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I have somewhat over 300,000 lifetime miles.
But I'm sure I don't come even close to you, Mike.
Actually I think I'm probably around the same thing, don't forget I rode from age 15-20 then took a short 30 year break, then got back into riding I think 9 years ago
I seem to average 30-40k a year so I'd say I'm probably round 300K .
Maybe one day I can try to figure it out accurately.
 

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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.

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Another example of results that can be enjoyed through performance of SCHEDULED maintenance.
Congratulations!
 

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Very impressive. Personally I never have put more than about 40,000 miles on a particular bike. I found that after about 6 years typically I have a yen for a new bike. And I almost always get a really good trade in value because the bikes look and run like new when I trade them in.
 

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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.

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That鈥檚 fantastic, you don鈥檛 hear of too many riders putting on mileage like that.
Here is my story.
I bought a used 2005 Yamaha Vstar 1100 in 2007 with 500 miles on it. I was 54 at the time and it was my first bike. I now have 97000 on it and it鈥檚 going strong. The only engine work I had done was the started clutch at 30k. The bike is amazing.
 

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VStars are durable bikes as well, I put about 60K miles on a 650 without any issues that I didn't cause :)
 

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Another example of results that can be enjoyed through performance of SCHEDULED maintenance.
Congratulations!
Maintenance on a Victory is pretty minimal, change the oil, lube a couple things, check the tires, change the brake and clutch fluid every 2 years, that's about it.
The bikes were over engineered, they set service intervals that were too frequent, a belt change at 30K? That proved ridiculous, any Victory belt from 2007 on is virtually indestructible and will easily last 100K, I changed mine at 108K because I had it off to do something else and I had a spare, it looked fine and it's hanging on my wall as a spare. I've heard of them lasting 200K. Wheel bearings went more than 100K then I changed them, I was going to change the fork oil at 100K but I stumbled across a brand new $3000 set of factory option chrome forks in the box on sale for $200 on eBay so I put those on instead.
I did have to change the mufflers of all things, I forgot about that, one of them cracked at the inlet pipe and tried to fall off, I welded it back together and it was fine and you couldn't see it under the shield but I found a set of stock used mufflers ( looked brand new, must have been taken off an almost new bike) for $100 so I swapped them before it cracked again.
 

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The bikes were over engineered, they set service intervals that were too frequent, a belt change at 30K? That proved ridiculous, any Victory belt from 2007 on is virtually indestructible and will easily last 100K, I changed mine at 108K because I had it off to do something else and I had a spare, it looked fine and it's hanging on my wall as a spare. I've heard of them lasting 200K.
Unless you have to ride a lot of gravel roads like here. Then you want to take inspections seriously and just hope you don't get a rock the rips a chunk out or more in between inspections.
 

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Unless you have to ride a lot of gravel roads like here. Then you want to take inspections seriously and just hope you don't get a rock the rips a chunk out or more in between inspections.
That is true, a rock through a belt can wreck it.
 

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I have somewhat over 300,000 lifetime miles.
But I'm sure I don't come even close to you, Mike.
I was trying to figure out my lifetime miles not too long ago and came up with around 125,000 in almost 15 years. That doesn't count all my miles on training bikes or the dealer's Harleys I got to ride or the Suzuki Demo Days I worked or the other demo rides I've done. Not bad, I reckon. I usually put more miles on my bike than I do Bug every year. I bought him with 16k on him; now he has 65k. I bought my current bike new in February,2020 and it has 40, 6++ on it.
 
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