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Old 06-01-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Does mileage matter to you?

When looking for a bike I was told that mileage doesn't matter if the owner has taken care and services the bike at it should be. I agree 100%, but my natural instinct says Otherwise, everytime I see a high mileage bike. So, what are your thoughts on a high mileage bike and just any used bike?
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do your homework to check for any common problems, IE kawi 636 2nd gear problem. early daytona sprag clutches...ect. Check for anything that you feel would give away a mistreated bike. Dirty/rusty chain, leaking fork seals. Spliced/untidy wiring, bald tires. All these are indicators of an abused bike.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Just remember buying anything used is a gamble, just use common sense and if it doesnt feel right walk away.
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know a guy with over 200K on his f4i... that being said it is in better condition than most bike with 20K... maintenance is the key factor.

owner and a few thousand miles later and the bike can already be on its way out...
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:32 PM   #5
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know a guy with over 200K on his f4i... that being said it is in better condition than most bike with 20K... maintenance is the key factor.

owner and a few thousand miles later and the bike can already be on its way out...
200k miles! , that's better than most cars!
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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know a guy with over 200K on his f4i... that being said it is in better condition than most bike with 20K... maintenance is the key factor. owner and a few thousand miles later and the bike can already be on its way out...
very true my 06 Busa has 42,600 on original motor maintenance is a big factor. Good luck on finding what your looking for
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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In the "old days" I always told that if a sportbike had over 15K, it was pretty much worthless.

Since then, I have bought and/or owned a VFR800 with 60K miles, a Triumph Tiger with 60K plus miles, countless others with over 20K.

If they are cared for and there are records, it's not an issue. The exception is a particular model with a very specific weakness...then you may want to consider mileage.

What were you looking at in particular?
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Best thing to do is find someone who knows what they are looking at to look at the bike for you or find a shop that will do it for you like Moto unlimited on 1960 they have done it for me. Any person that is selling a bike and wont let some one trained look at it knows something is wrong and is trying to hide it. Rule of thumb trust none when money is involved.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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Just looking for a 250; I was aware of the Motorcycles Unlimited for awesome cycles. However, I doubt he would bring his bike all the way there. I can find many 250's near by.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:47 AM   #10
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Miles only matter to me if what you are buying is a collectible item. Otherwise the most important is service records.

I converted my MV Brutale to track only and that bike has never been better since then. Had all kinds of problems when I rode it street as I was only starting/using the bike once every other month. Now that I ride her very often and properly (the way it was meant to be ridden) it rides great.

So bottom line, dont even be affraid to buy a bike that has been tracked. I constantly see those ad's that state "never been traked or raced" and that does not mean that bike runs well.
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Just looking for a 250; I was aware of the Motorcycles Unlimited for awesome cycles. However, I doubt he would bring his bike all the way there. I can find many 250's near by.
There was a really nice 2007 250 at Motorcycles Unlimited for sell a few days ago. less than 4000 miles, nice paint, great price...

Looks really nice in my garage beside my SV... apparently runs better too
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:43 AM   #12
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Maintenance IS more important than mileage... but I don't trust anyone, so I place mileage as most important.... more than year too.
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I believe it very important important but should not be the only factor in your considerations. It only tells you part of the story. A well maintained bike with higher mileage will trump a neglected lower mileage bike. That said, it would be wise to use that during pricing negotiations.

Anyone convincing you to completely disregard mileage is foolish (whether low or high). It is a useful indicator.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:48 AM   #14
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I wont buy a high mileage sportbike, but thats just my opinion. There is no way to really know if the owner took care of it beyond their word, and thats reason enough for me not to take the risk.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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Well I have the VIN# now, but the bike is somewhere on westheimer and I would like to get it looked at by Motorcycles Unlimited. It's a little ways for him to meet there. I don't know much about inspecting bikes, which is why I am in a bind here. I am halfway there though.

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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I've been worrying about just that, i've just rolled 20,000 miles on my K8 gsxr750. I'm going to upgrade to a gsxr1000, next year. So obviously I'll be adding more miles this year. The bike has had regular maintenance, and oil changes ever 5000 miles. Hopefully I have no issues in selling it.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #17
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I have close to 35k on my Gsxr original chain sprockets , clutch and engine
oil changes breaks clean and lube the chain. I can honestly say my bike is in better shape then some bikes I have seen with less the 10k on them. With that being said. I would not hesitate to buy a bike from myself but I would not buy some of the bikes I've seen with 10k.

It's probably a better a Better idea to buy a bike with more miles cuz u know it's been kept up with ( maybe )

So you are gambling when you buy a used bike. Once you buy one do a complete maintance on it oils fluids ( break ,cooling ) plugs clean clean lube chain or replace them .

And good luck .
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depends on the bike. I had well over 60k miles on my Bandit 1200, and am pushing 73k on my Venture. I wouldn't buy a GSXR 600 with 40k miles on it, but that's just me. My general opinion is that assuming it hasn't been abused, the larger the engine, the more miles it will be able to handle. I know this isn't universally true, and like others have said, proper maintenance is more important than mileage.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:23 PM   #19
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I buy used from motorcycle dealers since I don't know squat. I figure they have a reputation to maintain and are less likely to screw me. Their commission is the pay for my ignorance.

I treat my bikes like my babies. I want them to be happy.
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