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Old 08-09-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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How much is too much

How many miles is too many for a used bike?

I see plenty of bikes for sale on CL and here

Average seems to be around 9,000 - 14,000 miles..
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:00 PM   #2
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I have asked that same question and the general answer is miles don't really matter as long as it was maintained properly but I'm not sure how true that is

since miles do matter on resale value
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:02 PM   #3
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i wouldnt be bothered by anything under 20k.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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Someone's already asked this. General consensus was: if you take care of the maintenance they will last forever. But how do I know if its been taken care of? (Insert list of things to check here.) And "take it to Motorcycles Unlimited and let them check it out."
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I just want personal opinion on if you personally are looking at a bike and see XX, miles, you will instantly say no thank you.. no matter if it was maintained meticulously
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Depends on the bike. I wouldn't have a problem with a VFR with 50k miles on it. But an inline 4 i wouldn't buy with over 20k miles. But that is my comfort zone. To each their own.
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price to mileage.

I wouldnt mind picking up a bike w 20/40/60k on it so long as the price is equivalent to what I may need to do for maintenance, engine etc. If engines are readily available that's a plus.

Most dont ride very much and end up selling their bikes prematurely; then there's those of us that destroy bikes "by mileage" lol
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i wouldnt be bothered by anything under 20k.
This.. and agree with all the maintenance comments. If they have the proof to back it up then go for it. Just know that some things have prob never been serviced (ex: fork/shock oil) just get the bike cheap and get it done.

FWIW my bike is at 13k and I beat the out of it on the track with no probs. All in how well you take care of it.
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@ op what year are you looking at?
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:22 PM   #10
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I usually just try to save up enough to buy one with super low miles (under 5k) because a lot of sport bike riders totally thrash the bikes within an inch of their life. Two months later your cheap $3,000 bike becomes a $6,000 bike due to needed repairs. When for $6,000 you could have gotten a ZX6R with 750 miles on it and be worry free for years. You just never know if the person is an idiot and is slamming down the front after wheelies or hitting rev limiter at every stop light. But that is just me.
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2005-2007 sv650

one has 20k and is like 2900

one has 9k and is like 3900

the other has 14k and is 4000 but has gsxr forks and a properly set up suspension but has a track rear bodywork that I would want to change and a few others things but has some of the more expensive taken care of.
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http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1888934061.html 20k miles

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/1886384470.html -8k

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/1851789559.html 14k
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i think you need to take it bike for bike.
just cuz a bike has less miles does not mean its going to be in better shape internally. some people really do well at keeping up with reg. maint. and you need to consider that.
id rather have a bike with 30K on it that had good maint, than one with 10K and poor maint.
for example, i know a guy that has a cbr f4 with well over 100K miles and his daily has 400K i think.
preventative maint. works!
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Seems a bit steep for an SV no matter what the mileage. For 4gs you can pick up a nice sv1000
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I say neither of them. Two of them have too many miles and one has been down 3 times. If you just be patient you can usually find an 05-06 with 5k miles and never downed for like $3,000.
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Like others posted, mileage for the most part wont matter, just how it was maintained.

50 to 100 k isnt unreasonable at all today. The bikes can handle it. Problem is, most bikes are crashed/trashed WAY before that mark.
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I usually just try to save up enough to buy one with super low miles (under 5k) because a lot of sport bike riders totally thrash the bikes within an inch of their life. Two months later your cheap $3,000 bike becomes a $6,000 bike due to needed repairs. When for $6,000 you could have gotten a ZX6R with 750 miles on it and be worry free for years. You just never know if the person is an idiot and is slamming down the front after wheelies or hitting rev limiter at every stop light. But that is just me.
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Like others posted, mileage for the most part wont matter, just how it was maintained.

50 to 100 k isnt unreasonable at all today. The bikes can handle it. Problem is, most bikes are crashed/trashed WAY before that mark.

Very good points.
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I typically sell my bikes before they hit 15k, not because I think they're anywhere near the end of their life but because I've found I can get more money out of them. Bikes are a dime a dozen down here, so i'll pick up another and do the same witth it.
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I treat mine like a baby. I've redlined it only a handful of times and most of it's life has been spent commuting.
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