Anything above 3000 feet .
Hi all, looking at buying a GS1150 having just sold my Africa Twin. What is regarded as high / avoidable mileage for one of these, even if it has been well looked after? Many thanks
Anything above 3000 feet .
150000 ???? shit , that's just run in
Are you guys serious or is this GS forum humour? Was looking at a couple with 60-70K on..... Cheers chaps
His donkey 1100 was over 200 000 miles
mine has 97,000 hard miles on it and runs like a Swiss watch . do not , repeat , do not be afraid of miles on the clock
I've done 52,000 from new pretty much just putting petrol in, tyres on and having it serviced. Most obvious wear item is a small hole in the right hand handgrip, although the wee rubber dohicky that guides the speedo cable past the front mudguard is also looking a bit thin. The original shocks are a bit tired, everything else is "just run in".
After a bike is older than 3 years old, I have never took any notice of the reading on the clock....
If it looks, sounds and feels right then that will do me.
107,000 miles on mine. Good to go. Clutch was replaced at 95k and that's it.
I saw a 2005 1150 GSA a few weeks ago
It had 185,000 miles on the clock & looked like new, not a spot of corrosion at all
Owner had replaced the clutch @ 104k & re- shimmed the gearbox& bearings too
That was it
So many roads...........So little time......
Mines done 117000 and runs perfect, just had clutch done
Mileage doesnt matter, to my mind condition is everything a dog will remain a dog without much work and (possibly) expense.
The only caveat for this is on higher mileage bikes some of the most expensive consumables might be very tired - most notably the suspension - though there are affordable fixes for this...
But - if you're going after-market a bargain loses its shine somewhat if you're faced with a big bill soon after buying. saving a few hundred might seem pointless when you need to find the best part of a grand.
To my mind its often best to hold fire as there will always be a better bike available in short order - one that is much less likely to turn into a money pit - at least not until a fair time after you've recovered from the initial expense of purchase.
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