high mileage road warriors

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

  1. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I have 72,000 on my 2007 Bonneville, but I live in a year-round riding climate. It surprises me to measure that as three times round the world.

    The high mileage thing bothers me on a couple of fronts. One is where forums seem to attract a lot of advice from a lot of readers but there is rarely any discussion about how many actual miles they may have ridden the bike in question. "I have just done my first thousand miles with absolutely no problems..." Well, no shit, I don't rate that as much of an endorsement for any machine.

    The other thing about high mileage questions is the re-sale value thing that some buyers get into. I'd buy gold if I were seeking a physical investment rather than second guessing the value of a motorcycle a few years down the road. That said I know my Bonneville has no value at all in a market with used Bonnevilles racking up a thousand miles a year if they are lucky. I have no idea how long it takes to ride a Hinckley Bonnevile into the ground, but I guess I'm going to find out.
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  2. Moronic

    Moronic Long timer

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    Lots of talk but only a single pic, and that of a former ride.

    I opened this thread assuming I would see these high-milers in living colour. :D

    Perhaps their owners are too busy riding to be bothered typing.
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  3. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Because those who log miles are out there riding instead of taking pictures of rides. :lol3
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  4. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    I did not realize you were the Original Poster.
    Pics would be nice but getting a real variety of bikes would be better.
    Who woulda thought about a high mile V rod, Piaggio, or Bonnie?
    Let's hear from Ducati, KTM, Triumph (non-Bonnie), Suzuki, etc. owners.
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  5. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    2004 K1200RS now at 104,000 miles :dunno
    • Oil Changes 20X
    • Tires 13 sets
    • Brake Pads 2 sets
    • R&R Transmission @ 30K major warranty repair. Bent shift fork caused failure of shift drum and components.
    • Ohlins @ 63K
    • R&R Final Drive Seal @ 68K
    • Battery @ 100K
    Photo taken last May

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  6. duck

    duck Banned

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    Third year model. They came out in 1983 in Europe and weren't introduced into the US until 1985.

    (Just being nit-picky for the hell of it.:lol3)
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  7. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    My '81 FLH has 300K on it. It is however in the middle of a decade long restoration. We're getting there.

    :D
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  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    There's a fella locally that has over 140k on a Sportster and it still runs strong.

    I had a random HD guy at some bike meet look at my Sporty (with just under 30k) and tell me that I had REALLY high mileage on it!! :lol3
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  9. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Yeah....I love hearing from "odd" high milers. A scooter?!? Go figure.

    Almost completely off topic...but years ago I read an article in a snowmobile magazine about a 1968ish Skidoo had way more than 100,000 miles on it (which is absurdly high for those who don't ride). The owner was a snowmobile magazine photographer who used it as his mule. Thing was rock-solid dependable. Drive belts and spark plugs and some rings.... He also told stories about how many broken new test sleds he pulled back to home base....

    Cakeeater
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  10. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Well, I had an older 'Wing with over 100K on it with only a stator replacement and regular timing belt changes, and my first bike was a CX500 with about 120K with only a cam chain replacement, but neither of those are particularly shocking.
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  11. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

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    I responded to a freeway incident on HWY 101 a couple months back and noticed an older ('04) BMW 1150RT that the Chip motor was riding- They usually roll on 1200's and auction them off around 60K miles.
    This 1150 had 110K miles on it and STILL in service:huh
    I guess we really are broke in Cali!
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  12. fishslapr

    fishslapr Adventurer

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  13. ST-DocLizard1

    ST-DocLizard1 Serial Monogamist

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    My '81 Wing had 146,352 miles on her before I retired it in July '05 for an '04 ST1300A. Just routine maintenance in 24 years of service.
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  14. Paulie

    Paulie Been here awhile

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    I put 195k on this 01 Conc...then a damn moose took us down in AK. Pic is in Newfoundland...

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  15. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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  16. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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  17. duck

    duck Banned

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    I bought a 180K 90 K75RT once as a parts bike. Flew to San Diego to pick it up, rode it home 1,200+ miles and it never skipped a beat. I'm sure it had more miles in it but I needed the fairing parts from it after mine took a trip into a ditch.:lol3

    Met a guy in LA who had 218K on a 93 K1100LT pulling a big hack. Said only major issue he'd had was replacing a head gasket at about 125K.

    Shogs has a boatload of miles on here first K1100RS. I forget the actual number though.

    Plenty of high mile Ks out there but those are the ones I know of personally. Usually they get crashed or creamed before they wear out.:cry
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  18. wrightm

    wrightm Adventurer

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    I'm impressed with how durable these bikes have been But I'm also curious what made you guys decide to get rid of these bikes that have been so reliable and only have needed oil, brake pads, tires etc.
    Why get rid of a good thing ?
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  19. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    I'm gonna keep mine for another 100K at least.

    Brand new in July 2005.

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    I can't believe how much we paid for this thing.
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  20. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    I have 203K on my 1993 Ducati M900 Monster, that I bought new. I have no intention of getting rid of it, and would like to see it get to 500K. It is very original and has needed little. Drivetrain-wise, I put in new piston rings and replaced a failed bearing in the alternator at 122K, new clutch basket at 140K, and new (used) carburetors at 185K. The bottom end and tranmission haven't seen the light of day since it was built.

    It's been a fine, and rock-solid, bike.

    PhilB

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