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Oct 10

Posts: 18

jambobairn says:

Motorcycle lifespan?

Hi all, Im looking at buying a second hand v-strom. What is the max mileage you could expect for a well looked after bike?  20,000, 30,000miles?


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Nov 04

Posts: 3833

750FLYER says:


80,00 - 100,000 mate!

The jap bikes engines are bombproof... I ride a 2000 GSXR.. I've thrashed the tits off it for 7 years, including 5 European trips, track days.. 50 mile work commute every day.. She had now nearly 66,000 miles on the clock with just regular servicing and obsessive care and love.

Look after a V-strom and it'll go forever!!   :wink:

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Jul 08

Posts: 4399

ninjachica says:


Jeez, should have changed mine a good few years ago then!!!!!!!!!!!!

When mine hits 80,000, I might think about changing it... but then, I might not!:sunglasses:

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Feb 10

Posts: 1366

honwal says:


riders do well over 100,000, nae bother

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Mar 09

Posts: 743

bikerbit says:

don't believe the bikes are dead after 30,000 miles

mate am afraid you have fallen for the bikes arnt good after 30,000 miles guff bikes are like cars 30,000 miles is nothing most bikes can do 3 times that no prob.

Had a zzr1100 1993 plate had 40,000 on the clock and put an extra 24,000 miles on it in a year and ran like a dream 

Take goldwings 80,000 miles is a lightly used goldwing most see well over the 200,000 miles mark 

Fazer 600 I had 1999 bought it at 18,000miles sold it at 55,000 no problems at all 

so don't buy into 20,000-30,000 and the bikes dead only thing these miles hurt is the resale value the bike is built to be used worst thing you can do to a bike is leave it and not use it does more damage than putting miles on it 

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May 07

Posts: 483

stephen01 says:


Yamaha FJRs are capable of 250,000 miles so im imformed :shock:

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Nov 07

Posts: 2423

smidget says:


1998 bike has now done 149,000.

My old 1967 Triumph Daytona has done about the same. Mind you I've had to rebuild it as I bought it in bits.

(edit cos of smelling mistook)

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Feb 09

Posts: 657

wacca1 says:

I'm not mechanically minded,

but I service my bikes when it is due and look after them.

However, my 2005 Daytona is on its second engine after 24k and my 2008 GSXR 1000 is fecked after 18k - lots of fuelling problems, which Suzuki cant find.

Maybe I'm just unlucky!

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Apr 10

Posts: 16

mrmarklin says:

bike longevity

Liquid cooled motocycles can go considerably farther than 30k miles.  The older air cooled bikes definitly had a limited life particlarly the Japanese variety.  BMW and Harleys would go farther, but had to be very well maintained.  Now, even the air cooled bikes can go a long way thanks to better CA design, and metals.  Japanese don't make very many of these anymore as its easier to do a liquid cooled.

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Jul 09

Posts: 1351

davemdixon says:


all bikes are AIR cooled. Some manufacturers put water in the way though.

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Mar 10

Posts: 1032

bmwgs says:


my old honda xl 125rc i got had 50,000 miles on it and i put another 7000 on it it b4 it died

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