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Bike's life expectancy

So, just how many miles do you think your FZ6 will be around before she croaks / dies / sputters to a stop / never rides again / needs a major transplant ?

I just clocked over 11,000 miles today, and was wondering what the max. mileage is we could expect out of our bikes ?

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i'd be disappointed if you can't go 3 or 4 times that far without any major problems, but who knows for sure. And of course that is assuming your doing all your maintenance and taking care of her like you should be. I'm pretty sure I saw someone post the other day that they are over 16,000 now, not sure though.

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I'm pretty sure I saw someone post the other day that they are over 16,000 now, not sure though.
Not just yet ..... give me 4-5 days then I'll be over 16K

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I would think any modern watercooled motorcycle engine would last at least 100,000 miles barring any design flaws. As for the FZ6 the engine was first designed for the R6 and for our bikes it is somewhat detuned and not run as hard as most race ready bikes.


Now if your bike lives at redline for most of its life, it probably will not last as long.

Having owned BMWs before this, I know of some with over 200,000 miles and the main reason for their longevity, is their engines are understressed. How many litre bikes do you know that only produce 100 HP?

I would think that a modern inline four that is basically built for the track will last 100,000 under normal use, provided it is well cared for.

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I would think any modern watercooled motorcycle engine would last at least 100,000 miles barring any design flaws. As for the FZ6 the engine was first designed for the R6 and for our bikes it is somewhat detuned and not run as hard as most race ready bikes.


Now if your bike lives at redline for most of its life, it probably will not last as long.

Having owned BMWs before this, I know of some with over 200,000 miles and the main reason for their longevity, is their engines are understressed. How many litre bikes do you know that only produce 100 HP?

I would think that a modern inline four that is basically built for the track will last 100,000 under normal use, provided it is well cared for.

Phew! Makes me feel better
It's good to know that if I care for her regularly according to the manual (which I do), I could have another 9 years to go with her.
Of course, if Yam would just redesign the FZ1 to look a liitle more modern, and keep the price reasonable, she might just find herself sleeping next to one!
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ill be happy if i keep mine long enough to rack 50k. I know that this wont be my last bike ever anyways. I will probably be looking for a newer FZ6 or FZ1 when they decide to redesign again. Dont get me wrong though, i love my FZ6! I just know that it wont exactly be my last bike.

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Of course, if Yam would just redesign the FZ1 to look a liitle more modern, and keep the price reasonable,
O I wish. Compared to the looks of the FZ6 the FZ1 just looks so blah. If they redesigned the FZ1 to look more like the FZ6 I would definatly consider it for a next bike. But I'm not "planning" on getting a new bike till at least 2008 so hopefully the do something with the FZ1 in that time.

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I'm nearing 20k (miles), someone on the UK board is slighty ahead of me
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O I wish. Compared to the looks of the FZ6 the FZ1 just looks so blah. If they redesigned the FZ1 to look more like the FZ6 I would definatly consider it for a next bike. But I'm not "planning" on getting a new bike till at least 2008 so hopefully the do something with the FZ1 in that time.
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I had an '02 FZ1 and a '99 R6 at the same time. I sold 'em both and went for the FZ6 primarily for the weight and fuel injection. The R6 was for the track, and the FZ1 was for long hauls. I wanted one bike to do both, and with modest modification, the FZ6 will do just that. It's 55 lbs. (wet) lighter than the FZ1, and comfy enough for 300 mile days.
One other point on the FZ1, it's a fantastic bike, but it was terrible to start in cold weather, and the analog gauges are terrible when compared to digital.
On the point of longevity. I've bought and sold a bunch of japanese sportbikes, and you NEVER see them with over 50k. Just an observation

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I've bought and sold a bunch of japanese sportbikes, and you NEVER see them with over 50k. Just an observation
I think that's mainly due to the fact that most sportbikes get thrashed to death, or crashed. Look at Harley's, i know of quite a few of them that are nearing 100k or more and running good (for a hd). I also know of atleast 1 sportbike with over 100k on it.
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I'm told by most people who ride Yamaha's that they'll be free of any serious maintenance till around 40-60k miles. And the reasons the Harley's last so long is the owner's spend the whole life putting new parts on them
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I had an '02 FZ1 and a '99 R6 at the same time. I sold 'em both and went for the FZ6 primarily for the weight and fuel injection. The R6 was for the track, and the FZ1 was for long hauls. I wanted one bike to do both, and with modest modification, the FZ6 will do just that. It's 55 lbs. (wet) lighter than the FZ1, and comfy enough for 300 mile days.
One other point on the FZ1, it's a fantastic bike, but it was terrible to start in cold weather, and the analog gauges are terrible when compared to digital.
On the point of longevity. I've bought and sold a bunch of japanese sportbikes, and you NEVER see them with over 50k. Just an observation
I think people on the Japanese bikes just get bored with them and decide to get a new one (that and they can AFFORD to buy a new one becuase they don't have to take out a second mortgage on their house to buy one).

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We'll see .... like i said I'm keeping mine for a while and don't plan on riding any less then I am now. A lot of sport bikes are riden hard so owners don't want to keep them that long cause all that abuse adds up on the bike and takes it toll. I don't really ride that hard myself, sometimes I forget where the red line really is cause I've only been over 10K rmp maybe 20-30 times Yeah I know .... what a waste of power. It's just I rarely need much more then that. The bikes quick as it is and I thru on the 15t front sprocket. So I'm guessing mines gonna be around for a long time
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