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Question: What's the highest number of miles you ever put on a bike?
10-20K - 27 (8.8%)
20K-30K - 39 (12.7%)
30K-40K - 46 (14.9%)
40K-50K - 26 (8.4%)
50K-60K - 36 (11.7%)
60K-70K - 23 (7.5%)
70K-80K - 20 (6.5%)
80K-90K - 17 (5.5%)
90K-100K - 22 (7.1%)
100K or More (Tell us below!) - 52 (16.9%)
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« on: April 15, 2012, 10:14:08 am »

I'm curious about bike longevity and how many miles people typically put on a bike before replacing it?
(And see the related poll just below.)

I've currently got about 37K miles on my 2007 V-Strom 650. Partly what inspired this thread is the realization that in all likelihood, I'll keep riding this bike 'til it won't go anymore...partly because I can't really afford a new bike now...but the main reason is, I'm perfectly happy with it, and it's still running flawlessly (and not burning any oil).

I've only owned 2 other bikes:
2006 KLR650: 14K miles, then sold it because I couldn't justify keeping two 650's. (I miss it terribly...and often think selling it was a mistake.)
2006 Honda VFR: 16K miles, then sold it because I test rode a V-Strom, and instantly realized the VFR's riding position was not for me. (Though I still miss it.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 10:24:44 am »

I put over 90K on both my R80ST and K100. The Viffer currently has 74K. I obviously am not one of those that buys a new bike every 3-4 years.  Lol
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 10:27:15 am »


I put over 90K on both my R80ST and K100. The Viffer currently has 74K. I obviously am not one of those that buys a new bike every 3-4 years.  Lol


That's awesome.  Thumbsup So (related to my other poll)...have maintenance costs gone up at all (and/or has reliability and peace of mind on long trips gone down any)?
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 10:29:29 am »

1995 Honda VFR750 with 158K km or just under 100K miles. Still going strong though the bodywork is a little rough in spots. I am always lusting after new bikes but really I am quite happy and content with the VFR. In general, I keep my vehicles for the long haul. In my adult life I've had two cars - 1980 VW Scirocco and 1997 VW Golf. The Golf has 325K km and the Scirocco had at least that when I sold it. While I like new vehicles, I hate the buying process, more specifically, dealing with the dealer.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012, 10:40:36 am »

Had over 100k on a Generation 1 connie
Had 87k on my last Harley
60K on the Speed triple I currently own
And in the mid 20's on the Versys
Guess I keep them too long  Lol
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012, 11:03:16 am »

My old K100RT had somewhere around 176,000 miles on it when I sold it. It was still in fine shape, but I just wasn't riding it any more.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 11:07:31 am »

You're right at the mileage that my Wee started to burn a little oil.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 11:16:25 am »


You're right at the mileage that my Wee started to burn a little oil.


Yeah, I remember you mentioning that. I'm watching carefully. Actually, it may burn just a tiny bit...as in, a couple months after an oil change it'll have dropped from just under the "HIGH" line in the sightglass...to just above the "LOW" line. (But does that count as "burning oil?")

I'm curious about the whole oil-burning issue too...as in, is burning a bit of oil normal after a certain number of miles on a bike? (That's probably a separate thread...and may have been done—I'll have to do a search.)

What about you guys who put 75-100K miles on a bike or more? Were you losing any oil between changes?

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012, 11:43:35 am »

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 11:56:50 am »

Also, No.
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2012, 12:13:02 pm »

I've put over 30K on the VFR and 35K on the BMW. But I'm still a youngster.  Bigsmile

I don't ride the BMW as often now, but M.Brane has added her to his commute rotation and really likes her - especially on colder mornings. I've considered selling her off and on but we are both rather attached to the 'fat girl'. She comes in very handy when I can't ride (mending broken bones in my throttle hand) and also when M.Brane's son visits. He likes the back rest. Lol She's up on the lift now getting some much needed attention plus M.Brane is curious about all the stuff under the tupperware.  Smile
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2012, 04:42:16 pm »


What about you guys who put 75-100K miles on a bike or more? Were you losing any oil between changes?

I have a small oil leak in my 95 VFR. A couple spots will appear a few hours after a ride. Seems to be bottom end somewehere. I think it started 2 or 3 years ago but since my bike was parked outside all the time I never felt motivated enough to fix it. But now I should.
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2012, 08:46:58 pm »

I've got 100k on the Strom. Oil goes down a bit between changes, never enough to feel I need to add. Also put 82k on a Zook 850GS without probs.
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2012, 09:07:14 pm »

I've put 130,000 km on my 04 FJR in the last 3 years. It will no doubt break 100,000 miles this year.

By far the most I've ever put on any one bike. Uses no oil, upgraded the suspension to a full Ohlins setup, and just as strong as the day I got it.

I usually get bored with them around 25-30K mark and sell them for something else.

