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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Road Star longevity .

I am riding a 2000 1600 Silverado.
It has just turned 83,000 and is running great.

Does any one have any knowledge of just how long this old girl will keep on ticking? Is there an average life for these bikes?

Thanks for your input.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 07:24 PM
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I have heard of quite a few going over 150,000 miles without having to do engine work and there is a couple more well over 200,000 miles. As long as they are properly maintained, they will last a long time.
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Thank you . That is really good to hear . I think I'll keep riding it.
I am amazed at the fact that this bike uses no oil.i put 5 qts in and 2 or 3000 miles later I take 5 qts out.
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You're putting in a quart too much.
There are a couple of Yamaha Gold Techs in the other forum that say to use ONLY 4 quarts (including filter) for an oil change. Their procedure is as follows:
Make bike level, remove oil tank plug and engine oil plug, then remove filter, let drain. Replace plugs and filter, pour 2 Qts. of oil in tank, Don't forget to screw the dipstick back in, you'll only forget once, start engine and rev for a couple of seconds to get the oil from the tank into the engine. Shut off engine, pour in remaining 2 Qts., screw in Oil filler cap and enjoy.

To check the oil - ride until sufficiently warmed up, come to a stop, let bike idle for 30 seconds, with no revving, shut off engine and check oil, it should be close to the middle of the hash marks on the dipstick.

Oil change link with pics- http://roadstarclinic.com/content/view/158/116/
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Thanks Gadgetman but I think I'll stick with the service manual on this one.

The total engine oil capacity is 5.3 quarts.

I use a 5qt.jug and it puts the oil right at the top of the hash marks.
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The oil level is supposed to be in the middle of the hash marks, not the top. There have been several addendum's to the Star manuals for the 1600 & 1700 engines. There are many threads about the quirkiness of the oil quantities & checking the oil on our beloved Roadies. I suggest you GOOGLE "Too much OIL in Road Star", just for reference, but by all means put as much oil, of which ever brand you wish. It's your bike.
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Thanks Gadgetman but I think I'll stick with the service manual on this one.

The total engine oil capacity is 5.3 quarts.

I use a 5qt.jug and it puts the oil right at the top of the hash marks.
You are correct on the total oil capacity being 5.3 quarts but Yamaha says for an oil and filter change, you only put in 4.3 quarts. This is from both the service manual and owner's manual. Most people just put in 4 quarts for an oil change since that .3 is not really enough to matter. If 5 quarts works for you and you don't mind paying for an extra quart of oil at every change, then by all means, keep on doing it.
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Thanks for the replies.

I think I'll just keep on doing what I'm doing. It's been good to the engine for 83324.0 mi.
She doesn't burn any oil or blow or leak any.

I don't mind paying for an extra qt.

I've got to pull her down today and change the rear rotor and pads.
I ve got some long engrained riding habits that eat brakes in the mountains.
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I am sincerely trying to help, but since I seem to be offering an unwanted opinion, I will answer your original question and post no more.

Your bike will last as long as any other improperly maintained bike.
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What did it say on your report card under " plays well with others"?
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