high mileage road warriors

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by nbsdave, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    The recent thread about maintenance costs got me wondering.
    How many high mileage bikes are really out there?
    I've heard of 200000 mile Valkyries and Wings, and older BMW's. Actually saw a 2003 Wing (in 2010) with 203,000 miles on it.
    These miles attained with zero engine work and rarely even a clutch.
    So what about other makes, Triumph, Guzzi, HD, and ?, are getting ridden near that much?
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  2. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

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    My Aprilia Tuono is approaching 100K miles.
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  3. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Long timer

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  4. RobbieAG

    RobbieAG Been here awhile

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    Cool idea for a thread. I know of many Honda Nighthawk 750's with over 100k. I'm hoping to make it with mine.
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  5. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Just read in Cycle World that Jimmy Lewis has 100k + on his KTM 950 adventure. Im sure he pounded it every inch of the way also.
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  6. Nitro1970

    Nitro1970 Been here awhile

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  7. motorhead748

    motorhead748 Been here awhile

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    I have had 2 concours, `99& `06 with a combined total of 250K, both had about 125K on them when traded.
    Other than oil & tires I bought 1 battery and 2 speedo cables.
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  8. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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  9. DestinationUnknown

    DestinationUnknown Been here awhile

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    I read the article posted about the million mile Harley. The chassis has a million miles on it, but the motor itself has been replaced several times. A cool feat no doubt but what I like to see is the motorcycles that haven't had an engine opened.
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  10. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    Exactly, I can replace shit all day to reach any mileage goal...lol.
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  11. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    When I owned my Concours (2000), there were any number of Owner's Group guys who had 150,000 mi. + bikes where the head had never been off. I remember one Canadian who had 350,000 + Kms who finally had to do his valves, but the big end was fine. I rode with a member down in Md. who had bought a new inst. cluster after a crash. When I met him he had 175,000 mi on the new one, not counting the 50,000 + on the old one. These guys had done some work, water pumps, shocks,brakes & such, after the first 100,000, but that old motor just kept on trucking.
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  12. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Show me another one...That's 50,000 miles a year for 20 years. You will be excited when you get 50,000 total on a bike.
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  13. hfbmw

    hfbmw Adventurer

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    I try to find BMW K bikes with low miles and then run them over 100,000 miles. The BMW I have now has 128,000 +. 18 year old K bike. Plan on riding it until I see a good deal on craigslist or going for 200,000 miles.:clap

    Averaging over 18,000 miles per year in the tunrda of Minnesota.

    I do most of the work on these machines. Some have told me I should change brands. Can't. I KNOW too much on how to fix K bikes. :lol3

    Tim
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  14. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Long timer

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    True dat. Still impressive to rack up more than 50,000 a year in 18 years straight. Heck, if I were riding that much I'd give the engine a refurb every other winter just for piece of mind.

    And can buy a new replacement engine for $2500 right out of the factory..Prob. something I'd do as well every 400,000 miles or so, if I were crazy enough to ride that much. :D

    Plus, the dude's from Wisconsin. It snows a lot there.

    cakeeater
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  15. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    my wife has a little yam xt250 and its used every day to go to work and its got over 90,000ks on it and it still starts first time every time,ive only had to replace tyres,pads etc

    mickd
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  16. rider33

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    Before leaving on a 12k trip last year I took my ST1300 into the local dealer & asked if there is anything in particular I should keep an eye on. He said "just watch the fluids & check the tires". Apparently another one he services is now past 225,000 miles with nothing more than routeen maintance. ST's & Wings, I think people wear out long before they do.
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  17. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    64,129 and counting on 400cc scooter, a Piaggio MP3-400. Still going strong. :norton
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  18. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    Nothing worse for a bike than not being ridden.

    I put 170,000 miles on a 74 Vespa Rally 200 (2 stroke) with nothing engine wise but a couple sets of piston rings, 1 hour job.

    Sold my last CX500 with 106,000 miles with only a cam chain replacement at 102,000.

    Over 40,000 miles now on my Chinese Lifan 200 dual sport with only oil changes and valve adjustments on the engine.

    These bikes were/are ridden almost every day.
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  19. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    85 BMW K100 that I used to own, 1st year model, too:

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  20. Cakeeater

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