But the FJR is just to good to even think about parting with and I'm looking forward to the next 100K with it.

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Yeah, I remember you mentioning that. I'm watching carefully. Actually, it may burn just a tiny bit...as in, a couple months after an oil change it'll have dropped from just under the "HIGH" line in the sightglass...to just above the "LOW" line. (But does that count as "burning oil?")

I'm curious about the whole oil-burning issue too...as in, is burning a bit of oil normal after a certain number of miles on a bike? (That's probably a separate thread...and may have been done—I'll have to do a search.)

What about you guys who put 75-100K miles on a bike or more? Were you losing any oil between changes? Scott


Not a drop , in fact the only one I ever had that burned oil was a1960 panhead that was used, it stopped after I redid it , inc rerouting to outside oil lines
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2012, 03:08:02 pm »

My 07 Tiger will roll over 100K later this year . . . . no oil usage, with the exception of extended high-rpm ops, in which case I'd call it very minor usage.

Modern bikes are so good, high miles like this are not remarkable (or, at least, not as remarkable as they used to be).
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2012, 06:47:32 pm »

R1100GS sold at 140k
R1100S sold at 160k
HD FXR sold at 110k

plenty of other high, but sub 100k, bikes
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2012, 07:53:13 am »

Pretty impressive! Over half of our poll respondents have put 70K or more miles on a bike. And I was thinking people treated bikes like cars---buy a new one every 3 years or 30K miles, whichever comes first.  Lol It's encouraging to see a lot of people racking up the high miles!

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Pretty impressive! Over half of our poll respondents have put 70K or more miles on a bike. And I was thinking people treated bikes like cars---buy a new one every 3 years or 30K miles, whichever comes first.  Lol It's encouraging to see a lot of people racking up the high miles!

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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2012, 11:37:31 am »

Record was 78K miles on a '90 Yamaha Radian. Bought for a song in '94 with only 830 miles; sold 10 years later for $50 less than I paid for it.
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2012, 11:40:44 am »

Highest on a bike: just over 20K on the Sprint. I'm in the 'keep swapping' club, though it's not boredom as much as realising it's not QUITE the right bike and tweaking it is going to get EXPENSIVE. (Or, in the case of the KTM, that it was possessed and whatever demon lurked inside hated me with a passion. But anyway)

Cars? My Scooby is a first model year WRX, so over 10 years old and has over 150k miles. With a telecommuting job and a bike as a run-around, it sees many, many less miles than it used to in the first 5 years I owned it.
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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2012, 11:41:04 am »

My numbers are low only because I've not been riding that long.  Stated in June 2008 and put 15,000 miles on bike #1, Suzuki GS500F.  Bought bike #2 in late December 2010, Honda NT700V, and now have 23,000 on that one.  No plans to change bikes any time soon so will likely see some high numbers.

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« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2012, 01:32:29 am »

2002 BlackBird. 180,600 kms as of last Sunday.
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« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2012, 01:39:14 am »

I have over 90K miles on my K12, and still going strong. (I've been riding the F this week, but I'll ride the K tomorrow.)

The engine uses about 1/2 qt every 6K miles, which it has done since I bought it barely-used.

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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2012, 09:11:11 am »

The old-Conc I had rolled over 150k before exploding (almost literally).  Current bike's got about 35k on it, but I'll probably keep it for a long time.  Now that my round-trip commute is 60 miles, I expect to roll the odometer a lot more.
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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2012, 12:42:18 pm »

I put 120k on a 1980 HD Electraglide. This was supposedly among the worst of the AMF years.
The bike was almost flawless for the 20 years I had her. I sold it to someone in the neighborhood so I still see it being ridden...alot.

Since then I've put 50k on a Valkyrie I/S.
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I put 120k on a 1980 HD Electraglide. This was supposedly among the worst of the AMF years.
The bike was almost flawless for the 20 years I had her. I sold it to someone in the neighborhood so I still see it being ridden...alot.

Since then I've put 50k on a Valkyrie I/S.
I had a 71 Fl that ran flawless for 60k for me so I guess not all of them were bad. It even drug a hack around for a year and a half
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« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2012, 01:08:27 pm »

Still impressive! Over 61% of the 70 poll responders (as of this post) have put more than 50K miles on their bikes. That's awesome.
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« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2012, 01:22:37 pm »

Over 100k on my old 78GL1000 Inlove  I really liked that ride, well that is until I got something with power and handling.

I bought the GL from the original owner,  within a month quit my job and hit the road for the summer. She only left me stranded once (flat tire). With the Vetter fairing and boxes she was a tank but I could ride all day and still dance a jig.

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« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2012, 01:26:51 pm »

Last bike; '00 GSXR750; just shy of 260k miles.
It was (damn forest rats) my first motorcycle on which the odometer actually kept working.
Hope my replacement; Moto Guzzi Griso 8V 1200; lasts just as long if not more.

