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    Hi all. I'm looking at upgrading to a big bike soon and wondered how many kms everyone thinks is to many when buying a second hand bike ?

  • #2
    Hyo 10,000,Bmw 250,000

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    • #3
      One million.

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      • #4
        Depends on the bike, how its been ridden and how well its been look after.
        "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by trooper View Post
          Hi all. I'm looking at upgrading to a big bike soon and wondered how many kms everyone thinks is to many when buying a second hand bike ?
          How big is a "big bike"? How much money do you want to spend? What kind of bike do you want to ride ,eg sports,touring,cruiser,road trail?

          Remember,not all bikes crap out at the same mileage. It depends a lot on the rider and the maintenance and a shit load of other things.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by thumper humper View Post
            How big is a "big bike"?


            But really its all relative, as said. Service history, ex owners, type of bike, etc etc.

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            • #8
              OT: modern bikes go on almost forever if serviced regularly... it's more to do with resale than reliability.

              You'll have a far smaller pool of buyers for a bike with high mileage, so you should expect to sell (or buy) at a considerable reduction over something that has moderate kms.

              I've bought and sold heaps of bikes, and tend to move them on when they reach 40k kms or so because of the stigma that the 'market' holds with regards to mileage, rather than any compulsion due to servicability.

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              • #9
                Here are a few similar threads.

                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...oo-many-75949/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...y-bike-115327/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...d-hand-106790/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...oo-much-28584/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...oo-many-24252/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...o-many-122335/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...oo-many-35077/
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...oo-many-63398/

                Here are Desmo's replies from them, just for shits n giggles...
                Originally posted by Desmo View Post
                3 K's is too many
                KKK is bad mmmkkkay.
                Originally posted by Desmo View Post
                I've done about 2500kays ibn the last 5 weeks
                Originally posted by Desmo View Post
                Originally posted by Ninja250 View Post
                it depends on the type of bike, how it was ridden and maintained by the owner etc etc
                Originally posted by Desmo View Post
                Jesus mate, how long is a piece of string?
                To kinda answer your question... 25,000 a year for a daily rider is reasonable. For a Sunday rider, maybe 5,000-10,000 a year, or less even...

                A lot of big bikes seems to be toys only, so unless you are chasing a rare model, you can usually find a low k's example somewhere.

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                • #10
                  23,670km's
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                  • #11
                    When I was selling my '01 R6 a few years back it basically went like this:

                    Call dealership telling them I'm interested in selling my R6
                    Dealer asks what year and how many Ks on the clock
                    01 with 60,000k
                    Not interested

                    Didn't even care to ask what price I was after, just flat out not interested

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                    • #12
                      I have heard that people have 100,000Kms on their bikes and are still going Strong. You should also get a bike checked out by a mechanic before buying privately, or once you have found the bike you want do a search to see if anyone has had problems with the same bike.
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                      • #13
                        so the answer is about 40,000 klm

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by fredie View Post
                          so the answer is about 40,000 klm
                          The 40000klm figure is more to do with resale value which means less to genuine bikers.
                          This also is very bike specific,my R3 didnt feel run in till at least 20000klm.
                          Plenty of big bikes of all makes humming along nicely with 100000+.
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                          Last edited by thumper humper; 05-04-2011, 05:21 PM.
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                          SYM HD200
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                          • #15
                            I think the more highly tuned the engine the more mileage might be an issue.

                            For a low stressed cruiser or tourer or sports/tourer then car type mileage would be acceptable with a life somewhere up near 200,000km not being unreasonable.

                            Personally though, when looking for a bike I generally prefer less than 40,000km. At this mileage the bike is still new enough that people still care for it and are less likely to have resorted to bodges and short cuts in its maintenance. It will most likely still have original nuts and bolts and not coach screws and gutter bolts and what is there won't be rounded off.

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