Motorcycle Forum banner
1 - 20 of 31 Posts

Visionary
Joined
6,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I hit 145,770 miles today on my 2008 Vision, which may seem like a weird number to celebrate but it has a hidden meaning... I bought this bike with 45,750 miles and at the time I was very concerned with the mileage, I really wanted a Vision and it was what I could afford back then, but I was really hoping it would have some miles left in it.
So far, it had 100,000 more, and it still looks good, runs fine, and gets me to work every day. No engine work, no major breakdowns a few things had to be replaced, the fuel pump at 65K, the clutch at 108K and a transmission output shaft seal at about 90k, but other than that it's just been routine maintenance items, brakes, tires, oil.

The original owner paid about $23,000 for it, and rode it 45K miles, then sold it to me for $5500, so on a cost per mile basis I think I've done quite well. I ride it year round, in heat, cold, rain, dust, and a bit of snow occasionally :cool: , it's been as reliable as an anvil and see no reason this bike won't go 200K, Victory built some very reliable machines.

Blue Automotive design Gadget Electric blue Gas
Tire Wheel Fuel tank Vehicle Automotive lighting
 

Registered
CB125T, EX250 commuter, Ninja 250 racebike, CBR250R(MC19), VF500F, CBR600RR, VFR750F
Joined
1,130 Posts
That's so awesome!! Any major repairs needed for those 100K miles? Or just regular maintenance?
 
  • Like
Reactions: mike721

Visionary
Joined
6,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
That's so awesome!! Any major repairs needed for those 100K miles? Or just regular maintenance?
A few things, nothing crazy in almost 150K miles.

Fuel pump got noisy at 60K, replaced it. probably the most expensive part I changed, I think it was $200
Compensator was noisy, I replaced a $30 spring
Clutch wore out at 108K, I consider that normal wear.
Output shaft oil seal failed, $50 part.
I broke a spark plug wire at 120K, had to change them.
Pretty much everything else was maintenance, tires, oil, light bulbs, wheel bearings, brakes, spark plugs, etc
The only thing on the bike that doesn't work is the gear indicator, was a known issue on 08s, a bad design that fails. I fixed it, it broke again, I decided I didn't need it so I disabled it electrically, it always reads 1, but this way it doesn't mess up the rev/ speed limiter like it did when acting up.
 

Registered
2020 Shelby GT350
Joined
117 Posts
Impressive. Well done. Always great to see people that actually put miles on their bikes.

I had bought a brand new 2003 GL1800 and went on to put 135,000 on it.
Had a 2006 FZ1 that I put 40,000 miles on.
Now I have a 2020 FJR1300ES that I've already put 35,000 on.
These miles were put on while having other bikes during the same period.
 

Registered
Joined
223 Posts
With good care and reasonable riding, bikes last a lot longer now than they used to. My last two bikes had 115,000 miles (Kawasaki Ninja 650), and 80,000 (Honda CBR500R) before I sold them and both were running fine.
 

On The Road Again!
Joined
4,724 Posts
When I got into biking in the 60s, if you saw a bike with 30,000 or 40,000 miles on it, that was a lot...except BMWs. I had a series of BMWs from back that that just ran forever. My '74 BMW has 172,000 miles on it.
Now, 40,000 is like brand new.
My current Goldwing, pictured below, has 115,000 on it. Still runs like a brand new bike. I fully expect that this bike will last as long as I do.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Carbide

Registered
2020 Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide
Joined
16 Posts
Congratulations on your milestone! My 2020 CVO Road Glide has 109,000 miles and will turn 3 years old in April. I'm on pace to average over 40,000 miles a year for 3 years straight on this bike. I never change the oil on time and have neglected all of the recommended maintenance items throughout the various mileage intervals stated in the manual. Everything in the bike is how it was from the factory except for a new fuel filter at 85k. The bike hasn't had a single issue. I have an online friend with over 150,000 miles on a 2021 Road Glide and even splits mileage with another bike. He hasn't had any issues, either.

I'm starting to become a firm believer that keeping these things moving is the key to longevity. Seems like that idea is working for you as well. Many more safe/happy miles to you!
 

Registered
2020 Shelby GT350
Joined
117 Posts
When I got into biking in the 60s, if you saw a bike with 30,000 or 40,000 miles on it, that was a lot...except BMWs. I had a series of BMWs from back that that just ran forever. My '74 BMW has 172,000 miles on it.
Now, 40,000 is like brand new.
My current Goldwing, pictured below, has 115,000 on it. Still runs like a brand new bike. I fully expect that this bike will last as long as I do.
Agreed.
My 2003 GW was just broken in at 135,000 miles. I personally know of 3 others that have over 600,000 miles with no major engine work ever needed.
 

Registered
2020 Harley Davidson CVO Road Glide
Joined
16 Posts
Agreed.
My 2003 GW was just broken in at 135,000 miles. I personally know of 3 others that have over 600,000 miles with no major engine work ever needed.
I saw a post on a Goldwing forum recently. 80-year-old man with 767,000 on a 2015!

Wheel Tire Automotive tire Product Motor vehicle
 

On The Road Again!
Joined
4,724 Posts
Good ol Phil Steiner!!
He's amazing!!!
So he bought a new one, eh?
Let's see how long he makes this one last.
 

Visionary
Joined
6,110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I'm starting to become a firm believer that keeping these things moving is the key to longevity. Seems like that idea is working for you as well. Many more safe/happy miles to you!
I agree, daily use seems to be the way to keep them rolling a long time!
 

On The Road Again!
Joined
4,724 Posts
I have somewhat over 300,000 lifetime miles.
But I'm sure I don't come even close to you, Mike.
 
1 - 20 of 31 Posts
Top