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Old 07-17-2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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Clocking bike odometers?

I bought my first bike 1.5 years ago and I've already ridden 10K miles.
But every time I see a 5 year old bike for sale it usually has only 4K on it.
Do people really ride their bikes so little (if so, why?), or are the odometers clocked on them?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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I bought my first bike 1.5 years ago and I've already ridden 10K miles.
But every time I see a 5 year old bike for sale it usually has only 4K on it.
Do people really ride their bikes so little (if so, why?), or are the odometers clocked on them?
1.5 years and you only have 10k?
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:24 AM   #3
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I bought my first bike 1.5 years ago and I've already ridden 10K miles.
But every time I see a 5 year old bike for sale it usually has only 4K on it.
Do people really ride their bikes so little (if so, why?), or are the odometers clocked on them?
Do you mean "rolled back"?
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:52 AM   #5
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Yes, lots of people buy bikes & only ride betwee 60 & 80 degrees, with zero chance of rain, for 2 or 3hrs on 2 weekends a month.
...or, they quit riding, but hold onto bike forb awhile.
... Or buy a used bike, & never really start riding.

.... Or anywhere between. Makes for a great buyers market, but a sellers market for my 20k mile a year habit.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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Yes, lots of people buy bikes & only ride betwee 60 & 80 degrees, with zero chance of rain, for 2 or 3hrs on 2 weekends a month.
...or, they quit riding, but hold onto bike forb awhile.
... Or buy a used bike, & never really start riding.

.... Or anywhere between. Makes for a great buyers market, but a sellers market for my 20k mile a year habit.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:07 AM   #8
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I bought my first bike 1.5 years ago and I've already ridden 10K miles.
But every time I see a 5 year old bike for sale it usually has only 4K on it.
Do people really ride their bikes so little (if so, why?), or are the odometers clocked on them?

My 2002 had less than 2k miles last year. I could definitely believe it.

Sitting at 16k right now.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:34 AM   #9
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impulse purchase - then they actually ride it and for some reason get scared of Houston traffic, as hard to imagine as that is, and they park the bike and rarely ride it again.

Their loss, our gain.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #10
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Yes, lots of people buy bikes & only ride betwee 60 & 80 degrees, with zero chance of rain, for 2 or 3hrs on 2 weekends a month.
...or, they quit riding, but hold onto bike forb awhile.
... Or buy a used bike, & never really start riding.

.... Or anywhere between. Makes for a great buyers market, but a sellers market for my 20k mile a year habit.
we get your point.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:25 AM   #12
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I've got 3 bikes and just bought a 4th one. Track bunny only saw 1 track day so far, and I've ridden the ape less than 1k miles in roughly 1yr since I bought it.

It's not how much I ride that matters, but that they are there ready to ride when I am.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:28 AM   #13
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It is pretty easy to change out the odometer with a lower mileage one from Ebay though
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:55 AM   #14
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Some bikes, like Aprilia, has immobilizer system built into the gauge cluster, so replacements need to be programmed by the dealer, or your bike won't work.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:43 AM   #15
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Some bikes, like Aprilia, has immobilizer system built into the gauge cluster, so replacements need to be programmed by the dealer, or your bike won't work.
I hope it's the same deal with honda.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:36 AM   #16
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I bought my 03 ZX12R with 3113 miles 2 years ago and it has 6198 miles on it now. and I have a 03 ZZR 12 with 8,000 miles on It I am not home alot and dont have time to ride when I am home.
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Not everyone gets their money out of their bike. I believe in buying a bike to ride not to ride for alittl while then sell because there is a new version. I have over 50,000 miles on mine and atill running.
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I bought my bike in 7/2010 with 5600 miles on it. It has 6500 now. I'm not going to ride to nowhere sweating my nuts off folded in half on some cramped sportbike just so I can swing the e- of riding a lot of miles. Its all about quality miles, and I get those at the track.
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I bought my bike in 7/2010 with 5600 miles on it. It has 6500 now. I'm not going to ride to nowhere sweating my nuts off folded in half on some cramped sportbike just so I can swing the e- of riding a lot of miles. Its all about quality miles, and I get those at the track.
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