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Gringo

Of all the bikes I've had I've never run up vast amounts of miles on a single machine. Most I had on the clock was 72000 on my old nail 250N superdream.

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Steve Case

Yay, Superdream, I remember when they came out and it was like... Wow thats a really big 250!

 

Stand next to one nowadays and its bleeding tiny. Or I've stretched a bit...

 

Anyhoo how can anyone add mileage at the mo, we can't go anywhere. I've now had my NC for 18 months and only added 9k miles. In a standard year I do 9600 miles just commuting then add the local running around and its 12K.

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Tatts

This is interesting but it's in Spanish with English subs.  Just under 30k miles...  

 

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motorbykcourier

I see this thread is still going - so thought I'd update.

We are running at well over 250K miles now....

I'd show a picture of the speedo, but its been replaced twice early on as there were recalls - the mileage is logged for business purposes, hence stating and knowing the current figure.

The speedo on the bike just now is showing just over 200K miles.

This week has been quite quiet for bike work (we also have a van), but after today's run - Newmarket to Whitchurch (horse embryo transfer) I'll have done ~1200 miles so far this week.

FYI Ride mag did a feature on the bike a few months ago in the high mileage heros feature

 

TTFN...

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Xactly
31 minutes ago, motorbykcourier said:

I see this thread is still going - so thought I'd update.

We are running at well over 250K miles now....

I'd show a picture of the speedo, but its been replaced twice early on as there were recalls - the mileage is logged for business purposes, hence stating and knowing the current figure.

The speedo on the bike just now is showing just over 200K miles.

This week has been quite quiet for bike work (we also have a van), but after today's run - Newmarket to Whitchurch (horse embryo transfer) I'll have done ~1200 miles so far this week.

FYI Ride mag did a feature on the bike a few months ago in the high mileage heros feature

 

TTFN...

Yes, I still have the Ride feature. It was after reading that I bought my NC750X manual. For some reason the NC series had always been under my radar - strange, as until recently I was (and always have been) an avid reader of m/c magazines. I parked next to a new NC on my then new Crossrunner at a local bike dealer, frequented by many on weekends. The forward slanting engine, the comparative ease of maintenance and the unstressed nature of the slow-revving long-stroke engine, plus the simplicity and reliability of the single throttle body all appeal to me. 
IMHO the interest of this thread would be increased if there were a distinction between manuals (which I note your one is) and DCTs. I have a feeling that the latter are less likely to achieve the stellar mileages of yours without surgery and some other manuals I’ve noted. 

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roddy

Xactly ,that's an interesting point between the manual and DCT? Are there any figures that lean towards the manual having better mileages. Mine is a DCT and I plan to get some stellar mileage on it. Also which month was the article in Ride Mag?

 

Steve, Would you mind if I can PM you and ask a few questions on couriering?

 

 

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1 hour ago, roddy said:

Xactly ,that's an interesting point between the manual and DCT? Are there any figures that lean towards the manual having better mileages. Mine is a DCT and I plan to get some stellar mileage on it. Also which month was the article in Ride Mag?

 

Steve, Would you mind if I can PM you and ask a few questions on couriering?

 

 

The Ride article was published in the November 2020 edition; it was one of a series of readers’ high mileage bikes. I would say that it was right up there with the best, though the highest mileage bike of which I am aware was a BMW R1100GS with 440,000 miles on it....

I have no hard information on which is better in terms of trouble-free longevity but the two NC bikes I know of with well in excess of 100k each are both manuals. I doubt that a DCT would beat a manual in this regard as modern wet clutches last a very long time if not abused and I can’t see a DCT system outlasting a manual. Even if the clutch did wear out it’s a relatively easy and cheap fix. Then again it’s only a small minority who are likely to get to really high mileages (over 200k) unless they are couriers or travel a fair distance to work each day. Bikes used in such a way will always last longer than those that are not used so often because they go through comparatively fewer heat cycles ie  relative to the mileage they have fewer cold starts, which is when most of the engine wear takes place. It is my opinion that this explains how faults are found on new models of bikes by the early adopters. Although the manufacturer has tested the new bike for x thousand miles, the testing is likely to have been condensed into a relatively short time scale so not all potential issues are necessarily identified. Just my view, but the fact is that faults are often found on “first editions” which is why I never buy them, opting for the last-of-the-line (ie fully sorted, or at least as sorted as it is going to be).

A final thought is that there is no guarantee that either a manual or DCT will do 1/4 million miles with so little non-consumables replacement as this one. It might be exceptional.

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roddy

Thanks very informative will give my duct agood go

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roddy

No problem about the courier stuff Steve it was cheeky of me to ask about your business 

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poldark
On 28/04/2021 at 10:17, Spindizzy said:

I still want a motorbike, but I have no actual use for one much other than the desire to have one.

 


Maybe an RE Interceptor might be a (not so pricey) option?

 

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Steve Case

I bet the NC clatters a bit with 200K on the bores!

 

Out of interest anyone with high mileage running a thicker oil, say 10w-40 or 15w-40?

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wjvh

I have a 2012 nc manual with 50k miles on and I use 10w-40 as my standard oil, just the cheap stuff in 20L drums.

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Steve Case

Is that for all 50K?

 

If so then I guess it has no ill affects, does it quieten the engine at all?

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wjvh

Since I changed the oil at about 40k miles. Not idea what it had before I bought it at 37k. I thought 10w-40 was as per manual, no?

Engine is not noticeably noisy, she runs sweet and economically 

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motorbykcourier
On 4/30/2021 at 12:41, Steve Case said:

I bet the NC clatters a bit with 200K on the bores!

 

Out of interest anyone with high mileage running a thicker oil, say 10w-40 or 15w-40?

The only thing that clatters is the clutch - which has done so from ~50K miles (if I remember rightly?) 

About the same time I changed to 10W-40 - for that reason plus it made gear change a wee bit better.

 

FYI, I will at some point soon check the clutch (and change the thrust race) as the clutch sometimes groans and judders a bit on quicker getaways

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Rocker66
11 minutes ago, motorbykcourier said:

The only thing that clatters is the clutch .

It’s probably pretending to be a Ducati.😂

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Steve Case

Ok, maybe clatter is not the correct word but it has that ringing you get with wet liner engines, the Triumph does exactly the same thing but quite a lot louder.

 

I'm suspecting the 10w-30 is to reduce consumption along with the 36/42psi tyre pressures

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