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    List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    Hi guys could you help me figure out which bikes require the least amount of major maintencae, such as valve adjustsments?
    The Fz6 was my favorite bike I wanted but the fact that it required the valves to be check roughly every 25k miles definetly help me not look at Aprilia and Ducati.

    I was reading that BMW used to make a k engine that did not require valves to be checked but I believe that engine is not made anymore.

    What other bikes out there require very little maintenance?
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    PERIODIC MAINTENANCE CHART
    Honda Goldwing - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 32,000 mi (52,000 km)
    Yamaha FZ6 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 26,600 mi (42,000 km)
    Kawasaki VERSYS 1000 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 26,600 mi (42,000 km)
    Yamaha Tracer 900 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 25,000 mi (40,000 km)
    Suzuki V-Strom 1000 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 25,000 mi (40,000 km)
    Mv Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 18,000 mi (30,000 km)
    Ducati multistrada 1260\950 - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 18,000 mi (30,000 km)
    Honda Africa Twin - CRF1000L - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 16,000 mi
    2015 HONDA Interceptor - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 16,000 mi
    HONDA NC 700X - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 12,000 mi
    BMW F700GS - Check and adjust valve clearance when engine is cold. Every 12,000 mi
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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    How about a Gootzi?

    Shaft drive. Easy to get to valve lash?

    Seriously the FZ6 is so good when it comes to longevity and it's a pretty bulletproof bike up against other make and models. Just look at how we're still on this great forum 10 years after they stopped making the FZ6.

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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    The BMW F800GT was on my radar prior to getting the FZ but beyond my budget. From what I read the valve train rarely requires adjustment and the drive belts can go 30K+ before replacement is needed.
    I never owned/rode one but my understanding is the old mid eighties Honda Night Hawk 700/750's had hydraulic lifters and never needed valve adjustments

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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    For the BMW, I would go to one of their forums and look about.

    Every motorcycle has it's issues...

    IME (46 years), and doing some work on BMW's, they have their issues, are VERY expensive for parts and some designs, WAY over engineered and specialty tools needed for basic maintenance. There were some issues of Cam chains JUMPING upon start up as the tensioner was operated by OIL PRESSURE(forgot which model). There was a "fix kit" for it however it wasn't under warranty, out of your pocket for everything.

    I'm the "KISS" type of person. Keep It Simple Stupid. The less "goodies / accessories", the less there is to break/maintain.

    As noted by Motogiro, the FZ / FJR (similar design) are about bullet proof and rarely need valve adjustments. Being semi naked, it's considerably easier / faster working on the engine/bike in general. It's valve train check is about the longest in the industry.

    If you can find a Hydraulic valve lifter bike would eliminate valve checks. But be forewarned, with hydraulic lifters, your down grading PERFORMANCE significantly.
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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by TownsendsFJR1300 View Post
    Every motorcycle has it's issues...
    True, what might not bother one rider may be a deal breaker for another. Honda VFR800's for example have a very good reputation for being a reliable motorcycle, but there are some reports or regulator/rectifier failures. To me that's not a big deal. The deal breaker comes when it's time for valve adjustments. Like many modern bikes you must pull the cams to remove/replace shims. On top of that is another procedure to adjust the variable valve timing. To do all that you are typically looking at eight plus hours of labor. For those competent enough to tackle a job like that means your bike will be down most if not all weekend. The Kawasaki ZX11 and ZRX's (1100 and 1200) I've had were a breeze to change valve shims on. Just push the lifter aside and let the cam lobe hold it in place while you remove/replace the shim using a magnet and small screwdriver.
    As for the BMW timing chain tensioner issue I know some of the 05' K1200S bikes had a issue (I had one). It was a simple fix (remove/replace). Other maintenance work was a bit more involved. Example: when refilling the cooling system coolant must be drawn in under vacuum to avoid the possibility of air being trapped in the cylinder head. It also required the mechanic at a independent shop specializing in European motorcycles to buy a specialty tool to install the clutch pack.
    As for the F800ST/GT's I think those motors are fairly well sorted out. Like the FZ6, there are reports of owners with 100K+ miles on them. Are they completely trouble free? No. There have been some reports of bearings going bad in the rear wheel/belt drive assembly among other things. One must weigh the pros/cons of each bike to see if it is right for them.

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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    I just adjusted two of my exhaust valves (too tight by .001") 26,600 miles.

    I'm very mechanically inclined (had shims if needed & gasket) and completed from beginning to end in about 4 hours going slow (first time) AND that's adjusting, NOT just checking.. That includes syncing the TB's as well. (very minor adjustment)

    I know I can do it in 3 hours easily and I know it's ACTUALLY BEEN done. Most mechanics would blow off .001". There's a spec there and it's a lot easier/cheaper than a burnt exhaust valve later.

    Being on an FZ6 forum, expect usually good things to be said (naturally).

    Back to the original poster, most valves need checking/adjusting. The FZ is one of the LONGEST mileage IN-BETWEEN checks needed. As I re-call reading, the Concours was needed every 6,000 miles (and that IS a full day job).

    The adjustment was not nearly as hard as I feared and once done, piece of cake and would do another in a heart beat.. (and save at least $600)..







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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    Lastly, about the only other thing to avoid costly valve checks / adjustments is to have a bike with SCREW AND LOCK NUT adjuster accessible from an exterior cap.

    Or, as shown below, a KLR 250 screw and nut, but the valve cover still needs to come off.


    Cams was out for a cam chain replacement(super long chain as well):

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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    Came across this thread while looking for something else https://advrider.com/f/threads/low-m...bikes.1271910/ and thought of this thread.
    I skimmed through it but post #70 (page 4) caught my attention. I knew the Honda NC's were known to be frugal bikes (good mpg) but the 8K mile valve adjustment recommendations turned me away. If Honda has indeed changed the valve check/adjustment recommendation and upped it to 16K miles, then it might be worth consideration. They have the simple screw/lock nut adjusters like my sons Bandit 600.
    Speaking of the Bandit, I bought it for my son as his first street bike. It had two prior owners and had been dropped who knows how many times. My son has dropped it several times since. It is looking ratty (it's his daily transportation) but has been stone reliable in the nearly five years he's had it.
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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by zrexrich View Post
    Came across this thread while looking for something else https://advrider.com/f/threads/low-m...bikes.1271910/ and thought of this thread.
    I skimmed through it but post #70 (page 4) caught my attention. I knew the Honda NC's were known to be frugal bikes (good mpg) but the 8K mile valve adjustment recommendations turned me away. If Honda has indeed changed the valve check/adjustment recommendation and upped it to 16K miles, then it might be worth consideration. They have the simple screw/lock nut adjusters like my sons Bandit 600.
    Speaking of the Bandit, I bought it for my son as his first street bike. It had two prior owners and had been dropped who knows how many times. My son has dropped it several times since. It is looking ratty (it's his daily transportation) but has been stone reliable in the nearly five years he's had it.
    I always liked that Honda took a leap and built the NCs. That frame and engine were used on 3 platforms including a scooter. Looks like you only need to remove the radiator to do the valve lash. At least you're putting in fresh coolant at every valve check. The engine has that forward rotation design.
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    Re: List of Motorcycle that require the least amount of maintenance

    thanks for the reply guys. Did some research and update the top with what I found. What do you guys think about the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ?

 

 
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