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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: Bike Mileage. Does it matter?
« Last post by Sweeper on December 14, 2019, 08:38:00 PM »
Highest mileage bike I ever owner was a K75 that had north of 75k on it. I sold it rather than spending nearly half it’s value for a driveshaft service.
My VFR800 has 26k now and will most likely be my last big bike. They are know to last several hundred thousand miles so I’m not worried.


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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: Bike Mileage. Does it matter?
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on December 14, 2019, 03:44:29 PM »
So my BMW has been very dependable. 75,000 miles and only one major problem. That was the ABS pump going out. It’s not horrible to get to. It cost about $350 to have rebuilt. It has had one heated grip replaced and the other is out now.
Other than that its been service and tires.

The Ducati has “well” been an early 2000s Ducati. It’s had several problem most resulting in it not running. Though none have actually been major problems. I haven’t figured out the current problem. Actually I haven’t looked for it. It is due a valve adjustment which is a major undertaking.

As for purchasing a bike mileage is a factor, but not a major one.
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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: Bike Mileage. Does it matter?
« Last post by klaviator on December 14, 2019, 02:54:32 PM »
So how big a role does mileage play when you’re purchasing a bike?

All but one of the bikes I have bought were new or fairly low mileage.  I did buy a Suzuki GS550E with 35,000 miles on it but I didn't pay much for it. 
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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: Bike Mileage. Does it matter?
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on December 14, 2019, 02:40:53 PM »
So how big a role does mileage play when you’re purchasing a bike?
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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: Bike Mileage. Does it matter?
« Last post by norton73 on December 14, 2019, 02:18:19 PM »





My 1992 R100GS

Showing 18,929 today.

Had a rough life,

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Street Rides / Re: End of the year ride.
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on December 14, 2019, 01:19:41 PM »
I could do the 31st if it isn't too far.  I think there will be a bigger turnout if it's on the weekend.  I'd prefer Saturday over Sunday. 

Regardless of when this is scheduled I'm going to try to get out and ride on the 31st and the 1st.



I may ride Saturday for the official ride. May come meet you for a little while on the 31st.
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Street Rides / Re: End of the year ride.
« Last post by klaviator on December 14, 2019, 11:22:42 AM »
I could do the 31st if it isn't too far.  I think there will be a bigger turnout if it's on the weekend.  I'd prefer Saturday over Sunday. 

Regardless of when this is scheduled I'm going to try to get out and ride on the 31st and the 1st.

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Open Discussion about Motorcycles / Re: What does it really cost to operate a bike?
« Last post by klaviator on December 14, 2019, 10:36:51 AM »
Nice thread Klaviator.
I haven’t sat down and figured mine up but I figure my results may be the opposite of yours. Primary reason being that I drive expensive operate diesel trucks because of my lawncare business and I do all my own service on my bikes. I do tend to keep bikes and trucks a long time though.

Thanks for posting this. If I can find time I will figure up my cost to operate.

It's not that hard to come up with an approximate cost.

Gas is easy.  If you get 40 MPG then it will be  around 6 cents per mile.

Tire cost.  Take the cost of the tires + mounting if you don't do it yourself and divide by how many miles those tires cost.

Depreciation.  Take what you paid for the bike - what it's worth now and divide by number of miles.  If you currently own the bike you can estimate how many miles you will ride it and what it will be worth when you sell it.

Maintenance costs.  I pretty much guessed on this because I didn't keep accurate records of the costs even though I do log all the servicing I do. 

Insurance, tag and Ad Velorum taxes are paid by the year not the mile so I consider those ownership costs, not operating costs.  Whether you ride one mile or 100,000 those costs will stay the same.

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Street Rides / Re: End of the year ride.
« Last post by Sweeper on December 14, 2019, 10:09:45 AM »
My girls will be traveling which means I'll be free. 8)  I'll keep an eye out for whatever happens.
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Motorcycling News / Re: Electric ADV bike?
« Last post by LawnmowerRG on December 14, 2019, 10:01:46 AM »
This is interesting. I think the performance numbers are good other than the range. I have almost run out of gas on my GS several times and it has about a 225 mile of ridden easy. There was not a charge if station anywhere close to where I ended up any of those times.

The range will drop drastically if you run the lights and things like heated grips. Also if you get anywhere close tot he top speed of 102.

I didn’t see anything about the suspension but I imagine it’s acceptable if not loaded heavy or ridden hard. 
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