My girlfriend an me rode around the world with two XL700VA.
Honda does not sponsor us or even give us a discount on anything. Thereby this is completey honest: these bikes are undestroyable and they can suffer a lot.
We rode 183,475 Km (app. 110k miles) and we had nearly no problems except consumption in the broader sense.
At 150,000 km the vales where checked for the first time. 7 out of 8 where within the required messure. Never checked them again since then.
The starter switch went defect on one bike after 180,000 and my fuel display is not working. Otherwise I can´t remember any defects ad hoc.
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Feel free to ask my whatever you want to know.
Frank / Motorcycle Vagabonds