How long do you keep your bike?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by GoSlowFallOver, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. GoSlowFallOver

    GoSlowFallOver Should've done ...

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    There's plenty of chat about new bikes, new models and new-to-me acquisitions ... but I've ridden the same bike for 23 years ... am I weird, or are there other long-termers out there? Not talking collectables here, just regular rides ...
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  2. Small-bore

    Small-bore Adventurer

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    No, you're absolutely not weird. Many riders hang on to their older bikes. For me, what started out as HS transportation is now 50 years old and is still used frequently. Also, I have my mini bike from 1967, so I'm a long-termer too. DSC02572.JPG 1967 Bonanza BC1300.JPG
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  3. grumpyoldbstrd

    grumpyoldbstrd Been here awhile

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    BMW R90/6 - bought new in 1975 - still using it regularly.
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  4. sages

    sages Been here awhile

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    Till I'm sick of it lying on the ground next to me after it evicted me.
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  5. Ron50

    Ron50 Long timer

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    It also makes for a much more relaxed attitude to minor dramas if you have no concerns about resale value.

    Picking a keeper in the first place helps - and space.
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  6. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    I stopped selling them decades ago. I only buy bikes I really want, and if I save a bit more money I don't need to sell them to finance the next purchase. All you really need is a decent sized shed.

    Sadly all mine burned last summer.
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  7. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    Got a '92 R100GS that I bought in '06 with 130,000 on the clock. It's now got 277,000 up and I can't see a reason to replace it. Parts are still fairly easy to get and I've got an ace service bloke who's got it running really well, so why change?
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  8. wozzamatta

    wozzamatta Is it new bike time yet

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    These days the difference between a 5 yo bike and a new bike is just electronics.
    In fact a lot of Japanese bikes are up to 20 years old with just minor changes.
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  9. Ron50

    Ron50 Long timer

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    Yep, I've got seven bikes - each one special in its own way - but if I could only have one it'd be the 92 R100GSPD, which I bought new.

    And it's probably worth more now than I paid for it!
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  10. 0405canvet

    0405canvet Long timer Supporter

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    Try to change every year. I need all the help a new bike has to offer!
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  11. Krons

    Krons Been here awhile

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    Contentment is a great thing. I'm thankful I don't feel the need for the latest electronic gadgets. Until my two bikes become unreliable or no longer fun I plan to keep them.

    There is something really pure and satisfying about a bike that is fully analog.
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  12. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Old enough to know better, but slow learnin'

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    I seem to have gotten quicker to turn them over as I've got older!
    My first few bikes went to 10+ years, but the last few have been 2 to 5 years.
    Getting impatient and intolerant in my old age........

    Cheers
    Brian
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  13. brgsprint

    brgsprint Long timer Supporter

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    For a long time, my routine was one motorcycle at a time. I kept them for ten years or 100,000 miles. Whichever came first.

    The miles I do now or more accurately don't do, will probably keep my Tiger here for a long time.
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  14. xnihilo

    xnihilo Coming from Nothing Supporter

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    Well, I just bought a new Electra Glide, and my plan is to keep it forever.
    Does that count?
    Also, I met a guy a few years back with an old Shovelhead. He bought it new when he left Viet Nam in 1969. Thought that was really cool. You could tell it was a part of him.
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  15. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde? Supporter

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    My rule is to let them go to another rider if I let a year go by without needing to put gas in the tank. I have never owned three at a time for more than a year.
    j.
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  16. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    My old ones are all in bits. Still got them, just need the time & $ to get them running.
    Just waiting for the last parts for my historic race bike - going to Goulburn next week, weather permitting. The TTR is nearly 20 years old (my newest bike) and is a goer. The RD250 is crash damaged. The Tiger/Trek is in a re-build after discovering frame fractures. Don't mention the XS11.

    No reason why I wouldn't buy a new bike, apart from my own age. Seat height & weight are now the big issues.
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  17. ktmgeoff

    ktmgeoff Remember it's not a race!

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    You're talking about DR650s aren't you ?:lol3
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  18. wozzamatta

    wozzamatta Is it new bike time yet

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    Without mentioning brands I've never understood the cruiser thing, they usually have less than 100mm rear suspension travel and the seating position would have to be the worst thing you could possibly do for long term back problems.
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  19. xnihilo

    xnihilo Coming from Nothing Supporter

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    A cruiser, yes, I can understand that.
    However, my Glide is a touring bike. In July I rode it from California to Florida and back doing 500+ mile days. No back problems whatsoever. In fact, waking up each morning I always looked forward to getting back on the bike. Also, at 56 I do have occasional back problems, but the bike never contributes to it. Moving crap around for mrs. xnihilo? That's another story.
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  20. xnihilo

    xnihilo Coming from Nothing Supporter

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    Would love to see a pic :-)
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