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Old 04-02-2006, 02:41 PM   #1
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What's considered high mileage for a street bike?

Ive been looking into getting a bike lately, mainly because my buddy just bought a new Buell and can't stop talking about how fun it is. Im looking at used Yamaha R6's...I've found some year 2000's with around 12,000 miles...Some 03's with around 7,000 miles...My buddy is telling me he would never buy a bike with that many miles..Anyone here ride a bike and have any info on this? What exactly is considered high mileage on a street bike?
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:44 PM   #2
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high mileage could be just commuter miles, and id rather have 5000 miles of freeway riding than 1000 miles of track riding.
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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i sold my 1 year old CBR ith 3400 miles on it..

my buddy as 12k and his is now 2 years old. we both bought at the same time..

he rides ALL the time on the freeway and such, but i guess to *me* anything over 15k is meh and over 30k is high milage

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Old 04-02-2006, 03:50 PM   #4
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i know a guy with a goldwing that has well over 200k on it. it's funny though because he has stickers on it from every state, and has done nothing to it outside of routine maintenance...but afterall, it is a honda
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:57 PM   #5
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The newer it is + the higher the mileage = the more likely it's a commuter bike.

Now on the other hand, if it was a 2003 with only say 1500 miles, a large portion might have been track miles.
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:53 PM   #6
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i have a '93 katana 750 w/ 26k lol
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:18 AM   #7
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those mileages are no big deal. you can probably find lower mileages because most riders are leisure/weekend/fair-weather riders, but bikes are sturdy.

and here's my generic response to all first-time riders:

1. take riding seriously-- as if your life depended on it.
2. take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class.
3. listen to the advice of experienced riders [ridden 10-20 years]. they're trying to help you avoid the same mistakes they made/survived.

here are some links:
open letter to new riders
new rider forum @ sportbikes.net
new rider forum @ sportbikes.com

those forums should be able to answer your questions much, much better than a car board. get on those forums and learn everything you can. start asking the right people for advice.

good luck.

also here is a personal account of how motorcycling can impact your life and the ones who love you: Adrian Crook's Bike Story
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Old 04-03-2006, 11:29 AM   #8
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Seriously read those articles RIDE posted.. He posted them in a thread I made last week They are Very informative
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:38 AM   #9
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Mileage is relative

I have 23,000 miles on my 1982 Kawasaki GPz550. It is an old bike, but 23k doesn't seem like a lot of miles because it still runs like new. I don't ride it a lot these days. In fact, I probably have put more miles on my bicycle (an early 80's Peugeot ten speed) in the last 20 years than I have put on the GPz! So I guess that high mileage is relative.

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Bringing back an old thread but I have 17000 on my GSXR 1000 K6 and it runs like new as well.
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I averaged about 5-7k per year with a riding season from about mid April to mid October.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:39 AM   #12
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Bringing back an old thread but I have 17000 on my GSXR 1000 K6 and it runs like new as well.
I'm pretty sure OP is dead by now
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #13
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I had a F2 CBR600 with 40k on it, it had the carb rebuilt and jetted and ran like a top.

I think it all depends
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:41 AM   #14
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**** my 02 R1 had 40k on it when i sold it

i put about 6k of that in one season, the rest is from the PO
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