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Default Highest mileage logged on IH engine?

Back in the 70s when I was riding a lot in New England I bought a 1975 Yamaha 650 XS off the showroom floor with my separation pay from the military and put about 50,000 miles on it in two years before taking a long break to present time before street riding again. That included a 4,500-mile cross country trip.
The current mileage on the 1981 Sportster XLH is 33,000 after restoring the speedometer function. I'm guessing not very many miles were logged while the odometer was offline.
Just curious about who has the highest mileage logged on their Ironhead?

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good?
i tore mine down for frame restoration and bird in hand, decided to up the ponies to boot. i had right at 170k miles and still kicking strong. on tear down all the measurement came back serviceable.
i could have reused the crank since my measuring devises showed nil and besides, did not know how it left the factory. i dropped in an S&S crank, y cam and tweaked up the compression ratio.
the jugs had about .006 taper so a .010 over bore cleaned it up. i installed valve seats and stainless valve and iron guides. looking for another 200k miles.
so i cannot say who has more but i am def sure somebody does!!!
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I own a 61 that as far as I can tell has never been rebuilt other that opened reringing. It smokes a little after a couple hours of riding, but runs fine. These motors are similar to tractor and lawn mower motors in their durability. If maintained well, they can run a long time. I have no idea on the miles as it came sans speedo. I have had it 10 years. Brother in law had it 6.
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I bought my 85 XLS from my dad in 2008 . He bought it new I have no earthly idea how many miles are on it.

The speedo was not working when I got it and showed 80k. My dad said it had turned over once before and speedo hadn't been working in years.
Shortly after getting it I put a new speedo drive and cable on it and rode it 2 more years and after speedo tripped again I put in rings.
I rode it a few more years as daily trans and really racked up the miles, about 60k.
It started smoking bad. The heads were shot and had to bore it.
This is where I installed the Ted pistons which lasted only a few months and killed my entire engine when one decided to disintegrate leaving the wrist-pin bouncing in the cylinder all alone at 60 mph.

. . . . . The start of the " WTF HAPPENED " thread

That is when I went nuitz and decided to make a " Stroker " daily ride, and the rest is history.
IT KILLS EVERYTHING , shakes it apart. I've lost bits and pieces on rides, been 4 tachs and 3 speedos come apart.
So no idea on current mileage, but she still makes me smile every day ..
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