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How high is "high mileage"?

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Old 05-11-2009, 12:46 PM
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Default How high is "high mileage"?

Hi! I am sold on getting an Ultra. Backed off from a '00 with 44K miles.(condition issues) I am now looking at a '03 with about 53K miles. would that be considered " high miles"?
My pocketbook allows either an older bike or one with more miles.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:55 PM
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In my opinion it depends on how it has been riden and maintained. I had a 2001 Ultra that had 97K miles on it in 2006 when I went down coming home from Sturgis. The bike had some issues initially, front motor mount was installed wrong @ factory. Once they got that fixed @ about 43K miles. The only problem I ever had was my oil pump got out of wack and I had to re-align it to keep it from puking oil out the breather bolts.

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:29 PM
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This question seems to come up every now and then. Like a car, it depends on how those miles added up: street vs Highway and on how the cycle was generally maintained. I've talked with riders whose cycles are over 100,000 and they say that other than being a bit "looser", they ride find. Some riders consider 30,000 to be too high of mileage for their tastes while others talk up the fact that their cycle has over 50K. A friend of mine, a few years ago, bought a 8 year old Electria Glide with around 75K; it looks and rides like a new machine.

A lot of your choice will depend on how long you want to keep the cycle and what you're paying for it.
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Old 05-11-2009, 01:45 PM
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"Condition use" are the key words. If taken care of any bike should last a minimum of 100,000. Check/ask for maintenance records, frequency of oil/fluid change, spark plug change, look under the rear fender for burnt rubber from burnouts, and even the amount of dirt underneath will tell you how well a bike was maintained!
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Bikes are like your cars they will last a long time if they are maintained correctly.....I just rode a friends bike that has 120000 with oil changed every 3 months no matter how many miles....and all the other service done on time....and that bike is very strong.....

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Old 05-11-2009, 02:38 PM
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Question Good Luck!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-11-2009, 02:42 PM
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Question Good Luck!!!!!!!!

So Many LOW Mile Bikes out there for sale? Why would you go for high milage bikes?? Also resale value and getting stuck with a high miler when time to sell seems to be a problem. Are you going to do wrenching yourself???Why take a chance UNLESS you are getting on Heck of a deal..AND not planing on going on many LONG trips!!Another option is look at a CLASSIC to save some$$$$ or even a Standard...Add your own radio-Tour pack as time and $$$ become available!!!!!Screw the leg warmers most guy ditch them anyway!!!!! Just my .02... Good Luck!!!!! R.W.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:04 PM
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Ask your dealer, Dealers here in Arizona will not take a trade-in on any
Bike if it has over 30k miles. They will also only work on EVO's and Twin-Cam's.
I buy new bikes every ten years. My son will be getting a excellent 2000 Electraglide
and I will be getting the new water cooled 2010 Electraglide.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:48 PM
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I generally ride em till the wheels fall off ,and put new wheels on and keep on keeping on ..

Mileage isnt an issue , how the miles were put there is ..

On the surface I wouldnt be concerned at all about buying a Harley with over 50k on the clock , if they can back up "only drove to church on Sunday" ..

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WATERCOOLED ELECTRAGLIDE FOR 2010????? Can anyone confirm this?
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