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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-17-2009, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Approaching 10,000 Miles

Just shy of 10,000 miles on my baby tonight. What a wonderful 10K it's been! This is a bit of a milestone for me. It's not a lot of mileage, as I've got a 2005 beauty, but riding with the south Florida crazy cagers has certainly been an experience to almost die for, literally, with each and every ride.

So what mechanical issues should I look for after 10K? Any important preventative measures I should take? I'm gonna need new tires soon, so I'll make sure to lube the splines. While everything seems to be working perfectly right now, I'd like to have a heads up as to what I can expect or what I should do to keep things going well. Nice to be able to tap into the vast breadth of experience here in this forum. You're all the best...

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Clear Alternatives LED brake light
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Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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My automatic cam chain tensioners went out on my '05 b4 10k miles. I simply replaced them with the TOC brand MCCT units. No problems since. Pretty easy replacement, too. With your bike, results may vary. You may have to replace these soon....or they may last quite a bit longer....who knows?

At 10K+ miles, the issue isn't solving problems, but preventing them. Consider adding a voltmeter (if you've not, already) to monitor the bike's charging system, and relocating your regulator/rectifier (again, if you haven't already).

When you replace your tires, upgrade to the maximum recommended sizes per the relevant threads elsewhere in the forum (or in my signature). Use a 45-degree valve stem in the back tire (this makes adding air there soooooo much easier....) and add "Ride On" tire sealant to your new tires after about 100-200 miles on them.

After about 15k-20k miles, replacing the spark plugs with iridium-tipped plugs (like from NGK) will be pretty much the last set of plugs you'll need for the bike. Seldom if ever will these need cleaning, and the bike will start (and run) easier with them as well. Be sure to use an anti-seize compound on the new plug threads during their installation.

Since you live in south Florida, also be very vigilant against rust (again, per other more detailed relevant threads here). Whenever I park my bike for an overnite situation, the fuel tank is either mostly full or completely full, so rust doesn't have a chance to get started.

To keep seals and such from going south, and the battery from going bad (if you don't trickle-charge it), try to ride the bike at least once per week (but of course, preferably more). It's good for the bike, and good for you too....

Past that, it's mostly just adhering to that in the owner's manual & in the maintenance schedule, and using common sense (like keeping clean oil in the crankcase).

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Check your tires the stock tires rarley make it past 10K and if you do them make sure your splines are lubed.

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Very good advice. Got to research the tire choices for a not-to-far away purchace. Question: Can't ride-on tire sealant be installed immediately after the new tires are on? Is there a reason for waiting 100-200 miles?

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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I did not install the "Ride On" tire sealant until after my new tire break-in period.

During the first 100-200 miles, if there is a problem with the new tires (either from the mftr or from the install) you won't use the sealant pre-maturely.

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what is the point of the r/r relocated? i have heard people doing this but i dont know why

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all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
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B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
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2001 Vn750
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spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
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Very good advice. Got to research the tire choices for a not-to-far away purchace. Question: Can't ride-on tire sealant be installed immediately after the new tires are on? Is there a reason for waiting 100-200 miles?
i LOVE the look of the bridgestone spitfires with the RWL on the vulcan

1986 Vn750
18,800 miles, and counting
Bone Stock
New cam chain tentioners
all fluids changed
Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
*wanted*
New grips

2001 Vn750
13,100 miles, and counting
spline lube
Bridgestone S11 100/90
Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
otherwise all stock
*anticipated mods*
Engine Guard
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what is the point of the r/r relocated? i have heard people doing this but i dont know why
The R/R is designed to dump heat. Its default location, right above the goat's belly, is very hot and unventilated. Kind of hard to dump heat there. Relocating it lets it keep cool, dumping heat easily.

Also change the oil every 3k miles. Been doing that since day 1, and my bike is running strong. Almost 46K so far, and still SO many more roads to ride!

The journey is the destination.

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I did not install the "Ride On" tire sealant until after my new tire break-in period.

During the first 100-200 miles, if there is a problem with the new tires (either from the mftr or from the install) you won't use the sealant pre-maturely.
Excellent point, didn't think of that. But when I first got my baby, at about 500 miles a screw pierced my rear tire and I replaced the tire. Hopefully I won't have a flat within the first 100 miles or so of installing new ones...

Rubyrick

MY BABY...
'05 VN750
16,000 miles +
Kawi tank bib
Kawi rear rack
Small windshield
DEKA M/F battery
VN750.com Grill Cover
LED license plate frame
Clear Alternatives LED brake light
Cortech mini tank bag on rear rack
Pirelli MT66 Tires: 110 front / 150 rear
Splines lubed when tires installed at 10,650 miles
Splines lubed again at 14,400 with stubby valve stem install

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When I replaced my original factory tires at just over 11,000 miles, the back tire had not 1 but 2 nails in it--that had been there for (at least) 3k miles. This simply could not have happened on a bike that requires tubes in the tires!!!

The right tire sealant will keep you riding in most cases--instead of beside the road, on foot, turning wrenches--until you make it back to friendlier territory (or longer, as mentioned above).

Real-ly cool stuff!!!....

Disclaimer: the above is in NO WAY any encouragement/incentive/endorsement for anyone to go riding without the appropriate tools and equipment to properly repair a flat. Especially after dark....

Also: be sure to practice using your tire repair kit and equipment B4 you need to use it away from home...

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