Originally Posted by HanShotFirst
I do find it weird that you see a lot of very high mileage Harley's and BMW's but only a smattering of high mileage Japanese bikes. The only thing that I can figure is that people tend to buy Japanese bikes as their first bike and then graduate to Harley's and Bimmers. So the Japanese bike stay with the less experienced riders, and thus are crashed and totaled before they ever get the chance to become senior citizens.
No, it's just that owners of Japanese bikes don't get as emotionally attached, they are the sort of people who made a sensible choice in the first place after all.
DL 650, cost around 10k new (local price) put 120,000k's on it, started to burn oil, had been trouble free, didn't owe me anything. I sold it and brought a new one.
Over the time I had it, a BMW would have cost me at least 3x as much. I probably could have kept the DL running another couple of 100,000k's, but, basically no need to. No emotional attachements, and I prefer a hassle free ride.