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Longevity of the c50

What kind of mileage can I expect from my C50 engine?? I see alot for sale with 4-5k miles....but not many high mileage bikes??? What is the life expectancy of these engines??

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properly taken care of 1,000,000 miles
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I have 14,000 miles on mine, and have yet to turn a tap on the engine. Most
everybody I know around town with a C50 has about the same mileage, and
no problems reported from any of them. Others, here in the forum, have a
lot more mileage on theirs.
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Its really not an issue with these bikes. They are remarkably reliable.

With proper maintenance, a C50 engine will go 60-75,000 miles between overhauls.

But most people get something different LONG before their bikes ever see that kind of mileage.

Current Bikes -->
-1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
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Depends on the year. I think 05 and 06 a lot were falling out around the 35k mark but as Skrap says there are quite a few going 60 - 75k before they need rebuild.

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I traded my '03 with 60K, ran great but was using about a quart of oil every 1500 miles or so.
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23,000 on mine so far. Oil and filter every 3,000. Valve adjusted at 7,500 and 15,000. Never a sputter or mis-spark. Cranks at the press of the starter. Avg 36 mpg (it's a Lehman Trike). Bully Kit, Oversize trunk, Cobra Fatty bars, OEM windshield, homemade lowers, Midland Walkie Talkie Radios for bike to bike. Expecting 75-80,000 at a minimum if I don't get the C-90 Lehman (Jackal). Love it!

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built like a tank and bullet proof, was the suggestion i recieved from a friend before purchasing mine, she still ridin hers, (five or six yrs now, and this will be my third season coming up, just regular service for me so far........

just ask for advice, i'll gladly pass on everything i don't know nothin about

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28,000 on my 06 and never missed a lick, even the same battery. Bought it new and done regular oil changes and valve adjustments. May need a new battery at some time but so far this one starts her up at one push of the button. Hoping for many more trouble free miles but who knows. Can't complain so far.

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I ride with an older guy who has 90,000 miles on his c50 now motors never been touched . He lives on his bike rides it everywhere rain or shine hes on his bike .

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