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Old 05-30-2014, 08:53 AM   #1
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is 16,000 miles alot?

looking at a 2008 vulcan 500, most of them have a few hundred miles on them, a couple around 4000 miles. I found one that has 16,000 miles on it - which by comparison seems like a ton of miles. should I be concerned about the mileage? how many miles can you expect to get out of bike - 100,000 like a car?
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as a vulcan owner myself i have like 85000 on my vulcan 750 i dont know the exact number my speedo stopped at 45000
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if you are mechanically inclined that many miles is not a problem. vulcans are extremely simple well designed bikes. they have stator issues so if the power is not looking strong be aware of that.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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I think it's funny that people still think that 100k is when a car is "done."

16k miles is nothing for any motorcycle that's been maintained at all.
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16k is fine. I need to see pics of the atvs in your sig, what a collection! Lt500r hnnnnng
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #6
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Met a guy from Canada when I was riding in Arkansas. He was on a Vulcan 900 I think, and he had 310,000km on it, about 192,000 miles.
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Keep maintaining it and you'll get bored of it before it breaks.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:09 AM   #8
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I've had a bunch of high mileage bikes (for what most people consider "high" anyway)... '98 bandit 1200 with over 80k, engine's still running in a Katana frame somewhere here on MH, '87 Yamaha Venture over 100k, '86 Venture with a side car about to hit 82k...

Kind of just depends on the bike. For one thing, if it's a fairly new bike with that many miles, at least you know it's been ridden and not just left sitting neglected.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:20 AM   #9
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I would like to know where this mis-conception comes from about "higher mileage " bikes. I mean its not the 60's and 70's anymore. Manufacturing and engineering is at a level now that a high rpm/ high mileage/ reliable engines are not a concern anymore. Well unless the oil pump craps out or something.

If people followed the recommended service procedures they will be bored with the bike and want something new before any major issues arise.
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I would like to know where this mis-conception comes from about "higher mileage " bikes. . .
I'd guess because the majority of riders, at least in this little part of the world known as motohouston, ride sport bikes, and most are totaled before they see true mechanical failure, or are ridden to failure in some combination of questionable maintenance and extreme riding circumstances such as frequent hard track riding, stunting, burnouts, etc.

If I were to quote numbers I'd just be making them up, but I bet it's safe to say that about 80% or more super sports end their usable life in a crash. That makes it much less likely to ever see one with high mileage.

Another factor that probably contributes to this is the type of riding done. In a long weekend I'll put 1,500-2,000 miles on my touring bike. Not many people are willing to do that kind of riding on a sport bike, thus they end up with lower mileage for their age. Look around for used Goldwings... it's not unusual to see one 5 years old with 50k miles or more. I'm putting closer to 14k-15k per year on mine, and my main bike is 26 years old.

One last thing I'll throw out there is depreciation vs. cost of repair. Just for example, there are certain bikes notorious for losing 2nd gear. If you can't do the work yourself, it's likely you'll pay a shop nearly as much to repair your transmission on your 10 year old bike as it would cost you to just buy another one in working order, therefore the bike gets scrapped more times than not. In the case of my Bandit, I was just tired of the bike, but it was worth more parted out than if I sold it whole, therefore, it was essentially scrapped. Didn't cease being a bike because of damage or mechanical failure, but rather economics.
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16k is fine. I need to see pics of the atvs in your sig, what a collection! Lt500r hnnnnng
ha, well it only let me put 5 on there, have a few more than that. just got another 250r delivered from CA last night

and here is a zilla motor in a aftermarket framed 250 quad
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ha, well it only let me put 5 on there, have a few more than that. just got another 250r delivered from CA last night

and here is a zilla motor in a aftermarket framed 250 quad
I dated the ugly girl in jr high because her mom bought her a quadracer 250r. good times, thanks for the pics!
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