What is a high mileage scooter?

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by JerseyBiker, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. btcn

    btcn Long timer

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    Which bikes? Don't have a goldwing or anything like that!:lol3

    I don't have a Supersport bike or anything like that which is usually what younger riders have. I guess I'm not the typical rider of the Shadow 700 and the Elite 150, but I prefer cruisers and love scoots!
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  2. THE_SHRUB

    THE_SHRUB Potted plant

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    Yeah, if this is true then i guess riding my elite 150 and aspiring to own a 70's jap bike one day must make me an old fogie too!
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  3. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Gene Bartlow in California had 178,000 on his Helix. I haven't ridden my 94 Helix bought new in 95 for 6 years now but it is resting with 65,698 trouble free miles. Harry & Snady Catlin both had Helix's with 128,000 & 130,000 respectively.
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  4. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    This is VERY encouraging. At this rate, my Helix should be around for a few more decades. It's important to note, that proper maintenance can mean the difference between needing a ring job at 50k and seeing the odometer roll back to all zeroes without any major repairs at all. It all depends on how long you want your machine to last.
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  5. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    I changed oil every 1000 miles and cleaned the screen. I use Kendal GT1 20/50. I've replaced the belt a couple times, change plugs every 4,000 miles, new air filter every 12,000, adj. valves and rebuilt the clutch at 37,000. Mine will run 77 mph on a good smooth flat road with no wind. I put it up well and turn the motor over every so often and shoot Marvel Mystery oil on top of the piston. Drained the tank. Fresh gas and a new battery and Felix should run again. Probably should just sell him because I only ride my m/c these days. I've got gobs of new spares but I've had him 17 years this March so he's an old friend.
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  6. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Not exactly related to the OP's question, but I bought an '03 KLR250 a few years ago with 25,000 miles on it. Normally I'd never buy a bike or scooter that had that kind of mileage, but the guy was the original owner, he was about 55 years old, and he told me he'd used it strictly for commuting to his job for the past five years. He said he'd changed the oil faithfully, and that the bike had never failed him.

    Against my better judgement, I bought the bike. It's turned out to be one of the best bikes I've ever owned. I've changed all of the fluid and filters, replaced the chain and sprockets, replaced the front brake pads and tires, and cleaned and lubed everything up. It starts right up, runs perfectly, and I'd trust it to take me anywhere.

    I'm sure I overpaid for it, given the mileage. Could I ever "get my money out of it", if I were to sell it? Probably not. But hey, hobbies cost money, right? I keep tellin' myself that bikes are cheaper than boats, motorhomes, or ex-wives.

    This will be a bike that I'll probably give to my 16 year-old nephew next summer, and he might get another 2-3 seasons out of it.

    Having said that, I doubt I'd buy anything with more that 10,000 miles on it again. As a previous poster said, there are too many nice bikes for sale out there right now, with low miles on 'em, for cheap prices.
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  7. bikeridermark

    bikeridermark Long timer Supporter

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    Yea, bikes that sat around with no care, that need carb cleaning, rusted tanks, corroded brakes. No thanks, my Reflex runs like a top at 15,000 miles, and I don't consider it broken in yet!
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  8. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    If you're talking about the old 2 stroke Vespa 150 I don't think there is a point where they are "mostly used up". If' it's not rusted and it looks and runs OK it's worth buying if the price is right. Many years ago I sold my 1974 Vespa Rally 200 with over 170,000 miles on it and as far as I know it's still running.

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  9. Forde

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    yeah, thats what the manual says. but you should do it more often. i guarantee that the people who change their scooter oil at 1000 miles are doing it a lot more often than their manual says.

    e.g. my car's manual says change oil at 10,000 miles but i change it every 5.

    the manual for my XT660 says change the oil at 6000 miles. i would never go more than 3000 miles without an oil change.
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  10. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    25000 miles is nothing

    i would rather buy a maintained '03 bike with 25k on it than one with very low mileage. things go wrong with bikes and cars when they are not used often enough. they need to be used.
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  11. mrnoitall

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    86 Honda helix- 63,000 or 163,000 miles. When I bought it the odometer said 63,000 miles but when the title arrived it said 163,000. Not sure which one is accurate. In any event, it was running as good if not better than my 01 Helix with 12000 miles. That was until I changed the oil one day and forgot to torque the drain nut. The ride to work was fine. The ride home, not so much.:(:

    It's sitting under a cover on the side of my garage. I've been using is as a parts bike, I used the windshield on my ninja 250..:evil.. Just for the winter.:D
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  12. bbishoppcm

    bbishoppcm It ain't a moped.

