How long do you keep a bike?

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How long do you keep a bike?

#1 Unread post by jstark47 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:10 pm

I realized with some surprise that I'm only a few weeks shy of having my 2005 Triumph Bonneville for 8 years. Since then other bikes have come and gone in our household (seemingly more come than go, though). The Bonne soldiers on, and I have no plan to get rid of it any time soon.

How about you guys & gals? How long do you keep a motorcycle? I suspect answers will be all over the map.... but lets see!
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#2 Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:19 pm

Well the bikes in my sig are the ones that I still have. I bought all of them new except for the 900SS. So the bike I had the longest would be the R1150R and I bought that 10/1/2001.
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#3 Unread post by Wrider » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:41 am

Bought my first bike and held onto it for 6 months before having to let it go to make ends meet. So far I'm at 1 year and 6 months on my second bike.
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#4 Unread post by Thumper » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:56 pm

I have Fickle Bike Syndrome. I don't think I've had a bike longer than 2 years...my Bonneville may be the exception...

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#5 Unread post by Johnj » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:12 pm

I've kept a bike as long as 18 years and as short as 3 months.
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#6 Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:31 pm

8yrs was the longest, 1yr the shortest.
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#7 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:50 pm

I am all over the place on this matter?
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#8 Unread post by High_Side » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:57 pm

11 years was the longest (VTR1000) and 1 year was the shortest (Ducati Sport Classic). Those measures were a perfect reflection of how enjoyable the bikes were to own.

Outside of that I usually have a few bikes in the garage and also suffer from fickle bike syndrome.....and there are worse things in life than that!

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#9 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:28 am

I've only owned two bikes, the first for two years, and the next (and current) one for five and counting.
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#10 Unread post by GS_in_CO » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:31 pm

25 years for the current one. And I don't see anything I'd rather have on the market.
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#11 Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:18 am

My 2006 V-strom has been my go to bike. The only reason I'm considering replacing it is the fact that she's creeping over 160,000 miles. No major work needed yet, but time and wear are starting to show.

I guess how long I hold onto a bike depends on it's fun factor, usability factor and reliability. Though to be honest I held onto my XZ-550 Yamaha Vision for years and that thing was no where near reliable :lol:
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#12 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:52 pm

Shortest: 1980 Honda CB400T, 4 months of 2001. Loved it, recommend it to any rider. Fun, great little bike with a go anywhere attitude. Reason so short is I totaled it missing a corner at 70km/h on the highway. :( http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/CB400T.htm

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#13 Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:28 pm

Kept my '03 GS500 for one season...it was a great bike, but I wanted more power and a little more leg room...bought my MT-01 and still love it, starting the third season...although new girlfriend likes to go for rides, so I might look at a touring bike...probably keep the MT-01 though!

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#14 Unread post by gsJack » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:05 am

I started on a new CB400T that I kept for 6 months and 6k miles and traded in on a new CB750K. Thought the 400 was too underpowered and noisy for freeway use. :) Actually just didn't know how to ride a small bike then. My current 02 GS500 I bought slightly used with 4k miles on it in 03 and have 98.8k miles and 10 years on it and counting now. Have done quite a few 400-500 mile days on the 2 GS500s I've had, seem to be a lot bigger than that first 400. :laughing: Think I must have had current GS longest but I put almost 100k miles on a CM400A in between the 750 and the 500s but don't exactly remember the dates, kept it for a winter bike for a few years along with the GSs.

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#15 Unread post by sapaul » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:30 am

My little RV 90 was the longest around 20 years followed by my Montessa Cota 349 at around 15, since then they have varied, my current GS is now 6 years old the Kymco scoot 7 and the R12R around 18 months
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#16 Unread post by sv-wolf » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:06 pm

The shortest I've ever kept a bike is five years (except when I totalled my SV650 after nine months); the longest is ten. I've always found it difficult parting with a bike. I nearly got rid of my SV1000S (60,000 miles) three weeks aog after realising I hadn't ridden it for nearly nine months. I got it ready to sell and then fell in love with it again. It's doing more miles now than ever
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#17 Unread post by MmeMagpie » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:40 pm

First bike was laid to rest after a year. Was way cheaper to buy a spanking new one off the showroom floor than to keep fixing it. I've had the Shadow since 2004. I expect another 2-4 years out of it (I'm not sure how far past 100k I can expect a 750 to last). As long as it runs and stays reliable, it stays with me.
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#18 Unread post by BobK » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:22 am

I had my Guzzi Nevada for 6 years. I've had my Harley XR1200 for three years now.

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#19 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:52 pm

Had to sell my Volusia after a mere 6 months. I'm at a year and 7 months on the Z750. Definitely considering swapping out the pistons, jugs, and cams for more performance though.
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