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MCN  says:

At what point do you consider a bike to have too high mileage on the clock?

We've all done some tyre-kicking in our time - a wander around the local dealers just to see what's there. Sometimes, though something will invariably catch you eye, and you'll have to take a closer look. But - is there a number on the clocks that'll make you back off right away? What's too many miles on the clock?  

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Jan 10

Posts: 126

average mileage?

If I were buying a bike (my last 3 have been brand or almost new 400 on the clock). I would not choose a bike just because its got low miles on it. Like a few other savvy people have said there are a lot of other variables to consider, although I probably would not go for a real high high mileage bike. I am a high mileage rider and do about 20,000 per year as I believe bikes are to be ridden and not garage ornaments. The modern bike engine is more than capable of going on practically for ever just keep up the service schedules and look after the bike and get out and ride.

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Mr. Luck


Jan 08

Posts: 44

Mr. Luck says:

depends on the bike

sold an FZ1 with 25k because it was feeling a bit loose, now got a GS with 50k on it and it's going strong.....depends on how much faith you have in a bike i think.....


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Aug 02

Posts: 4

etennant says:

Depends on the bike !!

My R45 has just passed 300,000 miles.   Just been fitted with its 7th timing chain, a regular 50,000 mile job.   The bike is good for another 100,000 miles.   That's enough miles for someone buying a brand new bike.

So as others have said, it depends on the bike, depends on how it's been looked after, and depends on what you want do do with it.

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:


got 30k on the R1100S at the mo and can't decide if I need to chop it in... Only thing holding me back is cheap insurance and can't find anything I fancy....

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Jan 11

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snev says:

To have one bike that you have covered hundreds of thousands of miles on, is brilliant and easily achievable given the correct maintenence and careful use. However I always think that you are somehow missing out on so many other bikes and the joys that they bring...As my dear old gran used to say...."Variety is the spice of life".

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Aug 02

Posts: 4

etennant says:

Depends on the bike !!

True, if you can afford to change your bike relatively frequently.   Trouble is, I don't think most modern bikes could survive the winter use (bike gets washed regularly - twice a year), and you wouldn't want to take them out on icy/snowy roads.   Now that gets me onto the subject of studded tyres....   

BTW I also have an R1100GS, and a 1971 Honda SL350.     Hardly ever use the GS for the above reasons.

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Sep 10

Posts: 836

CBR11X says:

I can't believe that almost 10% of people think a bike with 10-25K has too high a mileage! Perhaps if it's some Chinese bike I suppose. My Bandit's got 15K and only now has the motor begun to free up and begin producing seriously good power! I think she'll be able to do at least 100K provided I keep the servicing up. My GPZ900R had over 80K when I sold it, and it was running fine.

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:

Brand new

Bought an ER6n brand new last year, it's now got nearly 12k on the clock so by the standards of 10% of replies I should be chopping it in soon? Really? Even though my 'regular washing and chain lubing' is more monthly than weekly the original chain and sprockets still have plenty of life left in them, I'm still on the original front tyre (3rd rear only due to two punctures) and handles the cold weather just fine. Sure modern bikes are a bit more difficult to service yourself than say a 1960's BSA but the only reason I've been keeping up the service with the dealer is to keep with the warranty. There isn't much I couldn't do service-wise (with the help of my more knowledgeable mates).

Still I fully intend to keep running this bike forever, judging by the '10%' who answered this survey my bike is worth nowt already so rather than sell it'll probably become a backup bike or winter hack when I can afford another one. Might even give it the cafe racer treatment? Hmm, now that's got me thinking...

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Jul 10

Posts: 272

piroflip says:

I wouldn't buy..........

..........anybody else's used bike. There are too many idiots about screwing the backside off them.

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Jun 12

Posts: 14

xvash750 says:

It's never too high

Providing everything seems ok on a test ride, I'd be happy with something well over 50k on the clocks (Pan 11's spring to mind). Obviously there's always going to be age related issues, but that's just part of the fun =]

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