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« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2012, 03:54:12 pm »

over 80k on an old Guzzi before I sold it.
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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2012, 10:18:14 pm »

106,000 miles on the Hayabusa (that's a bit over 170,000 kilometers) and am heading out on am 8,000 mile trip next month.

I had a rectifier/regulator bail three years ago. Just black melted plastic down the side of the bike. It's the only time a malfunction has left me on the side of the road.

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« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2012, 10:31:15 pm »

the most i ever put was on the Busa, that i bought used with 3100 miles, and i put another 28k miles before i sold it cause i thought the wife didn't like the wind bobbin her head around. found out months later she actually loved that bike. DANGIT!!
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« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2012, 11:39:12 pm »

I've put about 15,000 miles on my R1100RT-P, but it currently has 83,500 miles on it. That's not the most mileage I've put on a bike, I had a 2001 Yamaha YZF-600R that I put 20,000 miles on, and it was still going strong like the day it was new. I think any bike can get to high mileage, and you'll find many of them on this forum, www.sport-touring.net, due to the type of riders most often found here.

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« Reply #35 on: April 23, 2012, 07:15:05 am »

'77 RD400E sold at 17K for,
'80 CB750F totaled at 29K and bought,
'76 RD400D sold at 35K sold for,
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'01 GSF1200S with 37K and would be more if it didn't have to share time with the 2 bikes above it.

Only 2 of these bikes were subject to failures, one mechanical (my 2nd Seca) and one rider (I threw the Honda down the road).  Properly cared for the modern motorcycle, say post '75, can last a long time.
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« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2012, 08:09:15 am »

My current ride, a Kawasaki C14 will pass 40,000mi. this week, almost double what my other bikes have gone.
Plus, this is the longest time I've spent with the same bike, over three years.
I'm constantly thinking about trading or selling it for something different, BUT everytime I ride it I say to myself, "self what are you nuts, this bike was custom made for you!"  Bigsmile
At 40,000mi. it's starting to loosen-up a bit, show a bit of wear & tear (it's black), but it's a 100,000mi. no major problem bike.
If Kawasaki put it on a diet and lose 50lb., IMO it would be the perfect sport-tourer.
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« Reply #37 on: April 23, 2012, 10:03:15 pm »

'81 Honda GL1100 Interstate  146,352 miles
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« Reply #38 on: April 23, 2012, 10:10:33 pm »


I've put about 15,000 miles on my R1100RT-P, but it currently has 83,500 miles on it. That's not the most mileage I've put on a bike, I had a 2001 Yamaha YZF-600R that I put 20,000 miles on, and it was still going strong like the day it was new. I think any bike can get to high mileage, and you'll find many of them on this forum, www.sport-touring.net, due to the type of riders most often found here.

(I took the liberty of bolding the important parts to make it easier for you to read and understand, in case you're retarded.)


dang, and here i thought it was some special coding or some super secret squirrel shit.

 15,000 R1100RT-P  83,500 put a R on new can find riders often bolding retarded.


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« Reply #39 on: April 23, 2012, 10:17:02 pm »

95K and counting on my 05 ST1300. No oil use between 5k mile changes. Valve adjustment checked for the first time at 92k. No adjustment required.

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« Reply #40 on: April 29, 2012, 10:16:32 pm »

I have about 216,000kms on my 2004 FJR  . I didn't really mean to put that many on it. It was done by accident.


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« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2012, 10:56:41 pm »


I have about 216,000kms on my 2004 FJR  . I didn't really mean to put that many on it. It was done by accident.


     Honest.  Lol


Those are all kilometers though. Your bike doesn't actually have any miles on it at all. You should sell it immediately.
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« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2012, 11:51:27 pm »


I have about 216,000kms on my 2004 FJR  . I didn't really mean to put that many on it. It was done by accident.


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« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2012, 06:33:02 pm »

Keep reporting on these 04 FJRs. Mine's just "breakin' in" at 45 grand. Bigsmile
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« Reply #44 on: April 30, 2012, 07:17:47 pm »

1986 Concours ZG1000, 337,000 miles, retired due to running into a mess of used cooking oil dumped on the road by overturned drums in the back of a truck.

2000 Concours ZG1000 214,000 miles, sold to purchase my third Concours a 2006 it's just a baby with 69,000miles.

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« Reply #45 on: April 30, 2012, 10:29:13 pm »


1986 Concours ZG1000, 337,000 miles, retired due to running into a mess of used cooking oil dumped on the road by overturned drums in the back of a truck.

