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    Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Iím shopping for a XX having previously owned one and am getting back to riding. We all want a great deal and I expect to pay $4000-$6000. However, thereís 2000 model in my area with 183,000 miles for less than $2k and has a after market upper cowling and front fender that are white. Allegedly it runs.

    The sane side of my mind says stay away. The other side says, I have all the tools to refinish all the trim and the tank (I really do) so everything would match but, wouldnít be factory. Anything else is likely a trip to the dealer/shop. What could possibly go wrong?

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Not that I have found. If the oil and filter has been changed regularly then you should be good once you give a look over. Got 193,000 on mine same titanium version.
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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    +1 on beestoys. Still, the loom can corrode and the ECU can fail giving code 25 and go into low power mode. Both these items are hard to find used, forget new. Make sure the FI light illuminates briefly when you turn the key, then goes out and stays out. With those miles and unknown history you should be in a good bargaining position.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadicdread View Post
    Iím shopping for a XX having previously owned one and am getting back to riding. We all want a great deal and I expect to pay $4000-$6000. However, thereís 2000 model in my area with 183,000 miles for less than $2k and has a after market upper cowling and front fender that are white. Allegedly it runs.

    The sane side of my mind says stay away. The other side says, I have all the tools to refinish all the trim and the tank (I really do) so everything would match but, wouldnít be factory. Anything else is likely a trip to the dealer/shop. What could possibly go wrong?
    Everything and then maybe nothing. How's that for a conclusive answer? One would think that if someone got a Bird to those miles he must have been taking care of it along the way too.
    So really you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well,*do*ya,*punk?

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadicdread View Post
    Iím shopping for a XX having previously owned one and am getting back to riding. We all want a great deal and I expect to pay $4000-$6000. However, thereís 2000 model in my area with 183,000 miles for less than $2k and has a after market upper cowling and front fender that are white. Allegedly it runs.

    The sane side of my mind says stay away. The other side says, I have all the tools to refinish all the trim and the tank (I really do) so everything would match but, wouldnít be factory. Anything else is likely a trip to the dealer/shop. What could possibly go wrong?
    Look at it this way- you will have 2k+ of your budget still in pocket if needed and as stated, to get to that mileage it's probably been looked after. Go look and see what your heart says. Good luck on the hunt
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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    In my view it will all come down to three things:

    1) how well the bike was maintained (and whether there has been attention to replacing things that wear out),
    2) how the bike was stored, and
    3) luck.

    Which isnt any different to any used vehicle purchase...

    At 183,000 miles the bike will have performed a lot of work and is without doubt well past its intended factory life. Lets keep the maths simple and assume all that distance was at 60mph. (1 mile per minute). At 60 mph a bird is sitting around 4000 rpm, so that is 4000 revolutions per mile. So that engine will have rotated at least 750 Million times, plus more allowing for idling. The transmission and wheels have been rotating and the suspension been working for 183,000 minutes, which is 127 days non stop. There has to be some wear going on in there somewhere. You might be looking at some new steering head and wheel bearings if they haven't been done. But we all know the engines are bulletproof, that the suspension was probably shot by 50,000 miles anyway.

    The big question is whether there will be some odd electrical gremlin emerge, and that's impossible to know.

    You should also get an answer as to why the cowling and front fender were replaced - potential frame damage?
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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    the bird is one of the best built bikes of all time, however why piss around with a bike with that kind of mileage when you could find a nice low mile one that will have much more life left in it for not a lot more.
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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by rc46 View Post
    the bird is one of the best built bikes of all time, however why piss around with a bike with that kind of mileage when you could find a nice low mile one that will have much more life left in it for not a lot more.
    True, you can find low mile bikes. I found a 7000 mile bike in 2013 for $3500. I know of others around the 4000 dollar mark.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    I like what everyone is saying.

    After some more digging, I see they've had this bike for at least 12 days and have dropped the price by $200 within the past 12 days. It's at used motorcycle and I can only image what low price they paid since they started it at $1950 and it's currently at $1750.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Where are you? There is a very nice 2000 up here in cold country.

    https://simplystreetbikes.com/Motorc...4-aa41011243d6

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by ominousone View Post
    Where are you? There is a very nice 2000 up here in cold country.

    https://simplystreetbikes.com/Motorc...4-aa41011243d6

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    Iím 1,700 miles away in Tacoma, WA. I was looking at that one last night and started doing the math on shipping vs driving. Itís more economical to have it shipped and theyíve had it since at least July. I wonder if they are motivated to sell.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by nomadicdread View Post
    Iím 1,700 miles away in Tacoma, WA. I was looking at that one last night and started doing the math on shipping vs driving. Itís more economical to have it shipped and theyíve had it since at least July. I wonder if they are motivated to sell.
    I would think that they would be as it is now winter. I would expect them to drop the price... especially as it wasn't certified by them.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    If you are interested, give them a call and ask for Steve. I know the price was just dropped from $4,100.00 or 4,200.00. I have some pix of the little flaws that I saw, and none look like a product of being tipped over.

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    Re: Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    These bikes may well have legendary build quality with bullet proof engines but that is sky high miles, if it were me I would be looking else where for sure., I know Beestoys has done more on his bike but he knows whats been done.
    Like other posters have said you will pick up a bike with far fewer miles for just a liitle more dosh .

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    Itís got 183,000 miles. What could go wrong?

    Yeah I think yíall are right.
    Iíve come to realize that I wouldnít mind having a bike with 183,000 miles that ďruns like a champĒ. However, Iíd rather put on the next 150,000 miles or more.

    The hold out will be color, quality, and model year. The Ď98-Ď00 years are special to me and Iíd like to be back in that again in black, with titanium being the second. I never cared for the red or silver. Thereís a silver colored model in my area but...nah.

    I had thoughts last night of taking a titanium model and refinishing the trim and fender in a alpine/storm trooper white and very subtle light grey AR bolt face on each side of the lower fairings that takes up most of the fairing. Stock exhaust would be made matte black.

    Then when the inevitable scratches occur eventually it would get down to the titanium color and make an interesting worn look.
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