Well, after being tantalizingly close to the 200k mark for four seasons when life kept limiting me to a few short hops per year, I finally hit the 200k mark on my trusty '93 VFR.
Where am I? One of my favourite loops in BC, and only about 100m from my favourite place to stop and contemplate....well, anything.
This is my second VFR. I had a '90 that I sold around the 130,000km mark. During my time of owneship with the '90, the only "repair" was a couple of nylon nuts that spin the odometer off the countershaft sprocket. The GIVI bags on the white '93 were originally on my '90, and I purchased them in 1997. When I unloaded my first VFR, I sold the bags to a buddy--the previous owner of the '93 I ride now.
The '90 VFR was replaced by a BMW R1150GS which I kept for about 3 seasons and 75k. Last I heard, the new owner still had it in Inuvik. No troubles with that bike, either.
I didn't acquire this '93 until it had 150,000km on it, but since I knew the history, and needed something cheap, I bought it. As a bonus, I got the hard bags back, and it already had a Corbin seat like my '90, so it was--and remains--ready to tour.
So, what has it needed beyond lots of dead dinosaurs in the tank and crankcase?
-lots of tires, chains, and sprockets
-a few brake pads
-fork seals (once)
-front wheel bearings (once)
-steering head bearings (once)
-OE shocks were junk, so the original was replaced with a low-mile OE around 100k. That one was sacked when I got the bike, so I sprung for a Wilbers through a group buy. Made a world of difference, but really emphasizes the lousy front suspension.
-the requisite reg/rect at around 100k. My buddy, who owned the bike at that time, had to spend our Laguna Seca race weekend riding bitch on my Beemer until he lucked out and found parts at the track.
-the stator cried uncle a few thousand k later
-original clutch was replaced at 150k
-I replaced the clutch master cylinder/lever last season because it had just worn out. There was so much play in the whole assembly that it felt like it would fall apart at any moment, and it needed constant bleeding.
-one valve shim has been replaced at around 100k
Sure, I'd like something new, but it's still great to ride, and I expect it will remain so for some time. The power isn't much compared to new bikes, and the fuel mileage isn't particularly great (but it takes regular). It does carry a heavy load of luggage well, but it's ponderous at a Boundary Bay or Pitt Meadows track day. I might take it to Mission this year. I'd love to get that front suspension freshened up and improved.
But, hey: life is pretty fucking good when you've got any decent motorcycle, isn't it?