2000 Concours ZG1000 214,000 miles, sold to purchase my third Concours a 2006 it's just a baby with 69,000miles.

1978 BMW R100RS 122,000 miles, sold to purchase a later model BMW.


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« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2012, 12:30:44 pm »

I've put well over 40k on ninja 250s, just not the same one due to bad luck (first was run over, second had a kinked frame, third looks like an utter POS but has been reliable so far).
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« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2012, 01:59:24 pm »

9,800 miles on a GS550L

2500 on a GL500 Silverwing Interstate

10,000 on a Kaw 750 Zephyr

38,000 into my current love/hate relationship with my ZG1000 Concours.

Not nearly as many miles as some of you, but the past few years on my Connie have been my most active and enjoyable biking years to date.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #48 on: June 12, 2012, 10:46:00 am »

I had a 92 Gold Wing that I put 108,000 miles on in 7 years that I owned it. I was going to put 200,000 on it before I sold it but I got a great deal on a 98SE in an Estate sale that I couldn't pass up.
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« Reply #49 on: June 16, 2012, 09:30:13 pm »

I voted 100K+ but need to elaborate a bit.

First beemer was a 1976 R75/6 that I put 50K on in 3 years then had to sell it to pay medical bills

Next one was the '99 R1200C that was well on it's way to 100K when my brother in law totaled it at 72K.

Then came the '98 RT that I purchased about a year and half after getting the R12C.  I put 98K on it (+22K at purchase) and parted it out at 120K because it was worth more in parts than as a whole bike.

The 2000 R1200C replaced the '99 with 12.7K at purchase and now has 102K and still going strong.  

The last purchase was the 2000 opal blue RT that came to me with 12.2K on the odo and I have now added another 13K to that.  Planning on keeping both the Y-2K bikes until I'm too old and feeble to hold them up.  Bigok
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« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2012, 02:54:55 pm »


 I had a 71 Fl that ran flawless for 60k for me so I guess not all of them were bad. It even drug a hack around for a year and a half



Ditto, I put over 50k on my 1980 FLH-P plus the 18k the WSP put on it without too much trouble. AMF Harley's ran fine if you left them alone and just rode them. I put almost 50k on my 1985 K100RS before selling it for the closing cost on a house and 65k on my 2002 1200 Trophy before it was hit and totaled. My current 2009 R1200 GS has 15k on it but I bought it as a leftover in 2010 and the weathers been wetter and snowier than usual the last few years so that cut into my riding time. I tend to trade bikes quite a bit so I had a few that only saw 10k or so before I traded them in on something else. The one's I kept for any length of time got some pretty good milage on them.
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« Reply #51 on: June 21, 2012, 04:38:18 pm »

One of our members on the ZX14 site just turned 99,000 miles on his.....20 sets of tires,  a few brake pads and rotors..motor and tranny perfect!

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« Reply #52 on: June 21, 2012, 05:28:46 pm »

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That's impressive. I wonder what the numbers on the highest mileage C10 out there are, and I'm curious to see if the C14 is going to rival the longevity of it's predecessor.

From what I've seen, I'd say yes.
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« Reply #53 on: June 21, 2012, 05:35:11 pm »

Well there are already several that are over 100k.

JamminJere has got to be pretty close to 80k by now.

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« Reply #54 on: June 23, 2012, 03:24:19 am »

I'm like a few others. I usually get rid of them and get something new when I hit the 20-40k mile mark:

1984 FXSB 5k miles on it. Bought new in Dec '85. Drunk neighbor drove on top of it
1986 Honda V45 9k miles.  Sold when transferring to Germany
1995 HD Super Glide 12k miles when I traded it for the next bike
1996 Ducati 916 32k kilometers on it. It was sold after I broke my back and was told I wouldn't walk again
1998 Honda CBR1100xx  14k miles on it when it was stolen. It was my present to myself when got out of the hospital
1994 Suzuki Bandit 28k miles when sold. Bought it with 1,400 on the odometer in 1999.  Sold it in 2003 after not riding much for 2 years.
No bike for 6 years
2005 FJR currently has 28k on it. I bought it in 2010 with 4k on it. Since I bought it I've only had 7 months of total riding time (pre-deployment training, specialization schools, and deploying to Iraq/Kuwait) and in that time I've put 24k miles on the bike.  Don't plan on getting rid of it but I do want another bike.
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« Reply #55 on: June 24, 2012, 12:11:02 am »

186,400 kms and 10 pairs of tires. A few ccts, a couple of batteries, one R&R, two stators. Lots of oil, hydraulic fluid, some fork oil.
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« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2012, 05:35:07 am »

70,000 on a Honda Valkyrie
101,000 on my 2005 Honda ST 1300

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« Reply #57 on: July 13, 2012, 02:12:23 pm »

141k on C10 Connie....Threw the timing belt....My fault though as she warned me long before she went.


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« Reply #58 on: August 01, 2012, 12:32:06 pm »


141k on C10 Connie....Threw the timing belt....My fault though as she warned me long before she went.


