years ago, replaced it and no problems since. The recalls were all attended to. Although the infamous final drive bearing gave no indication of failing, I replaced it myself at 142K kms. Naturally the bearing was still good...I do all my own maintenance and find there is less servicing required than on my old '83RT (that I put 220k kms on). Unless the engine or transmission blew up, I would just replace the failed components and ride on. However, my opinion might be different if I too had suffered some of the same misfortunes others have. Gary.
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    Great mileages, your maintenance has paid off!

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    I'm now at 182000km on my 07

    So far, besides normal maintenance and recalls, I had to replace my rear ISA strut at 70,000km and my drive shaft rear U-Joint seized last month. (Which also wrecked my swing arm )
    I just replaced the brake rotors
    I do my own maintenance and replaced everything myself.
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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    Major repairs are not so bad if you can save the labor costs with self repair. I recently changed out the brake modulator on my '05 RT after doing a lot of research. Still pricey with only 35K miles but
    I learned a lot and had a great sense of accomplishment. It is also great to hear from folks with a lot of miles on their bikes.

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    My 2011 Camhead's not high mileage YET. 38,500 after four years in service, dealer NOS purchased in January of 2013. Couple issues, fuel strip, need third one installed, replaced rear ABS sensor, replaced in one service transmission input shaft seal, counter balance shaft seal and clutch. Bike is comfortable and runs like a champ, looking forward to many miles now only if i was born rich instead of handsome, I wouldn't need to work and could really rack up some miles.
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    2012 RT 107,000 miles

    Yes do my own maintenance. Only problem occurred at about 90k... bought some bad gas. When removing gas tank, fuel pump flange cracked, causing need for fuel pump replacement.

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    Camheads and Hexheads and Top Mileage Obtained

    Quote Originally Posted by baronk View Post
    We all hear a lot about how many miles a rider has traveled and the awards they can garner; but are there any records of how many miles bikes have logged and how an owner explains some of the major miles they have gotten out of their bikes and how they keep them running despite the bikes age and high mileage? I have never seen this type data anywhere. If this type data has never been collected it could be an interesting read and be a possible research project for publication.
    2010RT purchased new, now has 219,000 miles. I do most of the maintenance but not all. Failures: Final drive bearing and drive shaft u-joints both going at 105,000, now have re-greasable u-joints from Bruno in Ontario. I use what I consider good oil but not synthetic. Oh, I'm on my 3rd set of wheel bearings.

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