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Used Bike with Low miles vs High Miles - June 3, 2014, 04:15 PM

Wanted to ask a question from you guys.

Based on your experience, for a used bike, would you guys prefer a bike with really low miles or one with high miles? Provided both are few years old.

For example, bike from 2005 with say 1000 miles vs bike from 2009 with say 26000 miles.

Any input, suggestion and advise would be greatly appreciated.

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June 3, 2014, 04:21 PM

I would check overall condition before paying attention to mileage. 26,000 is still low to me.
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June 3, 2014, 04:25 PM

Not really a straight forward answer. Depends on model, previous maintenance/condition, price.

However going off your example I would probably pick the 2005 putting any other factors aside. 1000 miles is still a "new" bike.


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June 3, 2014, 04:27 PM

Me personally I usually try to go with the one that has less miles but one that has been taken care of properly but at the same time I just picked up a zx6r with 28k and it rides better then some of the bikes with half the miles ...


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June 3, 2014, 04:34 PM

I'd prefer lower miles, IF the bike was stored indoors properly. If the miles that are on it are on the front end and not put on recently, the bike will need work (mostly fuel system) to get it back on the road. The tires may also be old.

The high mileage one, if it hasn't been flogged too badly and no service (valve adjustments, tires/brakes) is due, should be ready to run.
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June 3, 2014, 04:53 PM

Thanks so much guys for all of your responses.

I actually just used 2005 and 2009 as examples. Because, sometimes you run into bikes with really low miles. But they are 8-10 years old and in terms of maintenance, only few oil changes and maybe for a carb bike, some carb cleaning is done.

So it appears that as long as bike is running fine, up to date with maintenance, then it all should be fine.

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June 3, 2014, 04:55 PM

Price, condition, intended use, re-sale value, if the same model bike I'd consider what changes were made to the model in the 4 year period. Just new plastics or something else of more consequence to me? - all these come into play. Mileage is one factor out of many.

All things equal I'd opt for the lower mileage bike. But things usually aren't that cut and dry.


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Price, condition, intended use, re-sale value, if the same model bike I'd consider what changes were made to the model in the 4 year period. Just new plastics or something else of more consequence to me? - all these come into play. Mileage is one factor out of many.

All things equal I'd opt for the lower mileage bike. But things usually aren't that cut and dry.
Really valid points and excellent advice.

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June 3, 2014, 05:33 PM

Agree with all posts. Many factors to take into account but I wouldn't run away from a well kept bike with high miles. Some makes/models are hard to find with low miles.

Go look for a 1998-2001 Honda VFR. If you find one with under 10000 miles the owner is probably asking collector type money.
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June 3, 2014, 08:36 PM

My sentiments are in this post. Ultimately it's how well the prior took care of it. Otherwise, you'll spend a pretty penny trying to figure out how mechanically sound the bike is.
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June 3, 2014, 11:31 PM

Suzuki @ 26K miles = Hard to find because most have been crashed by that point.
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Ducati @ 26K miles = Mileage is directly proportional to distance from Starbucks. So, if he lives 1 mile away, that's like 13,000 Lattes.


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June 3, 2014, 11:55 PM

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Suzuki @ 26K miles = Hard to find because most have been crashed by that point.
Kawasaki @ 26K miles = Two words: Valve Job
Yamaha @ 26K miles = Hard to find one not been passed around like the town whore.
Honda @ 26K miles = Finally broken in. Now you can really get on the pipe with it.
Harley @ 26K miles = run. run away.
BMW @ 26K miles = Been to more states than the carnival.
Ducati @ 26K miles = Mileage is directly proportional to distance from Starbucks. So, if he lives 1 mile away, that's like 13,000 Lattes.


I always look at it as the old bike = maintenance for suspension, gaskets
new bike with lots of miles = suspension and a valve job

So at the end of the day depends on the person selling it. Did they maintain it meticulously? Did they store it inside at all times? Did they race it? Too many variables to think about. I prefer one that is relatively new (<5years) with low miles (<10K) for a good price


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June 4, 2014, 12:01 AM

I'd be wary of a 10 year old bike with such low mileage. Seals, hoses, etc.


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June 4, 2014, 06:33 AM

If I knew the previous owner and could verify that maintenance was performed, a higher mileage bike would not bother me at all. Otherwise, if I'm buying from someone I don't know I aim for lower miles. Unless they are being stunted, most bikes are rarely ridden hard. The exception are the squids that run around in low gears at high rpms all the time however, even those are not common.

If you don't know much about the mechanics of a bike, I'd encourage you to work with a shop to look the bike over or take a friend and pay them in beer!


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June 4, 2014, 07:48 AM

Thanks so much guys, I really appreciate all the input.

I'll keep all of your advises and suggestions in mind. Thanks again.


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