First I've ever heard of that happening on a C-10, every C-10 I've ever wrenched on had a timing Chain. Headscratch
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« Reply #59 on: September 01, 2012, 09:27:02 am »

123,000 on my '91 Goldwing. NO problems. Doesn't use any oil.
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« Reply #60 on: November 02, 2012, 10:02:50 am »

85k miles on the '06 Suz Wee Strom, only normal maintenance so far
Just picked up a '12 BMW R12RT, so far only 3k...but I expect there will be many more miles before I get tired of either bike

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« Reply #61 on: December 10, 2012, 09:30:43 pm »

Just a little over 251,000 miles on my '04 CBR 600 F4i.... it's the only bike I've ever had so nothing else to compare to, lol. Not exactly a touring bike by any means, but I make do with what I have, lol. Bought it brand new on Oct 17th, 2004 with 3 miles on the clock.... she's been a good one alright! Still runs like brand new, doesn't burn or leak any oil

Still looks halfway decent too, I guess. She's a 'jack of all trades', alright!

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« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2012, 02:22:16 am »

Of the 6 bikes that I have owned, the most miles I put on one was 96,000 miles on my 86' Interceptor 500.
20,000 miles on my 85', FJ1100,
40,000 miles on my 84' Interceptor 1000,
10,000miles on my 86' Radian 600,
2000 miles on my current 89' FJ1200 which I purchased in June of 2012.
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« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2012, 06:39:13 pm »

I bought my 1998 Yamaha JX600s with 2k on it.  Now 35k on it. 2009 Concours 14 was picked up last December with 10k on it. Currently has 25k.

My best friend and riding buddy, bought a 1989 FJ1200 for $1500 in 07. It had 20k on it. We just pulled the engine to re-ring and re-seal it with 99k on it. He is going to pick up an FJR his spring. He plans on hitting 200k.
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« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2012, 11:02:37 am »

Ran my 1989 GL-1100 Goldwing close to 134k then I sold it in 1998.

And didn't ride again till 2008 bought the 1998 Tiger Steamer 900,
sold it bought a Kawasaki ZRX 1200R, sold it than bought in Feb 18th 2011 my New Tiger 1050 now with over 37k since new.

Funny thing I saw my ZRX at a motorcycle shop yesterday on consignment, we fired it up and I was like I miss this beast, but I was to big for the frame damn near killed me on a twisty road before I sold it.

Had like a thousand extra miles and all the same stuff I sold it with.

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« Reply #65 on: January 03, 2013, 03:12:20 pm »

Ok, you guys are heros...not more tham 17.000km on the big Vstrom. Embarassment
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« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2013, 08:25:06 pm »

Hi Gang,
New member here.
I put 37k miles on my last bike ('92 ZX11), and it ran perfect when I sold it.  Full disclosure; I gave it a 1109cc 12.5:1 big bore kit at about 20k miles, just because I wanted to.  The rings weren't bad, but it did smoke a bit when first started.  So, I installed new guides, valve seals, and a valve job while it was apart.  No alternator chain tensioner issues with that bike, never even heard of the problem until recently.

My "new" bike is a 2002 ZZR1200, just bought it with 7700 miles.  Look forward to riding again. Thumbsup
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« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2013, 01:20:38 pm »

Put little over 85K on a Suzuki GS500  (bought it with 11K on the ODO).

It was my only mode of motorized transportation when I was really poor and in college.

Finally took it's last breath little after I graduated. Luckily I was employed, had some money saved up and finally bought a used commuter car and brand new R6.
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« Reply #68 on: January 21, 2013, 10:16:03 am »

I purchased my 95' K1100LT with just under 25K miles on the clock. I sold it at 180.5K miles.

I bought my 04' K1200GT with 1.8k miles on it 6 years ago. It has 143K miles on it now. Keep the fluids and filters changed at the required intervals. Don't flog the bike everytime its ridden and it should last.

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Beautiful ZRX you owned.




Ran my 1989 GL-1100 Goldwing close to 134k then I sold it in 1998.

And didn't ride again till 2008 bought the 1998 Tiger Steamer 900,
sold it bought a Kawasaki ZRX 1200R, sold it than bought in Feb 18th 2011 my New Tiger 1050 now with over 37k since new.

Funny thing I saw my ZRX at a motorcycle shop yesterday on consignment, we fired it up and I was like I miss this beast, but I was to big for the frame damn near killed me on a twisty road before I sold it.

Had like a thousand extra miles and all the same stuff I sold it with.

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« Reply #70 on: January 21, 2013, 11:06:43 am »

70K on the '06 Ex. 2 years of commuting should put it at about 100K, the goal.
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« Reply #71 on: January 23, 2013, 04:25:07 pm »

Had an '80 GS1000S when I lived in So Cal that I put 86k miles on it when I sold it. Had 60k miles when I swapped in an '83 GS1100ES engine.

