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Mine's an '07 with about 36,000 miles on it - just regular maintenance; running great.
I don't know if this helps longevity, but I'll add that I haven't changed the chip or put on a big intake. I ride 50 miles to work (each way), and a lot of it is rolling country roads at about 50 mph, which the bike does effortlessly without revving real high, so most of my miles are "highway" type, not city riding. Every once in a while I get on the interstate and go 70 mph for a couple hundred miles.
The only things it's needed are the regular maintenance. Still on original battery, clutch, & brakes. I think it helps to ride it regularly & not have it sit for long periods.
I also have a '96 Ford Ranger with over 300K on it, without ever doing anything to the engine but changing the oil, filters, and plugs regularly. So maybe the type of driving I do also helps me get lots of miles out of an engine.
I was shooting for 100K, but now someone mentioned 150k being attainable on a C50, so that's my new goal for this engine.