Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Auburn, WA 98401
I agree with the posts that opine that mileage is not a factor unless it is way up there, with two caveats.
1) Resale. A bike that has over 10-12,000 miles on it and is less than 5 years old, although it may have "average" mileage, will have a diminished sale value. There are so many bikes available that have real low miles, folks just pass up bikes with higher mileage, meaning you have to make the price real low.
2) Modifications. What if any modifications have been made to the motor? If the motor has been massaged, its life may be diminished. For example, increasing the displacement, while it may provide more power, it also produces more heat for the motor to get rid of. Also more vibration. Also, the gaskets may have to be custom made for pistons, etc. I am all for modifications, I have a bike that has had some serious modifications. But I know that the motor may not be as reliable as it was in stock form (I am willing to deal with it because the motor has so much power now it is like a totally different bike - sort of like mainlining heroin, you just like it so much you don't care what happens from doing it).
Most motors are not that modified to worry. The mileage, well, if you are not concerned with resale that much, I agree that 24K miles is not a big deal if the motor was properly serviced and not thrashed.
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