No no no, hoss, you must not crash!! ha ha!
Ride safe mate, that bike will last forever, but it will need occasional repairs.
I am on my second battery now, i do not like M/F i like the standard type, i service it regularly, but that is because i am an Auto Tech and i am anal about Maintenance.
I have not YET, had the problems that others have had, tensioners, stator, or voltage regulator, however everyday i wonder if today will be it.
Lube shaft every rear tire change, must remove snap ring to tear down.
change oil and rear end oil every 7,000 miles.
Run good quality 20w 50w standard oil, dont buy the high priced 'Motorcycle oil' your clutches are wet and regular oil is all
it is, the system likes to rob us you know, with these advertising scheme's.
My old VN had 160,000 miles on it when it was sold, i beleive it had a new stator at 90,000, previous owner said he never remembered any tensioner problems on those older ones, and never did a relocate either.
Key ingredient, is to not overload the system, and also dont let your battery sulphate over it, pull seat and wash with power hose once a year also when battery removed.
Went with cheap tires, big mistake, i now only run OEM bridgestones, they last 10-12,000, el-cheapo's last about 5,000
Last edited by Mastertech; 01-24-2009 at 11:26 AM.