What Is Considered High Mileage for a Motorcycle?

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What is considered high mileage on a motorcycle? Used motorcycles can be found at all sorts of mileages and price points in Portland and Vancouver. For smaller sports bikes, a mileage above 20,000 to 30,000 is on the high side, while larger motorcycles are considered high mileage after the 50,000-mile point. But mileage is just one piece of a larger picture when shopping for a used bike — there are ways of keeping a motorcycle going well past 100,000 miles — service history is often a better indication of long-term performance. 

What Is the Average Annual Mileage for a Motorcycle?

In general, motorcycles are driven for fewer miles per year than cars are. While the average car is driven between 10,000 and 15,000 miles per year, that’s not the case for a bike. What is the average annual mileage for a motorcycle,? 3,000 miles — and since that’s an average, it can be even less for some riders.

How Can I Tell if a High-Mileage Motorcycle Is in Good Condition?

You might be hesitant to test out a high-mileage motorcycle in Vancouver or Gresham, but you’ll find that many of the high-mileage bikes you encounter are still in good condition. There are a few ways of determining whether a used, high-mileage bike is in good condition, such as:

  • Looking at the service record
  • Taking it out for a test ride
  • Checking it for defects such as physical damage and corrosion
  • Getting a vehicle history report
  • Having it checked and inspected

Motorcycle Mileage: Keeping Yours In Good Condition

Now that you know what is considered high mileage for a motorcycle, you should get acquainted with these tips to keep your Gresham motorcycle in tip-top shape:

  • Follow your manufacturer maintenance recommendations. Getting your motorcycle serviced regularly is a good way to keep your motorcycle running longer. You can schedule service with us using a convenient online form.
  • Check your air filter periodically. You’ll have less gunk in your engine if you check your air filter according to your owner’s manual recommendations.
  • Check your final drive. This component, when properly maintained, will keep your bike on the road longer.
  • Use recommended coolant and replace it when needed. Regularly replacing your motorcycle’s coolant will lead to a longer life for your bike.

We know that many of our Portland and Gladstone riders handle their own Harley-Davidson maintenance. That means you know your bike and know how to tell when something is wrong — it’s this attention to care and detail that can let you confidently buy a used bike with “high” mileage.

Latus Motors Harley-Davidson: Motorcycle Experts

If you’re in the market for a Harley-Davidson, look no further than Latus Motors Harley-Davidson. Our motorcycle expertise is second to none in the Portland area and our team is eager to get you on a great bike. Contact us to learn more.

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