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Old 06-22-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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High Milage FJR?

I'm in the market for a new to me bike and the FJR I believe is going to be what I go with to replace the cruiser I am sellng. Question I have for the collective is would you be scared of a second generation with almost 100k miles on it?

I've been looking mostly at '04 & '05's because the price range is where I want to be, but I have found a few second generations with higher miles in the same price range. I am leaning more toward getting a bike that is 5-6 years newer with high miles than one that is 10-12 years old. But what stops me is that once I purchase the higher mile one and go over 100k, there won't be much value left if I was to want to sell it later.

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:50 AM   #2
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I'd say it depends on how much money you have to spend. Almost always, bikes with that many miles have had a very meticulous owner and the miles won't be a problem. It's the resale that will kill you and the owner should also realize this, so you should get it for a steal, like a screaming deal, if not find another.
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I'd say it depends on how much money you have to spend. Almost always, bikes with that many miles have had a very meticulous owner and the miles won't be a problem. It's the resale that will kill you and the owner should also realize this, so you should get it for a steal, like a screaming deal, if not find another.
Kind of where my thoughts are. What price do you think an '08+ with over 70k would be worth in the real world?
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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I don't look for FJR's to often but when I do, I'm in the same boat, looking for the cheapest ones which mean high miles. Personally I think an 08 with that kind of miles, depending on how warm and fuzzy you feel about the owner and what he has to say or added farkles is going to bring +\- low 4's. I just did a quick browse and the cheapest I saw was an 03 with 45,000 for $4,800.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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Thanks for the response doogiepooch!!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:21 PM   #6
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There are 2 05's in Albany, NY CL with 70k and 100k for $7000. For the pair. Husband and wife bikes meticulously maintained. They may sell seperate.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:37 PM   #7
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I'm in the exact opposite boat.

Selling my 04 with 100,000 miles on it (for $3500-4000). No takers since I listed it 2 weeks ago.

I knew I'd be taking a bath on it when I bought the the 13. It's not uncommon for an FJR to run between 100K-200K. I know of a few over the 200K mark and still running just fine.
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This is making me want to pull trigger. I just have to wait until my Jeep gets out of the shop, AC just went out and I buggered up the connection on the dryer line while trying to repair myself.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:40 PM   #9
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I have 2 2003 FJR's. The one I ride has 175000kms. The other has 72000kms. Like Bungie says there are bikes with over 200000miles out there. Only ever heard of one bike self destructing. Very reliable bike.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:52 PM   #10
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I had an '04 I bought new and sold it with 54,000 miles on it and I thought it would go on forever. It never gave any trouble. If you have service records don't let the mileage scare you off. They are fantastic rides.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:27 PM   #11
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I have an '05 with 40k miles and all the needed maintenance for sale in the market for $5,000 located in Savannah ga
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:56 PM   #12
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:02 PM   #13
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I had an '04 I bought new and sold it with 54,000 miles on it and I thought it would go on forever. It never gave any trouble. If you have service records don't let the mileage scare you off. They are fantastic rides.
I bought mine with 22k and hoping it goes forever.....

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Old 06-27-2014, 05:23 AM   #14
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Look around of the FJR thread here or the FJR forum itself, there are a lot of high milage bikes out there. Mine's only at 27,000 so far and seems to be like new, as it should be. The problem like you said is re-sale value. Best bet I think would be to sell it on a forum, as the guys here know that high milage isn't as big of an issue.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:45 AM   #15
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My 05 had around 60K on it when I got it. Changed oil and checked brakes/fluids, and promptly went on a 5500 mile road trip. I know 60K isn't that high, but given it was still as smooth as the 2012 I demo rode right before buying it I was sold on their reliability. If I weren't locked on wanting the features the 13+ FJR's come with I'd buy another 1st or 2nd gen with little regard for what the mileage is.
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