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1.) Low End of the engine is not up to the task of high speed high rpm riding - is that true? Is there anything I can do to prevent that damage from happening like using better oil or change it more often?
These are budget bikes built to meet a certain price point. Cost cutting measures like using a 2 ring piston, along with other engineering decisions add up. When I owned mine, I was convinced the secret was using top-shelf oil and strict adherence to the maintenance intervals. My engine died at 38,000 miles. How long an engine will last is matter of luck of the draw more than anything else.
2.) Cam chain tensioner failing - is there anything I can do to prevent that? I know from an german Audi S3 forum that some model year S3's had issues with their timing chain tensioners or stretched timing chains as well - and in this forum I found a 200 page long pdf file explaining why this is happening and how to prevent it. According to that pdf file the main cause was using long life engine oils and change intervals up to 30.000km. Now could I "save" my chain tensioner by simply using high quality oil and changing that often - or is the tensioner itself the problem and it will fail one day no matter what I do?
There is nothing you can do about the cam chain stretch or the tensioners failing in the bike. As mentioned before, it is a budget bike, built to meet a price point. When it happens, all you can do is replace the chain, guides and tensioners.
3.) Final drive splines need greasing. I will do that in winter. Are there any other flaws or possible issues I should know about?
The final drive has a history of failing at the input shaft, inside the differential. When disassembled, failure always includes massive amounts of rust and almost zero lubricant. It is ASSUMED that greasing the splines will prevent this from happening, but I have also seen the splines rounded off even with grease. The final drive is also prone to leak from both the pinion seal in the front as well as the main seal against the wheel.
The C50/Volusia is a good entry level bike. Properly taken care of, it will give you years of enjoyment.
Current Bikes ---->
- 1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
- 2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to Present
- 2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present
Past Bikes -------->
-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 05-2012-05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017t