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Old 04-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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How many miles is too many miles

How many miles is too many miles on a used cruiser? I know it's a broad question, but many of the used cruisers I've seen (all brands) have 20K+ miles on the clock and I'm little sceptical as to longevity at that point?
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i have seen sports bike with over 60k on the clock and they still run pretty strong, not sure about cruisers.
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Phttt...I own only a few bikes with less than 60,000 on them and none have ever been in the shop for repairs. One I bought new in 1992 is still running great.

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That's all... far better than I expected

Thanks for the help
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My SV has over 65k miles, and IndyRC's RC51 has over 108,000! Beat that.

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:52 PM   #7
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Many Hondas run for over 100k quite often with proper maintenance. However i dont think I've heard of an HD going that long without at least a rebuild at some point.
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it ALL depends on up keep. if the previous owner was religious about maintenance then mileage isn't such a big deal.
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My recently purchased used zx10r has 38k and it runs like a champ...cant say the same for the fork seals though....
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79,384 miles. that's too many.
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Seems like cruisers would have longer lives. They don't spend time up in the higher rpm ranges, like sport bikes. They also aren't tuned on the edge for max power.

I wouldn't think twice about 20k on a cruiser. I would think tht is more like 10k on a sport bike. It's nothing.
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I can only speak from personal experience but hondas last quite a while. Hpd had some goldwings that retired with over 200k on the odometer. Harleys dont seem to fare as well. After about 80k they all start to sound like a box of rocks. But these bikes are pretty ragged out by that time even with the best maintenance. My 2012 road king is at 63k and still doing well although its coming up for retirement soon. I wouldnt be concerned about a high mileage japanese bike if it has received proper maintenance.
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I can only speak from personal experience but hondas last quite a while. Hpd had some goldwings that retired with over 200k on the odometer. Harleys dont seem to fare as well. After about 80k they all start to sound like a box of rocks. But these bikes are pretty ragged out by that time even with the best maintenance. My 2012 road king is at 63k and still doing well although its coming up for retirement soon. I wouldnt be concerned about a high mileage japanese bike if it has received proper maintenance.

You have 2012 road king with 63k? Man you must be doing some serious riding!
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I do more miles escorting than riding on duty but it is a lot of time in the saddle. After a year its usually time to get another one.
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Seems like cruisers would have longer lives. They don't spend time up in the higher rpm ranges, like sport bikes. They also aren't tuned on the edge for max power.

I wouldn't think twice about 20k on a cruiser. I would think tht is more like 10k on a sport bike. It's nothing.
i've seen 20k mi cruisers that were trashed. a lot can go wrong on anything with wheels in 20k miles. now 20k on a properly maintained motorcycle(of any type) is another story.

this is a repost but still relevant
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Over 100k on an rc? I've got some catching up to do
Yesterday he said it's about 108,000.
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Yesterday he said it's about 108,000.
The fact that he has put most, if not all, of those miles on the bike say's a lot about him.
I've had a few bikes, and my RC was hands down the most miserable one 2 ride. After about 300 miles I wanted to park it and walk home......and it never got any better.

It was however a great track bike.
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i've seen 20k mi cruisers that were trashed. a lot can go wrong on anything with wheels in 20k miles. now 20k on a properly maintained motorcycle(of any type) is another story.

this is a repost but still relevant
That was my first time watching that, an awesome video.
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