How many miles

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by baloneyskin daddy, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    I've been riding some sort of 2 wheeled vehicle for over 40 yrs and would have a hard time remembering some of the bikes I 've owned over the yrs let alone have kept an accounting of miles ridden. Yet I continually read posts from inmates that state how many miles they have under their belts. Do riders really do this or is it just a way of boasting? I guess if you only owned a few bikes and kept record of their mileage it's possible but what about dirt riding or riding someone elses bike?
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  2. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Doan fret about it. Worry about how much time/miles you have left. I've been legally owning/riding since the 60's and couldn't guess the mileage. Rounds fired doan mean squat, what counts is you been there and made it home.
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  3. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I've only been riding a few years, and have only owned two bikes, so keeping track of mileage is easy. I also keep a detailed Excel file on every bit of maintenance/farkling work I do to my bikes. I include the date and mileage for each entry. I doubt I'll stop doing this, so I'll always have a good estimate of miles ridden (excluding dirt miles, but honestly they wouldn't add much onto my total).
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  4. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    Miles acquired can be easy to track for some. I'm 27, been riding since 22. My first bike I have 15k on(easy number) and I'm at 1k on my second. I plan on only owning that bike for a LONG time so it will be easy to keep track of.

    I would imagine a lot of those numbers get inflated over time. But overall a lot of miles means someone is paying attention and being a relatively safe rider.

    Dirt miles are great, but a persons skill in dirt can't be defined with a number. Too many variables.
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  5. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Some do.

    I remember seeing like 11,000 hours on an old KX250, and I've had three bikes with the 6 figure mileage on them.

    ....how many miles overall? Who knows.
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  6. Wraith Rider

    Wraith Rider Banned

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    It's more or less a best approximation. I know the five bikes I had in my 12 years of riding, at what mileage they were sold and more or less how much I have to subtract for times they were ridden by others. My mileage per year was nearly constant with one or two exceptions.
    At last when I say this year I will reach the 100k miles mark, it's not that important if it is in spring or in autumn as it's not relevant if it's really 90k or 110k miles.

    In the last two years I kept track of my mileage even more to better estimate how much of my earned money I have to budget for riding, so I think in the next decades the numbers will get even more accurate.
    Of course, posting it is a bit of boasting.
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  7. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Wondered the same thing myself at times. Last fall ran into a rider with a 200k miles patch on their spiffy leather vest. After a brief conversation found out they have only ridden on the street and calculated mileage ridden by keeping detailed maintenance records on 6 or so street bikes. Can't even imagine figuring how many miles I did as a kid in the dirt. Been riding on and offroad for over 30 years. All I know is that I have ridden a lot of miles and have enjoyed all of them with few exceptions.
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  8. D R

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    My current motorcycle is my second motorcycle ever owned - purchased in the spring of 2006. My first motorcycle was in the mid 1980s and I've no idea of the mileage ridden; probably between 20-25,000 miles. I doubt anyone here can give an accounting of total miles ridden, accurrate to the exact mile. I know my total "BMW miles ridden" is more than the "offical" count because I didn't include miles for test rides and those ridden on loaner bikes while mine was undergoing maintenance.
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  9. BanjoBoy

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    A lotta peeps drone around, slab'in on the freewayz fer the sole purpose of bragging 'bout all their miles, butt slab'in ain't ride'in. :deal

    I've been ride'in 'bout as long as you Opie, and it's easy to figure miles roughly; just look at how many miles ya rolled up on each bike. :wink:
    3 yrs ago I dun bought me a used FJR w/ 8,500 mi, and it now has 66,000 +/- miles.
    Last yer I bought me an FZ6 w/ 5,500, and it now has 12,000 mi. and so on. I figure in the 38 yrs I've had me a street endorsement, I put on close too 1/2 a million hard ass miles avoid'in the freewayz whenever possible. :rayof
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  10. PhilB

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    Exact miles, no. But it's not all that hard to get a decent approximation if you're a street rider, depending on how many bikes you go through. I have tended to keep decent track of mine, because I use my bike for daily transport, including for my business (thus I get to write off a lot of the miles). Plus I don't change bikes much -- my current bike I've had for almost 20 years and have put over 200K on it, so there's my starting point. I'm at about 360 to 370K lifetime.

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  11. C-47brett

    C-47brett El Guano!

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    I tried keeping track for a long time. Always frustrated I could never ride as much as I wanted or as much as many others get to.
    Got over ALL of that.

    8000- maybe 10,000 a year is all I'm gonna get. I don't keep track except for oil changes, and I'm just happy for every (safe) mile!!!!!:D

    One really good crash changes many a man's perspective on such things......
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  12. Skooter

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    One day while surfing another motorcycle forum, a startling thought occurred:

    I'll bet alot of these guys are lying.

    But that's beside the point. I passed the 125,000 mile mark last week. Go ahead and prove me wrong. :D
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  13. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Is this a trick question.?.you say you read something then asked if anybody does this.

    I know what you are saying though..

    On a cruiser it does say how often you ride..5,000 miles on a 10 year old bike [probably a Harley:D ] says I ride when it is sunny and thats about it...

    Same bike with 45,000 miles says I ride..!!

    It is quite obvious that some riders believe the higher the miles the better the ride,why else would you hear it so often..

    You hear the same thing from some snowmobilers ..dude I did like 200 miles Sat..Wooohooo...some people stop to smell the roses other people ride right past them and never even notice.
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  14. raebear

    raebear Been here awhile

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    Unless you had a visitation from the almighty I don't see how you saw that, a KX250 has no odo and no electronics to keep track. Just saying.
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  15. anotherguy

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    Been riding for 50 years this past January. Been working on other peoples bikes for 30 of those. I probably have more miles on other's bikes than some do on their own. Does it matter? Nah. It'll matter if I get to the point where I can't do it anymore.
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  16. T4EaterJonny

    T4EaterJonny Not too hip...

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    +1 on who cares. I have 23,800 miles on my 2007 R6 and maybe like 5 hours on my new to me xr600r all with no accidents, but I'm sure almost all of you guys can ride better than I can. :evil Say a few (several) cuss words and get back up. That's all that matters.
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  17. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    You have never heard of an Hour Meter.???..you can put one on any bike.:deal
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  18. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    That's true, but 11,000 hours on a KX250?
    11,000 hours would be alot on a CAT diesel, I can't imagine a small 2 stroke lasting that long, If you figured 20mph average that's 220,000 miles it just seems ridiculous.

    I've been riding for 38 years, if you're counting how many miles you ride... you're doing it wrong! LOL I don't keep score, but I'm sure there are people who've ridden more miles than me, in less time too!
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  19. ct-ktm

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    He never mentioned not rebuilding the motor.

    I had a 1997 kdx 200 raced it for many years, and rode just about every Sunday for about 7 years.. I don't keep track and don't really care about miles but bullshitting with a few friends when I got rid of the kdx and a few of us estimated that it had over 10,000 miles..
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  20. ct-ktm

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    Then again maybe he read 1,100 hours.??
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