Adequate maintenance and proper care help motorcycles continue to perform well over their lifetime, but overall mileage is always on the climb. Exactly how many miles are too many miles for a motorcycle? In this article, we’ll break down how many miles you can get out of a motorcycle and the most important specs to look at when determining the condition of a bike.
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What is Considered High Mileage For a Motorcycle?
Overall mileage is an important and easy-to-understand metric that can provide useful information about the condition of a motorcycle, or any vehicle. Riders in the market for a pre-owned bike will often consider mileage during their search to more fully inform their decision to buy a used motorcycle that will still last for years to come.
High mileage indicates a well-worn and utilized motorcycle, but such long distances invariably take a toll on the bike’s inner workings. Engines that have seen a lot of miles will need to be serviced eventually and pre-existing issues can turn into bigger problems down the road. That said, there’s not a single number or exact threshold that indicates ‘high mileage’ for a motorcycle.
In general, a motorcycle’s lifespan can range between 20,000 to 50,000 miles. Motorcycles with over 50,000 miles are considered old, but many riders that take good care of their bikes can reach over 100,000 miles. Making a bike last involves regular servicing and responsible riding over time.
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5 Factors Affecting Motorcycle Longevity
But like any simple metric out there, mileage can only tell part of the story. There are several other important factors to consider when looking at a pre-owned bike or checking the condition of your own machine. For a more informed perspective, learn about what to care most about most below.
1. What Mileage Does and Doesn’t Mean
The mileage number offers a clear look into just how far the bike has traveled in its lifetime, but the number by itself doesn’t mean much. Riders need to put mileage into context and combine it with other factors. Mileage does matter, however, when determining dealer prices or the private sale price. Similar to the pre-owned car market, mileage significantly affects retail price as customers are looking for the newest models in good shape.
But motorcycles differ from cars in that their mileage is not as accurate of an indicator of overall condition. Big repairs or part upgrades can breathe new life into a motorcycle, even old ones. Additional factors like its previous motorcycle owners, build quality, and past servicing give more rich information about whether the bike is a smart investment.
2. Previous Owners
Knowing who owned the motorcycle in the past is a key piece of information. Sometimes it isn’t possible but it offers a great window into how the motorcycle may have been ridden and cared for over the years. In general, the fewer owners the better. A rider who owned the same motorcycle for 30 years had more skin in the game and probably took better care of it.
If a motorcycle is changing hands every couple of years— as is the case with many entry-level bikes that are good for starting out— it may have seen heavy everyday use but little time in the shop. Younger or beginner riders typically have less mechanical knowledge and more aggressive riding styles that wear down the engine a bit more.
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3. Type of Bike
The average service life and high mileage threshold varies across different kinds of motorcycles. For example, touring bikes can rack up a serious amount of miles because they are built for long trips and have engines that deliver consistent power. Dirt bikes, however, are punchy and powerful bikes that ride over rough terrain— a combination that can quickly wear down an engine.
If you ride a sportbike, the ROKFORM Pro Series Motorcycle Stem Mount is made specifically for your setup. This high-quality fork stem mount screws directly into the fork stem hole on your bike for a secure, seamless connection. The phone holder is fully adjustable so you can place mobile devices at the right angle along with two inserts that fit all sportbike stems between 12-24mm. This way, riders can easily see GPS directions and field phone calls out on the road.
What is the Average Service Life of Motorcycles?
Average Service Life of Motorcycles
|40,000-50,000 miles, with 100,000 miles being possible
A motorcycle’s engine type and layout can also influence its longevity. Flat twin or inline six setups tend to have reduced vibrations compared to other designs, such as single-cylinders or 45° V-twins. Poorly tuned suspension can also increase the vibrations throughout the chassis which can take a toll over time.
Certain levels of vibrations are a given when riding a motorcycle, but they don’t have to be a problem. Riders who use a ROKFORM motorcycle phone mount to secure their phone as they cruise can enhance their setup with the Motorcycle Mount Vibration Dampener.
