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04-22-2019 10:40 PM
coffee man We all have opinions, take a little from everyone and decide for yourself. I side with Skrapiron that some of the C50's were not the best and my bike had a good semi synthetic oil and the timing chains failed. Oil quality or frequency of changes was not a factor in my timing chains failure. They should last the life of the bike, certainly 50,000 miles with normal service and dino oil.
04-20-2019 07:05 PM
boulevardman
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Originally Posted by EazyDyz View Post
Ignore this mouthbreather
Hey EasyDyz, I started this post with the intention of having a civil and FRIENDLY conversation. Let's keep it that way shall we??
04-20-2019 06:10 PM
EazyDyz
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Originally Posted by Skrapiron View Post
Been there, done that and it didn't make a difference.

Longevity is a crap shoot. If you get a good bike, it will last a long time. If you get a cheap bike, it wont make a difference what you do.
Ignore this mouthbreather. He picked up a bike that had done 3k in 4 years with no service history lol. All C50's cost the same when new.
Assuming yours has been semi well maintained prior to your ownership you have nothing to worry about, just with any ICE, change oil regularly
04-20-2019 06:04 PM
Skrapiron
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Originally Posted by EazyDyz View Post
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Originally Posted by oldenslow View Post
Last October I bought my '08 C50, 13k miles on it. I have a friend who's a retired motorcycle mechanic, and a couple of weeks after the purchase he came over and we spent most of a Saturday going through everything on the bike. Once we were all done, he turned to me and said, "Keep the tires pumped up and the gas tank filled, keep the battery charged, check the oil level every day and change it and the filter frequently, and ride the heck out of it. If something breaks, call me. But I warn you -- I'll probably be dead before then!"


I'm taking him at his word...
Yep that is Japanese engineering for you [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.volusiariders.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif[/IMG]. Just a few words of advice

1. If using semi synth change oil every 2500 miles or annual whichever is first
2. If using fully synth change oil every 3500-4000 or annual
3. Change oil filter with every oil change (Why not costs like $4)
4. Do valve clearances every 8000 miles or so, but generally if you can hear them clicking away you're good.
5. Be sure to clean and seal the wheels every now and then. The C50 is generally rust proof but the wheels are a weak spot. A light spray of ACF50 keeps them spotless. Also remove the headlight glass and spray and/or rust treat the bowl, they tend to get some surface rust.
6. Fit a screen, lowers and highway pegs for long distance touring. These bikes are excellent for long rides at 70+ with this set up. Just remember earplugs
7. Enjoy
Been there, done that and it didn't make a difference.

Longevity is a crap shoot. If you get a good bike, it will last a long time. If you get a cheap bike, it wont make a difference what you do.
04-20-2019 05:49 PM
oldenslow
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Originally Posted by EazyDyz View Post
Yep that is Japanese engineering for you . Just a few words of advice

1. If using semi synth change oil every 2500 miles or annual whichever is first
2. If using fully synth change oil every 3500-4000 or annual
3. Change oil filter with every oil change (Why not costs like $4)
4. Do valve clearances every 8000 miles or so, but generally if you can hear them clicking away you're good.
5. Be sure to clean and seal the wheels every now and then. The C50 is generally rust proof but the wheels are a weak spot. A light spray of ACF50 keeps them spotless. Also remove the headlight glass and spray and/or rust treat the bowl, they tend to get some surface rust.
6. Fit a screen, lowers and highway pegs for long distance touring. These bikes are excellent for long rides at 70+ with this set up. Just remember earplugs
7. Enjoy

Way ahead of you on every point, my friend.
04-20-2019 04:31 PM
EazyDyz
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Originally Posted by oldenslow View Post
Last October I bought my '08 C50, 13k miles on it. I have a friend who's a retired motorcycle mechanic, and a couple of weeks after the purchase he came over and we spent most of a Saturday going through everything on the bike. Once we were all done, he turned to me and said, "Keep the tires pumped up and the gas tank filled, keep the battery charged, check the oil level every day and change it and the filter frequently, and ride the heck out of it. If something breaks, call me. But I warn you -- I'll probably be dead before then!"


I'm taking him at his word...
Yep that is Japanese engineering for you . Just a few words of advice

1. If using semi synth change oil every 2500 miles or annual whichever is first
2. If using fully synth change oil every 3500-4000 or annual
3. Change oil filter with every oil change (Why not costs like $4)
4. Do valve clearances every 8000 miles or so, but generally if you can hear them clicking away you're good.
5. Be sure to clean and seal the wheels every now and then. The C50 is generally rust proof but the wheels are a weak spot. A light spray of ACF50 keeps them spotless. Also remove the headlight glass and spray and/or rust treat the bowl, they tend to get some surface rust.
6. Fit a screen, lowers and highway pegs for long distance touring. These bikes are excellent for long rides at 70+ with this set up. Just remember earplugs
7. Enjoy
04-20-2019 03:57 PM
oldenslow Last October I bought my '08 C50, 13k miles on it. I have a friend who's a retired motorcycle mechanic, and a couple of weeks after the purchase he came over and we spent most of a Saturday going through everything on the bike. Once we were all done, he turned to me and said, "Keep the tires pumped up and the gas tank filled, keep the battery charged, check the oil level every day and change it and the filter frequently, and ride the heck out of it. If something breaks, call me. But I warn you -- I'll probably be dead before then!"


I'm taking him at his word...
04-19-2019 11:18 PM
boulevardman
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Originally Posted by coffee man View Post
Why bother to garage a bike for several years and it deteriorates from sitting?
Very good point.....I think I'll forgo that idea and just ride the heck out of the one I have.
I read in past posts about Skrapiron's misfortune with his C50 and it seems to be somewhat of a lottery. I'm just hoping I got a good one.

Anyways, thanks for the advice fellows!
04-19-2019 04:07 PM
DeanS
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Originally Posted by Skrapiron
The cylinder head on the 12 is dual spark while the cylinder head on the 09 is single spark.
Only on certain models. My 2013 C50T is single spark. I just assumed the dual spark was for California models only but I could be wrong.
04-19-2019 09:05 AM
coffee man Good to listen to a wise woman! Why bother to garage a bike for several years and it deteriorate from sitting? If you create a different ride from the second bike (bobber/ cafe) and switch off riding them, then you are splitting mileage on the both of them. Having had 2- C50's and having timing chains fail prematurely on the 05 I'm not a big fan of these engines. The piston fit on them is a bit on the loose side and I didn't care for the rattle they have from piston slap. Piston slap unless severe is just annoying and not a big deal.
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