Many bikes since then. Probably the next highest was an '02 ZZR1200 that I put 29k on when I sold it.
Have too many motorcycles now plus I work from home so I can't see racking up any commuter miles.
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« Reply #72 on: January 29, 2013, 04:12:25 pm »


I'm curious about bike longevity and how many miles people typically put on a bike before replacing it?
(And see the related poll just below.)

New Member here, Just picked up a 2003 Triumph Sprint ST with 22k miles on it. Fantastic bike, looking forward to many miles on it.

My 85 Goldwing had 177k miles on it when I sold it, ran perfectly.
My 98 Goldwing had 101k miles on it when I hit something on the road doing 75. I'm Ok, but it got totaled.
Many other bikes with varied mileage.
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« Reply #73 on: February 26, 2013, 10:19:02 am »

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« Reply #74 on: April 20, 2013, 11:21:38 am »

I have 118K on a Stratoliner and 190K on a Valkyrie.

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« Reply #75 on: April 26, 2013, 11:17:36 pm »

Almost 19K miles on my 99 Concours in the 16 months that I've owned it . Bigsmile
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« Reply #76 on: May 18, 2013, 09:30:00 am »

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« Reply #77 on: July 08, 2013, 10:02:23 am »

Rode my 01 Conc 195k & would prolly still have it. But a damn moose took it out & me almost out.  Crazy Its replacement (a 97 Conc) has 43k on it.
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« Reply #78 on: July 08, 2013, 11:00:25 am »

Rolled a 100,000 miles on my 04 FJR a couple of weekends ago.

I've never put a 100K on anything before. Great bike, now the only question is do I replace it with a 13 FJR, or wait to see if Yammie comes out with a midsizer.

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« Reply #79 on: July 08, 2013, 01:58:13 pm »

Replace it?  You just got done with the break in period!
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« Reply #80 on: July 09, 2013, 10:06:14 pm »

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« Reply #82 on: October 06, 2013, 06:32:37 am »

An acquaintance of mine had 260,000 on his one-owner 1997 Valkyrie when I lost touch with him over a year ago.  He'd never had the valve covers off; it burned no oil; it ran as well as my 1998 Valkyrie with 65,000.  He was beginning to baby it a little, saying the compression was slightly down.  I never saw a trace of visible exhaust from it even on the few occasions when he corked it on when I was behind him.  But then he gave the Valkyrie a lot more attention than he gave his wife.
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« Reply #83 on: October 06, 2013, 09:39:19 pm »

I have 94K on my 1986 Concours....but I only put the last 34K on it
I put 74K on a 2000 ZRX before selling it
Have 32K on my 2007 FZ6

I also have 250,000 miles on my 2004 Honda....but it's a CRV, not a bike.   Lol   I do plan to keep it until it reaches 500K if I can....it's the perfect 4 wheeled vehicle for me.

Has anyone else ever tried to figure out how many miles they have ridden and/or driven in their lifetime?

I figure I've ridden somewhere around 250,000 miles and probably close to a 750,000 miles of driving over the last 40 years.....around 1 million total miles and LOTS of oil and tires..... EEK!
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« Reply #84 on: November 10, 2013, 12:14:41 am »

I was at 20 - 30 K when I voted.  Now have 53,000 on a 2010 Honda NT700V.  
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« Reply #85 on: April 18, 2014, 08:44:36 pm »

I have 363,000 miles on 1991 HD FXRS-CONV and 323,000 mies on 2003 DL1000 V-Strom. The Strom has never had the engine opened up and has been pennies to operate over the years, just routine maintenance. The H-D on the other hand has cost me enough for 2-3 new bikes Smile I havent ridden it in about 2 years! POS.
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« Reply #86 on: May 31, 2014, 12:08:21 am »

I have put 60,000 miles on my 2002 Bandit 1200 in 8 years. The bike has been good to me.
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« Reply #87 on: June 30, 2014, 03:54:36 pm »

With 4 bikes it's really hard to accumulate miles on any particular bike. I enjoy them all equally and distribute my riding time equally. My bikes have similar mileage: lowest is just over 19,000 and the highest with just over 22,000. The harley has the most mileage because it's the only one the wife will ride on.  Bigsmile Nuff said.
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« Reply #88 on: June 30, 2014, 07:19:16 pm »

The most I have logged on a bike is 11,500 in a single season. Have not owned one long enough to go more than that since. Hope to clear that up with the next bike tho.
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« Reply #89 on: July 13, 2014, 05:42:28 pm »

The VFR has 74K. And climbing.
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« Reply #90 on: July 21, 2014, 12:38:51 pm »

I put over 160,000 miles on a '91 Suzuki Katana.  Had to do the top end twice on that.  Since then I put on 90,000 miles on a 2003 FJR then 107,000 miles on a 2006 FJR (I would still have that one but hit a deer and totaled it.)  Now I have a 2012 Super Tenere with 30,000 miles on it and a 2014 FJR that has 10,000 miles in 2 1/2 months.
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« Reply #91 on: July 21, 2014, 01:07:25 pm »

