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Milestone of sorts

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I hit 145,770 miles today on my 2008 Vision, which may seem like a weird number to celebrate but it has a hidden meaning... I bought this bike with 45,750 miles and at the time I was very concerned with the mileage, I really wanted a Vision and it was what I could afford back then, but I was really hoping it would have some miles left in it.
So far, it had 100,000 more, and it still looks good, runs fine, and gets me to work every day. No engine work, no major breakdowns a few things had to be replaced, the fuel pump at 65K, the clutch at 108K and a transmission output shaft seal at about 90k, but other than that it's just been routine maintenance items, brakes, tires, oil.

The original owner paid about $23,000 for it, and rode it 45K miles, then sold it to me for $5500, so on a cost per mile basis I think I've done quite well. I ride it year round, in heat, cold, rain, dust, and a bit of snow occasionally :cool: , it's been as reliable as an anvil and see no reason this bike won't go 200K, Victory built some very reliable machines.

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That's so awesome!! Any major repairs needed for those 100K miles? Or just regular maintenance?
A few things, nothing crazy in almost 150K miles.

Fuel pump got noisy at 60K, replaced it. probably the most expensive part I changed, I think it was $200
Compensator was noisy, I replaced a $30 spring
Clutch wore out at 108K, I consider that normal wear.
Output shaft oil seal failed, $50 part.
I broke a spark plug wire at 120K, had to change them.
Pretty much everything else was maintenance, tires, oil, light bulbs, wheel bearings, brakes, spark plugs, etc
The only thing on the bike that doesn't work is the gear indicator, was a known issue on 08s, a bad design that fails. I fixed it, it broke again, I decided I didn't need it so I disabled it electrically, it always reads 1, but this way it doesn't mess up the rev/ speed limiter like it did when acting up.
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I'm starting to become a firm believer that keeping these things moving is the key to longevity. Seems like that idea is working for you as well. Many more safe/happy miles to you!
I agree, daily use seems to be the way to keep them rolling a long time!
You must be WAY up there if you add up the mileage on all your bikes @mike721.
Now you have me wondering, I'll have to try and figure it out
I have somewhat over 300,000 lifetime miles.
But I'm sure I don't come even close to you, Mike.
Actually I think I'm probably around the same thing, don't forget I rode from age 15-20 then took a short 30 year break, then got back into riding I think 9 years ago
I seem to average 30-40k a year so I'd say I'm probably round 300K .
Maybe one day I can try to figure it out accurately.
VStars are durable bikes as well, I put about 60K miles on a 650 without any issues that I didn't cause :)
Another example of results that can be enjoyed through performance of SCHEDULED maintenance.
Maintenance on a Victory is pretty minimal, change the oil, lube a couple things, check the tires, change the brake and clutch fluid every 2 years, that's about it.
The bikes were over engineered, they set service intervals that were too frequent, a belt change at 30K? That proved ridiculous, any Victory belt from 2007 on is virtually indestructible and will easily last 100K, I changed mine at 108K because I had it off to do something else and I had a spare, it looked fine and it's hanging on my wall as a spare. I've heard of them lasting 200K. Wheel bearings went more than 100K then I changed them, I was going to change the fork oil at 100K but I stumbled across a brand new $3000 set of factory option chrome forks in the box on sale for $200 on eBay so I put those on instead.
I did have to change the mufflers of all things, I forgot about that, one of them cracked at the inlet pipe and tried to fall off, I welded it back together and it was fine and you couldn't see it under the shield but I found a set of stock used mufflers ( looked brand new, must have been taken off an almost new bike) for $100 so I swapped them before it cracked again.
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Unless you have to ride a lot of gravel roads like here. Then you want to take inspections seriously and just hope you don't get a rock the rips a chunk out or more in between inspections.
That is true, a rock through a belt can wreck it.
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