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post #1 of 4 Old 09-05-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking through a high mileage bike

I'm trying to buy a wee-strom w/ ABS used, and there is a seemingly good condition, 82k mile ?2008? in my neck of the woods on consignment (for 3k)

What are the ways to think about this high mileage of a bike?

impacts to resale?
anticipated life-span of engine?
what other parts tend to wear out, that I need to check (obv. other than tires/chain/sprocket/brakes?)

I'm mechanically inclined but relatively new to motorcycling (2nd season).

Thanks for any thoughts from a future StromTrooper.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-05-2013, 07:31 PM
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These engines will go 100k "and beyond" with little to no problems, so I guess it depends on the price. Are you a high mileage rider, what are your expectations for the bike?

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Suzuki just published their premier issue of On Suzuki and there was a short blurb of a Vee that had 280,000+ miles (I think that's the mileage quoted).


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Test ride it. If it runs strong and tracks straight, buy it.

Other things to wear out..
..wheel bearings, sprocket carrier bearing, rear wheel cushion rubber dampers (between sprocket carrier & rear wheel)
..fork bushings & seals
..steering stem bearings
..swing arm bearings
..shock absorber


The shock is the only pricey item, about $500 for an upgrade & rebuild by RaceTech or a local suspension shop; more for an upgrade aftermarket replacement. None of the rest are tough, but the swing arm bearings, if needed, are a tedious job. Negotiate a lower price.

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