Just turned 281,000 on the FJR Sunday. Never been in the motor internally.
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« Reply #92 on: July 21, 2014, 08:10:15 pm »

Turned 75,000 miles on my 2-1/2 year old Griso 8V this weekend.
Still have quite a ways to catch up to my '00 GSXR750 that had just shy of 260,000 went I hit that damn forest rat 2-1/2 years ago.
Will an air/oil cooled V-Twin last as long as a water cooled I-4 ??
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Turned 75,000 miles on my 2-1/2 year old Griso 8V this weekend.
Still have quite a ways to catch up to my '00 GSXR750 that had just shy of 260,000 went I hit that damn forest rat 2-1/2 years ago.
Will an air/oil cooled V-Twin last as long as a water cooled I-4 ??

I think so. As long as you don't do a lot of bumper to bumper and slow in-town riding. Smile
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« Reply #94 on: July 27, 2014, 08:36:24 am »

Got back into riding 8 years ago;
Started with a new V Strom 650 which my wive pilfered after 16k KM's.  Went to the bigger Strom which had 39k KM's when I got it, I traded it at 88k for a VFR 1200 demo with 4k KM's which now has 30k.
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« Reply #95 on: July 29, 2014, 08:53:21 am »

I am now up to 62,000 on the NT700V and going strong.

Can you re-vote?
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« Reply #96 on: July 29, 2014, 09:53:23 am »


 EEK!
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The story here is that almost 20% of the people on this board have put more than 100k miles on a bike and fully 25% have put more than 90,000 miles on one.
People on this board KNOW how to travel!
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Not really.  Almost 20% of the people who responded to this poll have put more than 100k on a bike.  I would guess that there are a lot of people who don't respond to the poll because they don't ride a lot.  

Despite the %, I agree there are a lot of riders here with a lot of miles on motorcycles.  
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« Reply #97 on: July 29, 2014, 10:25:38 am »

I can never seem to keep a bike long enough to get near 100k.  Everytime I buy a new one, I think this will be the one I keep long term.  Then a new model is released Smile

Longest I've kept one was 40k.
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« Reply #98 on: September 21, 2014, 08:19:06 pm »

02 Bandit 1200S, picked it up in March of 08 with 5400 miles on and she is now sitting just over 72,000 miles.
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« Reply #99 on: January 31, 2015, 12:14:58 am »

I would love to have been in the majority of people that put over 100k on their bikes but a low-side ended that possibility on my Sprint at 46k.  I've got a brand-spanking-new N1K that I'm hoping I can break the 50k (or evn the 100k) barrier with.   Smile   Time will tell......
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« Reply #100 on: February 01, 2015, 02:23:48 am »

I'm at roughly 54,000 miles on my '07 Norge which was purchased new in '09.  This is the most I've ever put on a bike I've ridden, and there have been a few since 1964.  I suspect the Norge will go well beyond the 100K point as I love this bike.

When I get the Goldwing, or equivalent, for 2-up freeway mileage eater, the mileage accumulation rate on the Norge will probably go down somewhat, but he will still be my daily driver.

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« Reply #101 on: February 13, 2015, 12:40:16 am »

I put 90k miles on my '85 K100RS, but I would never call that bike reliable. Desperation and a good toolbox is what kept that bike running, and it was like the farmer's axe when I got rid of it.

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« Reply #102 on: February 25, 2015, 03:57:46 pm »

Sold the trusty 2005 FJR1300 last week at 69,962 miles. I'll call it 70K!
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« Reply #103 on: March 06, 2015, 08:54:21 pm »

I had a Y2K Kawi Concours that had 184k on it when it was murdered by a Ford Ranger in Oct 2013.  I bought it in Oct 2001 with 8900 on it.  Great bike and I was way disappointed to not get it to 200k.  Then there was the 2001 SV650 that I sold with 104K.  It still ran as great as when I bought it with 12k.  Both great bikes.  Now up to 58k on a 2006 Concours.
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« Reply #104 on: May 16, 2015, 07:42:58 pm »

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« Reply #105 on: May 25, 2015, 10:30:59 am »

Ha. When I voted on this, I voted 20K-30K. Now, I've got 73K+ on my current bike.  Cool

I would have more but I got a dual-sport in January, 2014 and I've been riding it a lot too.
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« Reply #106 on: June 03, 2015, 02:38:46 pm »

I've got 114K on my '06 FJR and it's still going.

I don't think I will ever catch up with MXVet's '04 FJR. I think he has over 300K now...   Smile
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I've got 114K on my '06 FJR and it's still going.

