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James R. Davis
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17361 Posts
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Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500
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Posted - 06/27/2006 :  7:50 AM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend    DetailDetail                        Like
Poll Question:  (Only members can see/vote)
As has been suggested, our other currently running poll seeks to find out how many years of riding experience you have but that fails to discriminate between the casual rider who does 50 Miles per month and the more involved rider who does something like 1,000 miles per month. 12 months in that other poll is 1 year of 'experience'.

So this poll asks you how many total miles you have ridden in your lifetime on two wheels.

I have been gathering this kind of information on the main board for about 8 years but it is an anonymous poll and has no 'controls' about it which leads to 12 year olds claiming to have 1 million miles of riding experience, for example. I cull the obvious frauds, but it remains, nonetheless, highly suspect. This poll is for our registered members only.


Results:
< 1,000 miles   [15%] 11 votes 
>= 1,000 to < 5,000 miles   [21%] 15 votes 
>= 5,000 to < 20,000 miles   [21%] 15 votes 
>= 20,000 miles to < 50,000 miles   [18%] 13 votes 
>= 50,000 miles to < 100,000 miles   [12%] 9 votes 
>= 100,000 miles to < 200,000 miles   [10%] 7 votes 
>= 200,000 miles to < 300,000 miles   [3%] 2 votes 
>= 300,000 miles to < 400,000 miles   [0%] 0 votes 
>= 400,000 miles to < 500,000 miles   [0%] 0 votes 
>= 500,000 miles   [1%] 1 votes 


Poll Status: Closed  »»   Total Votes: 73 counted  »»   Last Vote: 07/26/2006 10:56 AM 
Niebor
Ex-Member

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  9:12 AM
Though horribly subjective, I took >50 & <100. Fully half the bikes I have owned didn't have a working odometer. In addition, off road miles are acculmulated at a much slower rate. On three street bikes, including this one, which is after two years, is at 15k, i'd guess about 35k total. Leaves the remaining 15k distributed over half a dozen dirt bikes and enduros. Should be very conservative. With endless days in the back country, my guess is the number is much higher, perhaps closer to the 100k side.
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17361 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  9:33 AM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
Ain't polls always just like that? The questions would have to be endlessly detailed and specific in order to get any meaningful conclusions from responses, and there would have to be painstaking controls (such as preventing answers like > 500,000 miles for respondents who also claimed to have two years of riding experience.)

Anyway, we muddle along and try to have fun along the way. Thanks for contributing.
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Seleena
Female Standard Member
120 Posts


Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Yamaha

XS650 HS 1984

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  1:04 PM
I rode dirt bikes as a kid, but didn't count that. It's a completely different way of riding (it was also a few years ago). Since I started riding last year (this is my second year), I ride back and forth every day from work and weekend fun riding. Probably somewhere in between 2-5k at this point.
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Mikeydude
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744 Posts
[Mentor]


Ft. Worth, Texas
USA

Harley-Davidson

03 FXD Super Glide

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  1:44 PM
I voted >1,000 to <5,000 miles. I rode motorcycles a lot when I was a kid, but I don't count any of that. It was mostly on a Honda 90 and a Yamaha 250 Enduro. In my early 20s I rode exclusively for a couple of years, and thats what I actually counted. That 1000-5000 may be a little conservative, but it's a close representation. I've only ridden about 250 miles on the current bike.
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17361 Posts
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Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  1:59 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
Some statistics I've read that appear credible to me suggest that the typical motorcycle rider in the United States averages only 160 miles per month on two wheels. That's less than 2,000 miles per year.

I used to ride between 1,000 and 2,000 miles per month, especially when I lived in California, but more recent years I find my average miles on two wheels to be more like 1,000 per month. In fact, if you divided my total lifetime miles by the number of months in 43 years you would find that my lifetime average is only a bit over 1,000 miles per month.

So, if you have real doubts about how many miles *YOU* have in the saddle you can take the number of months you've been riding times what you know is a typical month of riding and that will probably be pretty close. If you think you average less than 100 miles or more than 1,000 miles per month you are probably 'unusual' in your riding habits, but only you would know that. If you think you are averaging more than 2,000 miles per month, the odds are you are looking at too short a time frame to represent an average for a year, but it's certainly possible.

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Gs82Seca650
Male Advanced Member
1990 Posts
[Mentor]


Southern, PA
USA

Yamaha

1982 XJ 650 R Seca

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  2:23 PM
I am in the "lead" pack with over 20K but less than 50K total.

I have had my MC license for over 8yrs now, but there was a span of about 4-5yrs when I was completly off of two wheels.

I think the range I choose is close to my total, but I am probably closer to 50K....