This compact dampener is easy to install and significantly reduces vibration force to protect your phone’s internal components from vibration damage. The durable aluminum construction and reinforced polymer ensures the best-in-class vibration isolator is built to last, complete with the secure twist lock and lever.
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4. How the Motorcycle Was Used
Another important consideration when analyzing the condition of a motorcycle is how and where it was ridden. Riding a motorcycle hard with aggressive braking or improper fluid levels can damage the parts over time. These bad riding habits aren’t always obvious but can make the bike feel like it's traveled more miles than what shows up on the odometer.
Frequently riding in challenging terrain or inclement weather can also rapidly age a motorcycle. Or maybe the bike was stored for a long time? This can degrade the tire rubber, dry up seals, and allow rust to develop. Motorcycles need to be prepared for long-term storage, especially in wintery environments, to properly care for the gas tank and other internal parts.
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5. TLC is the Most Important
Like with anything in life, a little tender, loving care goes a long way. Regular and adequate maintenance throughout the lifespan of a motorcycle ensures that any small issues don’t snowball into larger headaches down the line. It’s noticeable when a motorcycle, even one with behemoth mileage numbers, has been owned by a responsible rider who knew what they were doing.
Take note of any replacement parts or past service history of the bike that’ll offer the most accurate picture of the motorcycle’s past. And watch out for any signs of previous crashes or serious damage— some shady resellers attempt to hide signs of big hits, even after bodywork repairs. Remember that bikes with high mileage can still be great investments! But do your research and know the indications of a bike that’s seen plenty of miles— along with sufficient love by its owner— and you’ll be all set.
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Taking good care of your motorcycle goes hand in hand with having the appropriate riding gear and accessories. More and more riders are swapping out traditional GPS devices with their smartphones positioned at the cockpit. Whether you are rocking a new Samsung S23, iPhone 14, or older model, ROKFORM specializes in rugged phone cases for ultimate drop protection.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I secure a phone to my motorcycle?
A ROKFORM motorcycle phone mount keeps your phone right where you want it while riding. These high-quality mounts feature our patented twist-lock retention system and strong magnets, making them significantly more secure than a clamp phone mount which relies on tension arms to hold the device in place.
Can motorcycle vibrations damage my phone’s internal parts?
The best way to protect your phone from vibrations is with the ROKFORM Motorcycle Mount Vibration Dampener. The shock-absorber’s premium construction significantly reduces the vibrations that reach your phone, even while riding at high speeds.
How can I best protect my smartphone?
ROKFORM phone cases are built tough to protect against accidental drops and impacts. There are a wide range of rugged cases available for Samsung Galaxy S and Apple iPhone models, so you can find the perfect case. The secure twist-lock and magnetic retention system on the back of the case is compatible with ROKFORM’s lineup of phone mounts.
ROKFORM: The Best Motorcycle Phone Mounts and Accessories
ROKFORM delivers the best motorcycle phone mount and favorite phone cases of dedicated motorcyclists during daily use. Take care of your precious device just like proper servicing of high-mileage motorcycles throughout their time on the road. The products’ heavy-duty construction and secure mounting hardware ensure that your device stays right where you need it while you ride.
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Are your cases wireless charging compatible?
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Will the magnet in your phone cases hurt my phone?
NO. Manufacturers have been using magnets in phones and tablets for years. Our specially designed rare earth magnets are proven safe for all smartphones and tablets. In a product overview from MacWorld, they said: "magnet based accessories are safe to use on iPads and pose no threat of scrambling interior electronics.” Our magnets will not harm your credit cards either. Magnets will only affect spinning hard drives found in old laptop and desktop computers. The magnet also may affect a hotel key but then again what doesn't? Bottom line, our magnets are safe but don’t set your phone on your old computer or your hotel key ;-)
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