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Motorcycle Life Expectancy ... guess which brand wins over 25 yr trend?

Brian P

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Read the source article.

Study based on bikes produced before 1981 with a starting point of 1992.

How reliable something produced in 1981 was, might not be particularly relevant to how reliable something produced in 2019 is ...

I have a 30 year old Yamaha, and a 31 year old Yamaha that has been a race bike for most of its life, and a 16 year old Kawasaki.

Quote from article: "It is hard to write off a motorcycle when it spends most of its life on its side stand being covered in chrome polish." LOL
 

Low rider

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My Neighbour has a Harley. I see it parked on the road in front of his house every day when leave, actually riding my Honda.
I see it again, [in exactly the same spot] every time I return???????


Maybe that's why?

Yeah, that Harley is on the road.

Parked.
 

ReSTored

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When you talk about durability and actually running and remaining on the road vs. just being registered and sitting in a garage somewhere I think Honda has the nod on this.
 

pfbmgd

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My Neighbour has a Harley. I see it parked on the road in front of his house every day when leave, actually riding my Honda.
I see it again, [in exactly the same spot] every time I return???????


Maybe that's why?

Yeah, that Harley is on the road.

Parked.
I've heard that 90% of all Harley Davidsons ever made are still on the road.

The other 10% made it home.

You guys are really funny . Plus really original .
 

Mad Mike

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Statistics are pretty funny things, you can pretty much make a graph to prove anything you like.

I wonder what a graph would look like if it charted mileage and TCO over the last 25 years?
 

Trials

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So sfter 13 years 100% of the motorcycles in the study still exist :unsure: that beats the heck out of the automobile industry.
 

Trials

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Click on the "source" link and read the entire article :LOL: it's just another make believe motorcycle article written by a car dude that has no clue.
 

crankcall

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so where does it account for number of units sold, little hard to claim life span if one brand sells 10,000 and the other 1000.
 

Matt Rain

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So sfter 13 years 100% of the motorcycles in the study still exist :unsure: that beats the heck out of the automobile industry.
As per the article, 43% survive 12 years. The graph charts the survival rate of those 43% starting with year 13.

I wonder at what point I'll have the sole suriving '85 FJ600.
 

MacDoc

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that beats the heck out of the automobile industry.
might be outdone by Ford pickups tho.
 

PrivatePilot

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Highest mileage motorcycle:

Let me give you a heads up: Just because it comes up as the first hit for "highest mileage motorcycle" on Google doesn't make it true.

Because it's not.

There's a Honda that matches it (with 6 less engines along the trip, 9 for the HD and 3 IIRC for the Goldwing) and a BMW with 1.7m on it.
 

Baggsy

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You guys are making me want my '84 Magna back.
Once I get extra room in the garage, I might take the trip and pick it up.
 
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Roadghost

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Let me give you a heads up: Just because it comes up as the first hit for "highest mileage motorcycle" on Google doesn't make it true.

Because it's not.

There's a Honda that matches it (with 6 less engines along the trip, 9 for the HD and 3 IIRC for the Goldwing) and a BMW with 1.7m on it.
Oh, pardon me. It's not the "highest mileage" on a motorcycle. It's most miles driven. Yes, there are motorcycles with more mileage. Feel free to post the links to the ones you found.
 

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