I'm guessing you would be replacing the engine quite often...You could prolly pick up a bit older of a bike and do a bit better with it...it might also be worth while in this case to cut some lower gears for cruising to reduce wear...
The old air cooled, single cam Honda 750's were good for 80,000 miles before the roller bearing cranks went. Considering you have a water cooled, plain bearing engine, I don't think you'd have problems going well over 80-100K. I used to road race motorcycles and some of the guys in the box stock class had over 5000 race miles on their bikes and they just kept going. And there's no comparison between race miles and cruising on the freeway.
You may want to get a different rear sprocket to bring the rpms down.
It was always a shock to me how often the motor oil needs to be changed on a motorcycle.
Honda recommends changing the oil and filter in my XR650L every 600 miles. I use Mobil 1, and change it every 1000 miles, but still, that's a lot more often than any car. I have 13K miles on the bike and the engine is still tight.
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Besides getting run over by an SUV, I think one of the biggest problems commuting with a motocycle is the cost of tires. The touring tires might be able to get 20,000 miles on them, but the sport bikes will go through a rear tire about 8-10K miles if you are nice to it. These are ~$200 tires and cost about $50 to mount. The front tires might last 10-15K. Any money you might be saving on gas (which some cars can do better) you are eating in tires.
Would the engine last longer if I got a bigger engine then the 600cc? What if I got a 1000cc...sure MPG would go down, but wouldn't the engine last longer?
I don't want to spend the big bucks on a true touring bike...I need just a standard get to work bike.
As for tires, since I won't be racing it, or riding very aggressively, and the fact that I will only be using medium/low grade tires, I'm not too worried about the cost of tire replacements.
Everyone, thanks for your comments!
MPG aside, I need a bike in order to get home in under 1 hours...driving a car would mean 2-2.5 hours each way! In southern California, bikes can use the Diamond Lane, and lane splitting is legal, so these two things will conspire to get me home 1-1.5 hours faster then grinding through the stop & go in a car...
I say, go get yourself a Rebel or Nighthawk if you're concerned about reliability and gas mileage. 1 year warranty, a 230cc engine, which can probably be geared down once the warranty expires, ~$4000 for everything you'll need, and more than enough power for lane splitting/cruising in the carpool lane during rush hour imo. The difference in mileage between the two in the conditions you're describing should be ~$1500-2000/year, so it'll definitely be frugal in traffic compared to everything but an EV.
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