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post #1 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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What is the most miles on any bike you have ever seen.

I've seen threads on here recently where people seem to worry about milage they will be able to get out of their Strom. I personally think most bikes will do over 100k if well taken care of. They seem to be made better than most cars IMO. Plus we take better care of our bikes than our cars normally.

I have see 1 BMW with 75k, and an other BMW with 100k.

But the most miles on a bike, and I even got to ride this bike, was a 89 Goldwing. 5 years ago was the last time I saw it, it had 189000 miles.

When I owned a St1100, there were may folks who had over 100k, and mine even had 45k and ran PERFECT.

Not that this matters much, but I read some where that the DL1k has forged pistons, which means to me, Suzuki was commited to the DL lasting a long time.
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For groups, I've seen the Norcal BMW club parking rows of show room clean Bmers, all with 45K on up mileage. As a group, they really run the mileage up.
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One of my previous bikes was a 1986 Kawasaki Concours. In the "Riders of Kawasaki" magazine, there are normally reports of the Concours going 175,000 and more. Just a very dependable design.

Mine had 140,000 plus miles on it, nothing more than routine maintenance!

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post #4 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 10:22 AM
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My brother has a BMW Paris Dakar from the early 90's with just under 130,000 miles on it.
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post #5 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 10:31 AM
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bmw airhead 400K miles plus....very very ugly it was
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post #6 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 10:37 AM
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It was a BMW with 60,000 miles that ran like a top. That was in 1971. Bikes didn't go that kind of mileage back then. I think BMW owners are still paying for the reputation today.

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post #7 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 11:39 AM
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I met an older gentleman about 5 or 6 years ago, then again a couple more times, I hear he died a year or so ago.

first time I met him he had over 675k on his 1973 BMW the last time I saw him he had close to 750k, he had consistenly put 30,000 miles/year on his bike since he bought it new

my 99SV650 has a measley 135,000 in comparison

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post #8 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 11:46 AM
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I know a guy with a 1985 Goldwing with 300K.It still runs good but doesn't look that great.
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post #9 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 12:46 PM
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A local guy in the Concours Owners Group has just over 200K on his '98 Connie (maybe it's a 95, can't remember). Bike looks and runs like it's brand new.

It's all about the care, take care of 'em and they'll go forever.

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post #10 of 28 Old 07-18-2007, 01:32 PM
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A guy here at work has an '84 Goldwing that he rides everyday with over 220K miles on it. All with just routing maintainance.

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