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A Guide to High Mileage Motorcycles – How Long Do Motorcycles Last?

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If you’re looking for a used motorcycle you may be wondering about its mileage.

When compared to cars, most motorcycles see a lot less total mileage per year – typically in the 3,000 miles per year range on average.

How Many Miles is a lot for a Motorcycle?

If you were to poll your average motorcyclists, they might agree that bikes with about 35,000 to 50,000 miles are high mileage motorcycles.

But where do you draw the line for a high mileage bike?

Unfortunately, mileage alone doesn’t really tell you much.

When you look at mileage plus the age of the bike, you can work out how often it has been ridden, but there’s more to the equation.

High mileage can mean you’re getting a better deal on the bike in some cases.

If you’re looking for a motorcycle project and know you’ll likely be getting into the engine anyway, a high mileage bike isn’t such a bad idea if you can save on the upfront costs.

Things to Consider along with Total Miles on a Used Motorcycle

A high mileage bike shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

In fact, a high mileage motorcycle that has been properly maintained and serviced is probably going to be a better buy than a low mileage bike that hasn’t been cared for.

You’ll also need to consider:

  • How old the bike is.
  • If it has kept up with its routine maintenance and service schedule.
  • If it has been dropped or damaged.
  • If its wear parts have been inspected and replaced as needed (air filters, oil filters, chains, sprockets, cables, valves, etc.).

A bike that has been cared for and ridden normally for 20,000 miles is going to be in a lot better shape than a bike that has been ridden hard and has not followed routine maintenance for the same amount.

Here’s what you should ask about when looking at a “high-mileage” motorcycle:

Regardless of the mileage, you can always perform repairs and service as things break down.

Obviously as the mileage climbs higher, this might require engine rebuilds or replacing bearings, but with the help of MotorcycleZombies.com you can always bring a motorcycle back from the dead!

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Ethan is not just any motorcycle enthusiast. With a decade of experience riding, maintaining, and restoring a range of motorcycles, Ethan brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Many of the tips and tricks shared on this site are born from hours spent wrenching on personal bikes. Paired with his experience as a journalist covering DMV & insurance topics, MotorcycleZombies.com is a must-visit site for any home-mechanic. Every article has been carefully reviewed and edited to ensure accuracy, authenticity, and simplicity - all to help bring your bike back from the dead and onto the road.

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