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High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Mon May 06, 2013 5:26 pm



Hi this is my first time on this forum and Iam purchasing a 94 1500 SE this weekend that has been well cared for by its previous owner but does have alot of miles on it, 158,000 miles now the question is should I worry about the milage of the bike as I will keep up on good regular maintainance like oil changes, timing belts, tires and brakes?



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Re: High Milage

Postby Fiberthree » Mon May 06, 2013 5:35 pm

Welcome to the forum. That mileage doesn't sound high. My '99 has 135K Did the PO have any service records? I have kept an XL spreadsheet on mine since the day I brought it home. I track oil changes, repairs, modifications and MPG plus how many miles driven each year. My max was 2002 when I put on 11K. Sounds like yours is just getting broken in!
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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Mon May 06, 2013 5:58 pm

Thanks for the welcome..yes the po has all records including oil changes, all repairs and milage recordings which I think is a good sign of a po thats cares, I only hope I can get another 100,000 if I keep up the maintenance.

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Re: High Milage

Postby Kiwi2 » Wed May 08, 2013 4:27 pm

Your bike is just getting run in, however I would suggest that you look at changing the timing belt as they may be due about now.

We have a guy in the New Zealand GoldWing Riders who's 1500 has done over 600,000 miles and still runs like a dream, well a Wing then. His bike is serviced on a regular basis.

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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Wed May 08, 2013 4:35 pm

wow that's a lot of miles on one bike but it sure is reassuring to hear that!!! and yes from what I was told from the po is that the belts were just changed 25000 miles ago and documented on the log he keeps for it but I will still go over everything on the bike once I get it on Saturday thanks for the insight.

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Re: High Milage

Postby artgrantz » Wed May 08, 2013 6:48 pm

Good luck to you. Enjoy your new Wing, it has a lot of good miles left in it.

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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Wed May 08, 2013 7:05 pm

Thanks my wife and I can hardly wait to be on a wing again.

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Re: High Milage

Postby wingpilot08 » Thu May 09, 2013 7:10 am

I'm a first owner of my wing and currently I just rolled over 196,000 mile with normal maintainance. Normal oil changes..sparkpulgs, fluids. Did have to replace my alternator once or twice..then went to a Compufire. Just replace my timning belts for the third time. Take care of the bike and it runs forever!
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Re: High Milage

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu May 09, 2013 10:12 am

My '96 Wing just turned 120,000 miles.
Routine maintanence - regular fluid changes - belts at 105,000 miles -
So far just tires, battery, brakes, etc. Normal wear items.
My bike has a Compufire Alternator
I DID have to replace the final drive unit at 85,000 miles from a previous owners neglect. Found a ZERO mile unit from a trike kit ;)
I PLAN on riding this bike to 2000,000 miles or more...now just because I can show it off...
Living in HD country (near Milwaukee) I know a lot of HD riders..we compare mileage often..I usually win by a landslide... :mrgreen:
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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Thu May 09, 2013 3:50 pm

wow that's reassuring guys thanks I feel a lot more confident with my purchase :D

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Re: High Milage

Postby cbx4evr » Thu May 09, 2013 8:57 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:Living in HD country (near Milwaukee) I know a lot of HD riders..we compare mileage often..I usually win by a landslide... :mrgreen:


Harleys aren't much competition. Most of them are being trailered all over the country. I remember being in Spearfish, SD and the hotel parking lot was filled with truck and covered trailer units they all belonged to Harley riders out to ride the Black Hills.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: High Milage

Postby Kiwi2 » Thu May 09, 2013 9:50 pm

wingpilot96 wrote:I'm a first owner of my wing and currently I just rolled over 196,000 mile with normal maintainance. Normal oil changes..sparkpulgs, fluids. Did have to replace my alternator once or twice..then went to a Compufire. Just replace my timning belts for the third time. Take care of the bike and it runs forever!



My original alternator did the same thing ....... packed a sad, so had it rewound but was not happy with it as I had the feeling that it just wasn't doing what it was supposed to do, so spent a lot of money to get a Compufire plus battery sent to NZ. About $1,175.00 in US$. So far no problems apart from the battery going flat from lack of use, but got that all charged up and now I'm as happy as a box full of fluffy ducks. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I did my timing belts at 100,000 miles and do an oil change every year, and normal preventative maintenance when checking and cleaning the bike. :D :D :D

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Re: High Milage

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri May 10, 2013 6:29 am

Kiwi2 wrote:About $1,175.00 in US$.

HOLEY CRAP!!! :o :shock: And I thought the $250 I paid was high!!
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Re: High Milage

Postby Kiwi2 » Fri May 10, 2013 4:20 pm

wingpilot96 wrote:
Kiwi2 wrote:About $1,175.00 in US$.

HOLEY CRAP!!! :o :shock: And I thought the $250 I paid was high!!


Don't forget the currency conversion as the NZ$ is not worth as much as the US$, and there was air freight as well.That included the battery and alternator as a unit. :shock: :shock:

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Re: High Milage

Postby a@r » Fri May 10, 2013 7:39 pm

I would not worry about the mileage you have a lot more left in it. I would check your po records and see if he has changed the dessacant the in on board air system. This will keep the moisture out of the air lines and the air shock. If not look on this site and I am pretty sure wingman has a diy post on it.


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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Fri May 10, 2013 8:16 pm

Yes I will do that my po has a very good detailed list of what has been done to the bike which is a good thing.

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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Wed May 15, 2013 6:02 am

My new bike finally home
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Re: High Milage

Postby wingpilot08 » Wed May 15, 2013 7:00 am

blacksheep67 wrote:My new bike finally home

Congrats! Nice looking bike!
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Re: High Milage

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed May 15, 2013 9:18 am

blacksheep67 wrote:My new bike finally home


What a beauty. Now get to wrenching! You should do ALL the Preventative maintenance ASAP.

SImple things like change oil - rear final drive fluids - radiator fluids- Bleed Brake lines and Clutch lines with fresh fluid
Lube the splines in the rear wheel - Check brake pads for excess wear - verify timeing belts are changed

It sounds like a lot but it is worth it as you will establish a base line for these items so you KNOW when to do them again and that they have been done. The benefit is also that you will learn your bike a LOT better by digging in a doing some of these things yourself if you are able.

Then you can ride with confidence that the bike will not let you stranded somewhere... :mrgreen:

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Re: High Milage

Postby blacksheep67 » Wed May 15, 2013 4:40 pm

Thanks and yes already started, oil and filters been changed , final drive fluids done, timing belts been checked and are in good shape, antifreeze has been changed, brake pads are in good shape lots left, tires are new like the po said just have check a couple more small things and Im good to go.Your right with all the checks done I will feel more confident that my bike is in good order and wont let me down. :D




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