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    High Kms On Bikes - How many is too many? Looking at buying High Km R1 almost 80k

    Hi Guys,

    Looking for advice on buying an 07 R1 with almost 80K on the clock.

    Now im no stranger at owning bikes with high Kms (usually Cruisers) but not sure on the Supersport category.

    Any advise what i should stay clear of, or look out for is appreciated.

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    My CBR has 110k on it, bought at 100k with good service history, only one previous owner since new and I know they care for their bikes so it was a relatively safe buy.

    Only age-related issue I've experienced so far is a brittle HISS ingition cable which would stall the bike when the handlebars turned right. Sorted it with a bit of new wire and solder been going strong since.

    I guess the usual things to check...electrics, tyres, suspension, rotors, lever cable, strange engine noises and ensure a good service history.

    One problem with high km bikes is noone seems to keep them long enough to build a knowledge base of common problems to look out for outside the norm.
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    A bike with 20k kms and no service history is worse than a 60k km bike with complete service history. If the owner has looked after it, then you'll be able to tell either by the bike presenting well and/or the service history complementing that. My old Daytona had 60k kms on it (I bought it with 8) and I would like to think I took pretty good care of it, I also had a complete logbook of all the servicing I'd done myself in case I ever needed to check when I did something.

    If the dude gives you a weird vibe or can't answer a maintenance-related question (ie what oil did you last use, where was it changed, who did it, when etc.) then I'd pull out. Otherwise if he's pretty transparent and the price is right, go for it. Loads of cheap low-km bikes on GT at the moment though..
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    07 R1 have valve stem issues, plenty of threads on r1 forum.
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    Not an R1 but my 04 ZX10R has 54000 and still going pretty bloody strong, depends on what you plan on doing with it too.

    If it looks like its been looked after and isn't rattling or smoking probably not too much more than the normal to worry about.
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    I have about 125,000 k's on an 08 R1. About the only thing that has gone wrong is the slipper clutch backlash washer/spring things in it needed to be changed at about the 50,000 k's mark. Part no. 23 here: http://www.boats.net/parts/search/Ya...TCH/parts.html

    Still has the original clutch plates in it. One valve was a bit out of tolerance at the 40,000 k's service and was shimmed, the 100,000 k's service, the valves were fine. Still goes like a rocket. Been through brake pads, chains and sprockets, the usual stuff.

    The only problem I have at the moment is it won't start unless I hold the throttle open a little bit, which I think might have something to do with the throttle bits and pieces wearing out of adjustment. Starts fine when its warm.

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    Did they balance the throttle bodies after valve clearance adjustment.

    Sounds odd also to have only one valve out of spec
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    Don't know, is that something that should be done?

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    Yes
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    I was riding my 1999 R1 to 80,000km and it was still riding as New. Never had any problems with it. Only sold it because I moved to Australia.

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    I have an 88 GPX that has 80,000km showing, could have gone around though at that age.
    Still goes well, when I put it back together

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    gpx250 isnt a high strung litre bike thats either on the back wheel or parked for most of its life.
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    012 10 still goes like fuck at 120k+
    No oil burning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMeanie View Post
    012 10 still goes like fuck at 120k+
    No oil burning.
    It rides nicely apart from the fucking steering stem bearings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanoceros View Post
    It rides nicely apart from the fucking steering stem bearings
    I don't know what you are on about. Works fine for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny D View Post
    gpx250 isnt a high strung litre bike thats either on the back wheel or parked for most of its life.
    I'd actually turn that theory on it's head: far easier to stress a GPX250 than a litre bike these days. Unless you are doing a lot of trackdays (not likely in last 12 months ) then most litre bikes do it pretty easy.

    Unfortunately there is no cut and dried answer to the "high km's?" question, it's gonna be a gut call based on bike condition/history but for sure you'd expect a discount against lower mileage machines or it's not worth even looking at: at some stage you are gonna try need to sell it and it won't be easy.

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