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joshsilverman

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Bike Mileage

Hello,

Just a quick one on bike mileage. I understand whats good and bad in regards to car mileage but is this the same with bikes?

I see 06 / 07 bikes with 20k miles or near. I know on a car that would be classed as very low and hardly used, but whats the general rule of the thumb for bikes in regards to annual mileage on an average?

Thanks,

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zanderh

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zanderh says:

My rule of thumb

is around 3-5k miles a year is 'average'. So a 6 year old bike with 20k miles is averaging just over 3k miles a year, which is about right.


My first bike was 2 years old with 4k miles, not 'alf bad!

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harringtonpw

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harringtonpw says:

Big mileage

Just to chip in - it also depends on bike size. The larger capacity the more miles you can expect. 40k miles on a 125 is really going some, whereas 40k on 1300 Honda Pan European or similar really isn't much. Don't get too het up about mileage - it's better to buy a bike in good nick, with good service history, than going just on mileage. I bought my current vfr800 with 30k miles, and it's now approaching 80k and going strong.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

Mileage

Mileage is one thing but, when looking at used machines, the way in which it has been cared for is more important.  I would rather own a 50,000 mile bike that has been well cared for and properly serviced than a 25,000 mile bike that has been neglected. 

What sort of bike are you looking for? 

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joshsilverman

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What sort of bike are you looking for?

Thanks for all your replies.

I am looking at either the GSXR 600 or R6 - more so the GSXR. 2006/2007 due to my budget. What type of mileage for that bike/cc?

I will definitely note about condition and how it rides. I know it may be difficult to find one of these bikes that hasnt been ripped the s**t out of so will be paying a bike mechanic to come with me. I figure I would rather waste around £100 for someone to look at it than waste around £4k buying one.

Any tell tale signs to look for? the only thing I could think was as standard as poss with no ''sporty'' mods - air filters, exhausts etc.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

GSXR

There's no maybe about it - if you buy a GSXR you KNOW it's been ragged.  That's what they are buit for!   Doesn't do them any harm though as long as they are looked after.

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joshsilverman

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haha

Yep, defo going to be ragged.

Ok thats fine, will take the mechanic with me but at least I know what type of mileage is avrg.

thanks again.

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