I don't think I will ever catch up with MXVet's '04 FJR. I think he has over 300K now...   Smile


I think he's the reigning high mileage birthday boy. The Gray Ghost guy in Ohio lunched his engine at 350K approx.
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« Reply #108 on: June 13, 2015, 05:46:40 pm »

Water cooled engines, advancement in technology, suspension, much better highways, radial tubeless tires.
Chains are 0,X-ringed last a long time.  
Long mileage requires lots of seat time.
FZ1 Girl has put 230,000 miles on her 2001 FZ1.  She is a school teacher, not married, and rides every summer.
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65k on my '81 Yamaha 1100 Special
31k on my current ride...'06 Kawi Z1000

Service costs and especially parts availability was the reason I parted with the Yamaha. The Kawi however runs like new, I know this as I'm the original owner and I ride everyday it's not snowing and would take it anywhere with no worries

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« Reply #111 on: July 28, 2016, 01:09:54 pm »

The 2005 Honda ST1300 I originally voted with is now approaching 140,000 km and still running strong.
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133,000 miles on my 98 VFR800. One valve adjustment at 120k. Running strong when I sold it. Used no oil between 4-6k mile oil changes. I used to be VFRCapt.Bob. Finally sold it and bought the Triumph STR and FZ1. I may buy another VFR when the time is right.
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« Reply #113 on: August 31, 2016, 12:39:51 am »

I'm at 285,000 Km's on my 2003 FJR. All mine except the first 15,000 or so. I'm just in the middle of replacing a final drive seal but it's been remarkably reliable with no major issues. I'll keep riding it until I hit 300,000 later this Fall and then may put it in the proverbial barn.

I put 146,000 Km's on my 2000 Concours but that only took 5 years. Must be slowing down.

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133,000 miles on my 98 VFR800. One valve adjustment at 120k. Running strong when I sold it. Used no oil between 4-6k mile oil changes. I used to be VFRCapt.Bob. Finally sold it and bought the Triumph STR and FZ1. I may buy another VFR when the time is right.


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You can't beat Honda reliability   Thumbsup


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Yep, raj-boy never seen a honda stator or RR fail. But then again honda makes great lawnmowers


I have seen them fail, but my lawnmower is still going strong.

Actually, I don't see that as a measure of reliability.  They are easier to replace than the oil.
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« Reply #117 on: November 19, 2017, 12:24:55 pm »


I have seen them fail, but my lawnmower is still going strong.
Actually, I don't see that as a measure of reliability.  They are easier to replace than the oil.



I had a 1984 Goldwing GL1200 - one with the infamous failure prone stators. And fail it did. Lucky ( and I use that term loosely in this context ), it failed only 3 days ride from Vancouver on my way home from Newfoundland. Could have been much worse. But even back in 1998 it was about a $1,000 repair bill because it was located inside the back end of the engine IIRC and a great deal of disassembly was required to replace it.
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« Reply #118 on: November 19, 2017, 03:03:12 pm »

Oh yeah, Honda stators. I have another one sitting here waiting to go in...pull the engine, split the case. Probably not worth it! Don't tell me about "Honda reliability ". That is an oxymoron.
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« Reply #119 on: November 19, 2017, 05:03:07 pm »

A couple of years ago, the starter on my 2003 FJR starting acting up; mostly turning over very slowly. I did a bit of Googling and found that there can be an issue with an oil seal giving out and oil getting inside the starter and gumming things up. That's exactly what happened to mine. But, did Yamaha put the starter in some nice easy place to get at ? NOOoo, of course not. The whole throttle body has to come out first along gawd knows what else. That was a several hundred dollar job by the local dealer. A $2 seal ends up costing several $Hundred.

Given the miles on my FJR, on average it has been wonderfully reliable but the designers often are the cause of unnecessarily high repair costs.
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« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2017, 08:49:04 am »

I think I've hit 30,000 a few times but I rarely keep a bike more than 6 years
They were all in great shape when I sold them, too
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« Reply #121 on: November 20, 2017, 08:54:45 am »

I didn't know about the problems with the 30 year old Hondas.  I've changed a couple of stators that were 2 screws and a wire.
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« Reply #122 on: November 20, 2017, 09:45:42 am »

Of my six Hondas, four have to have the engines removed and the case split to get to the stator.
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« Reply #123 on: January 02, 2018, 01:23:34 pm »

135k on my 1994 St1100.  Just a couple of timing belts and normal stuff.  Still miss that bike!!
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« Reply #124 on: March 23, 2020, 10:53:12 am »

I've owned eight bikes (all BMWs), four of which I've logged over 100k miles on.

1977 BMW R100/7 - 172k
1994 BMW R1100RS - 159k
2005 BMW R1200RT - 129k
1984 BMW R100RS - 113k
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« Reply #125 on: March 23, 2020, 12:15:53 pm »

Honda Mini Trail 50 (lots of hours not lots of miles)
Suzuki 350T (who knows? i rode the stink out of it but don't remember ODO stuff)
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