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    Sorry, even I can't wrap my head around a 250cc Helix motor lasting THAT FREAKING LONG! Holy CHRIST! 63k or 163k (I bet it's the latter), that's INSANE! ...but I know it happens.
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  13. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    65698 on my 94 Helix bought new in 95 and put in storage 6 years ago. Burned no oil and ran great. I know of one with 128000, one with 130000, and the top of the list Gene Bartlow has one with 178000. I ran mine balls to the wall every mile. Replaced clutch at 37000 and thats about it other than Kendall 20w/50 GT1 oil every 1000.
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  14. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life! Supporter

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    WOW! Just WOW!

    Didn't think scoots would/could go that long.
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  15. creighta

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    No question the Helix has to be one of the greatest feets (feats?) of engineering in history. The local Honda dealer swears that a well maintained helix should go over the 150k mark without any major engine issues.

    I remember passing on a 250 chinese bike because it had 500mi on it when I was new to scooters:rofl

    Now I was excited to get a Maj. with 8k at a price I could afford.
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  16. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life! Supporter

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    Just wandered over to the SYM forum. Noticed an HD125 owner now has 46,000 miles! Only routine maintenance done so far to it.

    Another owner has a 50cc Sym with 26,000 miles. He seems to have had a couple of problems but nothing major.
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  17. windburn

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    I bought my 07 in 08 and I have 32,000 miles of seeing the country. The Silver Wing is very reliable and I have a few more months before the bike is fully paid for. To me that is when a bike becomes a bargain. It has more usefulness then resale and since I'm the only rider I'm responsible and know it's history. I'm getting ready for another tire change, this will be my fourth set of Bridgestone Hoops. I use Honda oil and keep it changed. I'm on my second belt. I have change my brake fluid, and gear fluid. I keep it fluffed and buffed. I haven't looked at it's book value but with the miles it would be low. In truth if I where buying used I would look for low miles, clean appearance and maintenance record. Even with that I feel very comfortable in taking my Silver Wing across country.
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  18. tastroman

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    I hate to admit it but I'd be more confident taking my 250cc Daelim cross country than I would my 1200cc Buell. Sad but true.
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  19. chazbird

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    We need to hear from scooter owners in Europe, perhaps Italy. I know they rack up a lot of miles, usually far more than most Americans do on scooters. They wouldn't think 50k - 70k miles as a lot. In India my friend had 100cc Hero Honda (think Honda 90 type engine). It had 135,000 kilometers on it. It wasn't babied either. It ran fine all day long in insane stop and go traffic, where 8 months of the year the weather is 100-110f temps. I'll be annoyed if I don't get 80,000 trouble free miles from my BV250.
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  20. riddleofsteel

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    I bought a Yamaha C3 50cc scooter with 50,000 miles on it. Actually traded a pistol (worth $300) for it. They are water cooled and fuel injected. Scooter had many owners and no title so who knows how it was treated before me. I replaced a lot of body parts but did nothing mechanical until the fuel pump failed at 75,000 miles. I went to change the oil one day and noticed it was mixed with water/antifreeze. Checked the coolant and found it way low...blown head gasket. I put the scooter up for sale asking $800.00 with full disclosure. To my surprise it sold in less than a week. I found my 1986 Honda Elite with 3200 miles, one owner, all dealer maintained, garage kept, the next day for $1100.

    Point is that at least one water cooled 50cc scooter can go 75,000 miles

    Would I buy another Yamaha C3 with 50,000 miles? I don't know; how cheap is it?
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