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Question How much miles are consider too much miles on a BIKE??? - March 26, 2010, 01:37 PM

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Looking at all the bikes out there for sale and notice that "miles" yes Miles!! are not quite valued as much as cars when being sold.
Can some on please clarify what would be a turning point on a probable purchase do to mile?


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March 26, 2010, 01:40 PM

these are modern era machines. Unless being used to race or all Tds miles on the street are just like miles on a car. People who actually keep there bikes for more than 3-4 years rack a lot of miles with no problems.

But with the turnover rate of motorcycles its hard to justify even 15k miles on a bike. Even though it posses no real risk to the buyer it still looks well worse compared to 2k.


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March 26, 2010, 01:45 PM

i think it depends on the precision of manufacturing and compression ratio of an engine. For instance old tractor engines have 6:1 compression and will run forever. Our sport bike engines are pushing 11:1 compression. That is a lot of force and low tolerance manufacturing. I have read that sport bike engines last around 30,000 miles, my 2005 Ninja went for 44,000 miles before it wore out.

I tend to stay away from super low mileage. I would rather buy a 2 year old bike with 15,000 miles on it than a 6 year old bike with 1,000 miles on it. The low mileage bike has sat for so long I worry about the amount of damage done on dry start ups.

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A well taken care of street machine can have as many miles as a car, although they depreciate with mileage faster than cars do. I would be less concerned about miles and more concerned about how well the bike was maintained and what it was used for (i.e. street or track)


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receipts go a long way when the mileage is high...Especially with bikes that require specific mileage maintenance and adjustments.

also be careful of those "low mile stunt bikes" for sale.

I would raise an eyebrow or ask for maintenance receipts starting at around the 12k - 14k miles on a bike used for spirited weekend rides and daily commuting.

Always inquire about receipts when the age of the bike doesn't match the mileage. Example: a 2001 R1 with 3k miles. Could very well be that the owner just didn't have time to ride it, but as the buyer, it's your job to double check and make sure if an engine was rebuilt or installed, that it was done properly before you buy.
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If the bike is newer than 6 years and has 15k miles youll be just fine. What are you looking at mileage wise?


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This was great...

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I would rather buy a 2 year old bike with 15,000 miles on it than a 6 year old bike with 1,000 miles on it.
With that said... What is the avg miles to put on a bike per year? or season better said

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Example: a 2001 R1 with 3k miles.
Great example... point taken...

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If the bike is newer than 6 years and has 15k miles youll be just fine. What are you looking at mileage wise?

I'm looking at a Repsol 07 with 4xxx miles ... that is going for $5000 I also have my eye on a Gixxer 07 1000 with 8000 miles for $7500

But i have seen other bikes like a 06 gixxer 750 with 18k for $6500..
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those miles are not a problem. Normal riding miles for the seasons. I try to get close to 10k a season. Last year that did not happen but this year it will.


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I sold my 2000 RC51 with 50,000 plus miles a few years ago the guy still has it and rides it all the time. The other day he had it at work and i think it had 65k plus on it now. a motor is a motor if you change the oil and coolant it should run forever
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i got a 06 with 28k miles, got the bike brand new from dealership, i know i will ride that thing till wheels fall off, cant sale. a car usually 12-15k a year. so i m guessing 6 months a year riding, you should be 6k miles a year on a bike.


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I have 41,000 miles on mine and it is for sale for 3500 it is an 04 r6


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i think it depends on the precision of manufacturing and compression ratio of an engine. For instance old tractor engines have 6:1 compression and will run forever. Our sport bike engines are pushing 11:1 compression. That is a lot of force and low tolerance manufacturing. I have read that sport bike engines last around 30,000 miles, my 2005 Ninja went for 44,000 miles before it wore out.

I tend to stay away from super low mileage. I would rather buy a 2 year old bike with 15,000 miles on it than a 6 year old bike with 1,000 miles on it. The low mileage bike has sat for so long I worry about the amount of damage done on dry start ups.

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+1 .. higher cc bikes tend to last longer .. exceptions are f4i's which go on and on and on and on .. saw one with 150k miles on it!


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There are a few people on the r1 forum who have over 100k on theirs.


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