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Jerry Godell
Male Senior Member
441 Posts


Kansas City, kansas
USA

Harley-Davidson

FXD SuperGlide

Posted - 08/16/2005 :  10:38 PM   DetailDetail                        Like
Poll Question:
How Many Miles do you Average per Year?

Results:
0-500   [0%] 0 votes 
500-2000   [10%] 10 votes 
2000-5000   [36%] 35 votes 
5000-10,000   [33%] 32 votes 
10,000-25,000   [19%] 18 votes 
25,000 50,000   [2%] 2 votes 
50,000 100,000   [0%] 0 votes 
= Guests (41 votes)


Poll Status: Closed  »»   Total Votes: 97 counted  »»   Last Vote: 11/16/2005 8:30 PM 

James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17381 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 08/17/2005 :  9:14 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
What is interesting about this poll is that the statistics provided by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) show that the average motorcycle is ridden only about 160 miles per month for a total of only 1,920 miles per year.

Clearly our members are not 'average' in that regard and they are not hyping the goods and making outrageous claims of doing 100,000 miles per year either.
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BadaBing
Male Advanced Member
1196 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Harley-Davidson

Heritage Classic 04

Posted - 09/05/2005 :  1:32 PM
James,

I would be interested in the region of the USA distribution linked to the responses to this poll as southern climes promote year-round riding (like in Texas).

My friend in Cleveland has his bike in storage for roughly 5 months and this significantly diminishes his annual mileage. Just a thought.

Ciao,

BadaBing
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jimvw57
New Member
21 Posts


Red Wing, MN
USA

Peer Review: Blocked

Posted - 09/10/2005 :  5:42 PM
I try to ride to work as often as possible to save on the gasoline costs. And it is a lot more fun getting there. Round trip to work and back is just short of 85 miles so a few trips a week add up quickly. Weekends are usually a cruise or two of roughly 200 miles.
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/11/2005 :  11:26 AM
If anyone knows, please tell me how NHTSA can estimate average miles
per month (or any other time period) ?

Is it Voodoo, or do they have some realistic manner of making these
estimates ?

...ED
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kiddal
Male Advanced Member
1561 Posts
[Mentor]


SE, Indiana
USA

Kawasaki

KLR650

Posted - 09/11/2005 :  4:06 PM
quote:
Originally posted by amazngrace

If anyone knows, please tell me how NHTSA can estimate average miles
per month (or any other time period) ?

Ask them. They may tell you.
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jollyroger
Advanced Member
2157 Posts
[Mentor]


St. Charles, MO
USA

Harley-Davidson

Springer Classic

Posted - 09/12/2005 :  12:19 PM
quote:
Originally posted by amazngrace

If anyone knows, please tell me how NHTSA can estimate average miles
per month (or any other time period) ?

Is it Voodoo, or do they have some realistic manner of making these
estimates ?

...ED


Won't say voodoo doesn't play a part in it, but if you're willing to go asking or digging, here's a start:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/depart...rd-30/ncsa/#
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/15/2005 :  6:03 PM
Went to a traffic safety seminar on Wednesday. There were Va. State
traffic experts present and I took the opportunity during a break to
ask how the state and NHTSA came up with miles traveled per year for the different type vehicles. The reply was that these were based on VDOT estimates and that these were passed along to NHTSA.

I said "so you're saying this is Vodoo", and the answer was "that pretty well covers it".

So I guess I have my answer.


...ED
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/15/2005 :  6:08 PM
A while back when I was in the service we used to call this kind of thing a WAG,,,

Wild Ass Guess !

...ED
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Gs82Seca650
Male Advanced Member
1990 Posts
[Mentor]


Southern, PA
USA

Yamaha

1982 XJ 650 R Seca

Posted - 09/16/2005 :  7:10 AM
LOL ED!!
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don_hud
Advanced Member
1077 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, Texas
USA

Yamaha

1997 Virago XV1100

Posted - 09/16/2005 :  7:54 AM
In the private sector, not using military intellegence, it is call a SWAG.
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/16/2005 :  1:28 PM
don_hud, You're going to have to tell me, my imagination is runnig wild!!

...ED
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don_hud
Advanced Member
1077 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, Texas
USA

Yamaha

1997 Virago XV1100

Posted - 09/16/2005 :  1:54 PM
Scientific Wild A$$ Guess.
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/19/2005 :  7:46 AM
LOL, Thanks Don !!!


...ED
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amazngrace
Male Standard Member
204 Posts


Townsend, Virginia
USA

Kawasaki

1986 Concours

Posted - 09/19/2005 :  7:52 AM
I'm on 13 posts and this one will take me off that. I'm not really
superstitious (yeah, right!) but why take the chance !!

...ED
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sixsigma
Male Advanced Member
801 Posts


Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Suzuki

Marauder vz 805

Posted - 07/13/2006 :  5:54 PM
I would hazard an educated guess, based on statistical reference, that on the licence tag/plate renewals D.O.T. that they would ask for current miles on the vehicle (they do this in Canada in Kms upon yearly renewal) therefore they can "marry up" the previous profile and provide the stats with reasonable accuracy.

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RoadkingLarry
Male New Member
18 Posts


Chelsea, oklahoma
USA

Harley-Davidson

RoadKing

Posted - 07/24/2006 :  5:00 PM
A year or so ago I think it was the MRF that put out a report on State DOTs reports to NHTSA that included motorcycle mile driven several states, including Florida, Oklahoma and South Dakota reported 0 motorcycle miles for several years.Voodoo maybe closer than you think.
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17381 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 07/24/2006 :  5:09 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
NHTSA reports that the average motorcyclist in the U.S. rides only about 2,000 per year.
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Nicolas27
Male Senior Member
364 Posts
[Mentor]


Atlanta, Georgia
USA

Honda

'06 Aero

Posted - 07/24/2006 :  10:39 PM
pfff, my wife and I (mostly me) have put 4k on my new moto in the 2 months that I've had it.

I'm not going to buy a bike and *not* ride it.

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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17381 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 07/24/2006 :  11:00 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
Yep. That's the kind of mileage I put on my bikes for the first 20 years of riding, or so. I now do probably a little less than 1,000 a month. But we all know motorcyclists who don't ride motorcycles - at least not very often. Their bike's stay in their garages except for the occassional 50 mile ride with friends. They bring the average down to about 160 miles per month in the U.S. and they also never gain any experieince - always newbies, month after month after month.
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debodezine
New Member
18 Posts


Sterling, Co
USA

Kawasaki

900 Vulcan Classic

Posted - 02/07/2007 :  10:56 PM
I am looking at a used bike and it has been a few years since I have owned one but it is a 1995 Honda Shadow 1100 American Classic with 25000 miles is this normal or should I shy awaway it is priced at 2000.00
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