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Remo
10-06-2010, 11:03 PM
This could be the start of a battle but I just figured I would ask for some opinions here.
As I stated in my introduction, I currently ride a 2000 Yamaha R1. My bike has about 22,800 miles on it currently. I hear different opinions all the time about bikes with over 20k on them. Some people consider anything with over 20,000 miles on it high mileage for a motorcycle, others say that's barely anything and the bike is just getting broken in :confused:. So I guess what I am looking to find out is what do you all consider to be high mileage for a sportbike?

dogbreath
10-06-2010, 11:08 PM
If it still works as intended then what is the problem?

Bob
10-06-2010, 11:12 PM
Isn't the first valve adjustment recommendation on those motors at like 28,000? I know my FZ1 is around that and the motors are similar. As long as it is taken care of it'll run for a long time. Not really sure why people think bikes only last like 20K and are garbage. Look at some of the touring bikes and how many miles end up on those. Also it's not uncommon to see FZ1's on the FZ1 sites with over 100,000 on the clock.

dogbreath
10-07-2010, 01:24 AM
Isn't the first valve adjustment recommendation on those motors at like 28,000? I know my FZ1 is around that and the motors are similar. As long as it is taken care of it'll run for a long time. Not really sure why people think bikes only last like 20K and are garbage. Look at some of the touring bikes and how many miles end up on those. Also it's not uncommon to see FZ1's on the FZ1 sites with over 100,000 on the clock.

A bike will last as long as its owner loves it.

Thruxtonbill
10-07-2010, 06:09 AM
As Bob said, the motor in your bike has been documented with well over a 100,000 miles.

telecast
10-07-2010, 08:37 AM
Not really sure why people think bikes only last like 20K and are garbage.

It's because that's what most people have come to expect. Most bikes don't get a lot of miles around here being as we have about 6-7 months of decent weather. A lot of people only take them out a few times a year. Very few ride all year. Since most bikes do have low miles, it's become the norm. And since it's pretty easy to find a bike with low miles, high mileage bikes are frowned on.

BTW, Kelley Bluebook says average mileage for a 2001 R1 (that's as far back as they go) is 31,900.

Mudpuppy
10-07-2010, 12:23 PM
Headlight from Redline just sold his 2001 R1 with 65,000 miles on it for $2,500.

Remo
10-07-2010, 06:56 PM
Yea, so far the bike really hasn't given me any good reason to complain about it (knock on wood), to be honest it still runs just like it did when I bought it. I even still run into people every once and a while at the gas station or in parking lots who think it is a new bike. With all my buddies on later model, fuel injected bike's it seems tempting to trade up for something newer but my bike has a few advantages (no payments, cheaper insurance, can find parts for it on clearance tables at just about any Yamaha dealership).

Have been looking and some 2006 R1 SE's and Ravens but just might end up holding on to this one for now.

junkyardjon
10-07-2010, 07:32 PM
just keep it and ride the hell out of it. as stated above, most bike owners don't ride much. i know a guy that rides MAYBE 1000 miles a year and he thinks that is alot of miles ahahahahahahaha.

Gas Man
10-07-2010, 11:34 PM
That aint shit. I will have 16k on my 09 ultra by year end. Don't sweat it. Ride dat bietch!
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I wouldn't get rid of it unless you blow it up or want to change styles. That's an honest to good bike.

Further, I know a guy that has almost 200k on his Honda F4i.

Mudpuppy
10-08-2010, 01:03 PM
i have 23,000 on my r6 and still running strong.. i use amsoil so i think that helps..

i would say rule of thumb for a bike is 1 mile on a bike is equal to 2 miles on a car..

so IMO 50,000 miles + would be "a lot of miles" on a bike.. equal to a car with 100,000 miles.. not saying it's the end of it's life just that it's is definitely "broke in" by then..

Gas Man
10-08-2010, 11:18 PM
I've never heard the 1mile = 2 mile but it sounds about right.

Icemann
10-11-2010, 08:11 PM
I don't really think its the milage but more of how they were put on. How the bike was ridden and treated would be a bigger concern to me. A well maintained bike can get 6 digit milage with no problems. However if all it was used for was hole shots, burn outs and racing from light to light your gonna get more wear and tear.