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November 14th, 2015, 09:02 AM   #1
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Reliability of the 2008 FE650

I have a buddy with a good low hour 650 and just wondered how they were . What had to be changed or updated ,are they reasonable to own or should a person just buy a newer 570 for a dual sport ? thanks Punk
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November 14th, 2015, 11:32 AM   #2
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04-08 best 650 years. different animal from 570. depends on price and your preference...blonde vs redhead.
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November 14th, 2015, 12:52 PM   #3
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I've had two 05 650s and one 06 that I still own at 143hrs. Neds right about the 04-08s
They are reliable and can be taken into the hundreds of hrs with the right care.
Cam chains + or - 180hrs
Frequent oil changes.. 5 hrs (no more than 10hrs I would say)
Cam follower bearings + or - 200 hrs
I also like to check valve spec every 30hrs or so.

Its a low weight high performance race bike. Not an overdesigned lower maintenance bike.
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November 19th, 2015, 02:38 PM   #4
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Pretty much what Pollo said. My 07 is like new at 317 hrs. They have their quirks, like water/oil pump seals but are sold things for the bush. Not really an adventure bike though, although riding one can be an adventure every time you crank the throttle
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Ok great thx for the help . Punk
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