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Old 03-19-2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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high mileage road warriors

The recent thread about maintenance costs got me wondering.
How many high mileage bikes are really out there?
I've heard of 200000 mile Valkyries and Wings, and older BMW's. Actually saw a 2003 Wing (in 2010) with 203,000 miles on it.
These miles attained with zero engine work and rarely even a clutch.
So what about other makes, Triumph, Guzzi, HD, and ?, are getting ridden near that much?
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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My Aprilia Tuono is approaching 100K miles.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:37 AM   #3
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Here's a guy who did a legit million miles on his HD. Seems pretty high miles.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/46024032.html
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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Cool idea for a thread. I know of many Honda Nighthawk 750's with over 100k. I'm hoping to make it with mine.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
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Just read in Cycle World that Jimmy Lewis has 100k + on his KTM 950 adventure. Im sure he pounded it every inch of the way also.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:09 AM   #6
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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I have had 2 concours, `99& `06 with a combined total of 250K, both had about 125K on them when traded.
Other than oil & tires I bought 1 battery and 2 speedo cables.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #8
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Here's a guy who did a legit million miles on his HD. Seems pretty high miles.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/46024032.html





I saw this a while back.
Only overhauled or refubished the engine 9 times plus 2 new engines.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:05 PM   #9
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I read the article posted about the million mile Harley. The chassis has a million miles on it, but the motor itself has been replaced several times. A cool feat no doubt but what I like to see is the motorcycles that haven't had an engine opened.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
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I read the article posted about the million mile Harley. The chassis has a million miles on it, but the motor itself has been replaced several times. A cool feat no doubt but what I like to see is the motorcycles that haven't had an engine opened.
Exactly, I can replace shit all day to reach any mileage goal...lol.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:12 PM   #11
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When I owned my Concours (2000), there were any number of Owner's Group guys who had 150,000 mi. + bikes where the head had never been off. I remember one Canadian who had 350,000 + Kms who finally had to do his valves, but the big end was fine. I rode with a member down in Md. who had bought a new inst. cluster after a crash. When I met him he had 175,000 mi on the new one, not counting the 50,000 + on the old one. These guys had done some work, water pumps, shocks,brakes & such, after the first 100,000, but that old motor just kept on trucking.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:22 PM   #12
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Exactly, I can replace shit all day to reach any mileage goal...lol.

Show me another one...That's 50,000 miles a year for 20 years. You will be excited when you get 50,000 total on a bike.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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high mileage road warriors

I try to find BMW K bikes with low miles and then run them over 100,000 miles. The BMW I have now has 128,000 +. 18 year old K bike. Plan on riding it until I see a good deal on craigslist or going for 200,000 miles.

Averaging over 18,000 miles per year in the tunrda of Minnesota.

I do most of the work on these machines. Some have told me I should change brands. Can't. I KNOW too much on how to fix K bikes.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #14
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I saw this a while back.
Only overhauled or refubished the engine 9 times plus 2 new engines.
True dat. Still impressive to rack up more than 50,000 a year in 18 years straight. Heck, if I were riding that much I'd give the engine a refurb every other winter just for piece of mind.

And can buy a new replacement engine for $2500 right out of the factory..Prob. something I'd do as well every 400,000 miles or so, if I were crazy enough to ride that much.

Plus, the dude's from Wisconsin. It snows a lot there.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #15
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my wife has a little yam xt250 and its used every day to go to work and its got over 90,000ks on it and it still starts first time every time,ive only had to replace tyres,pads etc

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