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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Too many miles?

My husband and I are about to enter the Star family. We were on a Sportster, but needed/wanted something a bit more substantial. I've always liked the Stars and we're finding a number of bikes that we really like ... price is becoming one of the deciding factors (because they're all pretty great). There is a bike that I really like the look of and has everything we need for now (sissy bar, comfy seat for me, hard saddle bags). The big issue for us with this bike are the miles ... 64k on a '98.

Might not be a lot necessarily for the year, but our hope is that we won't have to buy a new bike or make a major change to it for at least 3 years, preferably 5. How long can the Royal Star run with routine maintenance? We will probably be riding it about 1k miles/month on average. Is taking it to 100k miles within 3 yrs of owning it pushing it?

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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-06-2011, 01:56 PM
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No such thing

As long as it's been properly maintained, 64k is nothing for a 98. These bikes are very reliable and when taken care of will go a long way. We have 31k on our 02 1100 Silverado, and I like to think it's barely broken in .


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Don, thanks! 64k might be okay, but what about at 100k? My husband is just out of the Army and will probably spend the next 4 years in school before working full time again. I'm lucky to be able to stay home and do a few odd jobs from home, but until he goes back to work full time, neither of us want to expect to need a new bike. We are near family for the first time in 6 years, so we can ride with much more freedom. I can see us riding for a couple hundred miles every week.

At 100k would you expect to be pouring some money into your Silverado or looking for the next one? Also, I was born and raised in WI ... not missing the winter right now!
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Here is a picture of a Royal Star with 94,000 miles.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/royal...es/?msg=8798.1

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Wow that looks nice! We're going between the royal star and a road star with 15k miles. We'll need a sissy bar right away and a highway bar on the roadstar and it's 3.5 hrs away. The owner of the royal made some nasty comments to my husband about his time in service, but I'm practical about a good deal and not too excited about a long drive. We'll see, though. I'm itchy to be riding again!

Thanks for the help!
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At 100k would you expect to be pouring some money into your Silverado or looking for the next one?
Pouring, no. Maintenance, yes. I have a lot of confidence in Yamaha motorcycles. My first bike was an 83 Virago 500 that I rode for 25 years with nothing more than routine maintenance, and it never let me down.

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Also, I was born and raised in WI ... not missing the winter right now!
I don't imagine so, it pretty much sucks . If you're somewhere warmer than here, I'm jealous.

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The owner of the royal made some nasty comments to my husband about his time in service
Jerk. Maybe he should remember that he's able to own that Star and have the freedom to ride because of the service and sacrifices your husband, my father, my son-in-law, our families, and thousands of others have made for this great country . Sorry, lack of respect for our service men and women irks me.

Whatever you guys decide to do, welcome back to the riding world. It sure is an awesome place!
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post #7 of 62 (permalink) Old 05-28-2011, 08:19 AM
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amy,that royal star will give you two many care free miles .i saw one in daytona in o5 with 5ook miles,i rode an 88 model to 138k miles.sold it 6 years ago the guy that bought it still goin strong.this is a 4 cylinder.and the same engine as have been on these since the early 1980s.they are great for high milage,an long trips.
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Well said Don!

Great thread, I have been wondering about high millage bikes myself.

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“We already have enough youth, what we what we need is a fountain of smart.” 1999 Road Star Silverado & 2009 V-Star 650 Classic
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post #9 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 03:40 PM
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There have been several mentions of Silverados. Silverados are not Royal Stars. They are good bikes but will not last like V4-water cooled Royal Star engine..
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post #10 of 62 (permalink) Old 02-25-2012, 07:03 PM
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The royal star V4 engine is a great engine and will lierally last almost forever with routine maintenace such as oil changes, valve adjustments and carb cleaning. Yes unfortunately they still have carbs and there is 4 of them.
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