I cannot imagine having OVER 500K miles on two wheels......that is definatly HARD CORE riding IMO! I hope to someday reach that milestone.....AND be accident free like James has been and lord willing will continue to be.
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Indiana Randy
Moderator
2118 Posts
[Mentor]


Fort Wayne, Indiana
USA

Honda

2000 Magna V4 750

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  4:04 PM
quote:
So, if you have real doubts about how many miles *YOU* have in the saddle you can take the number of months you've been riding times what you know is a typical month of riding and that will probably be pretty close.


Except for those of us in the North who only have 6-7-8 months to ride.
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SteveS
Male Advanced Member
1208 Posts
[Mentor]


Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Harley-Davidson

2018 Tri-Gliide

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  4:47 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Indiana Randy

quote:
So, if you have real doubts about how many miles *YOU* have in the saddle you can take the number of months you've been riding times what you know is a typical month of riding and that will probably be pretty close.


Except for those of us in the North who only have 6-7-8 months to ride.



Ft. Wayne is north?
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VixxWater
Standard Member
222 Posts


Portland, OR
USA

Kawasaki

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  5:01 PM

wow, who has over 500,000 miles on 2 wheels !!!???

how much of that is commute miles? vs. touring??
over how many years?

That would be over 100 miles per day 20 days a month for 20 years!!
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James R. Davis
Male Administrator
17361 Posts
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Houston, TX
USA

Honda

GoldWing 1500

Posted - 06/28/2006 :  5:12 PM Follow poster on Twitter  Join poster on Facebook as Friend  
And your point being?
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timbo
Advanced Member
594 Posts


Uxbridge
United Kingdom

BMW

R1100S

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  3:02 PM
I well remember trading in one of my BMW's a few years ago, and Ron at thedealers saying to me "Tim, you've got to understand that the average annual mileage on a BMW is only about 2500." At that time I was commuting 50 miles a day = >10,000 per year.

In terms of my lifetime total, I have been commuting since 1987, started off with 27 miles per day (plus fun miles), in 1994 moved up to 60 miles a day. Prior to that I had bikes but they were for fun only (bicycled to work). I now have a mid life crisis car as well (a convertable) so my annual bike mileage has dropped.

So I reckon my mileage is about 150,000 (ish) - too much of it around the M25 .

Tim
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prodrunkbot
Male Junior Member
28 Posts


chattanooga, tn
USA

Honda

vlx

Posted - 07/04/2006 :  12:08 PM
i think i might have shot a little high. but you have to keep in mind that im 29 and i had a truck for about 6 months when i was 17 other than that its been bikes. a lot of my miles are to and from work( atleast 60 a week)and while i do feel pretty adept riding in trafic i dont know how these miles really ad up. a lot of weeks if im busy i never see more than 35 or 40 mph.
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Rumbler
Starting Member
5 Posts


Sammamish, Wa
USA

Harley-Davidson

Sportster

Posted - 07/12/2006 :  7:19 PM
Don't really know what my mileage is, 30,000 on 1 bike and probably 12-15k on 2 others.
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hexanerax
Male New Member
17 Posts


Bangalore, Karnataka
India

Enfield

Lightning 535 / 350

Posted - 08/28/2006 :  2:26 AM
I have 120000 Km on my Royal Enfield single. Most of that on Himalayan Mountain Roads (or what passes for roads up there).That is approx 75000 Mi in 8 years.
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Sirius
Female Standard Member
202 Posts


EDM, AB
Canada

Harley-Davidson

Posted - 08/28/2006 :  9:47 AM
quote:

Except for those of us in the North who only have 6-7-8 months to ride.



You are lucky to have that many months... we have usually 6 months max of good weather riding. 14C/57F this morning...
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sgtwoodro
Starting Member
1 Posts


K.C., mo
USA

Yamaha


Peer Review: Blocked

Posted - 11/30/2006 :  8:36 PM
Not including my bicycle, or the 66 chevy van that I had on two wheels for about 3 seconds, 7500+.

My scoot was stolen and I have yet to replace it, so that number is not going to change for a while.

However, I have been know to winter ride in <30F weather. I had wrecked my truck and the scoot was my only transportation. Thankfully it was dry the whole time.
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John Henry
Male Advanced Member
535 Posts
[Mentor]


Houston, TX
USA

Harley-Davidson

2005 FLHRCI

Posted - 12/04/2006 :  8:36 PM
I passed 50K on my (slightly less than) 2 year old Road King over Thanksgiving, and had 30K on the first one (which, unfortunately, kissed the road too hard at a year and 3 months). Add the 30K I did earlier in life on 3 Hondas and I'm at 110K total. Liked them all, or at least almost all of them.
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Mako
Male Starting Member
2 Posts


MYRTLE BEACH, SC
USA

Honda

Goldwing

Posted - 10/22/2008 :  7:42 PM
Rode to work in Washington DC for over 30 years, all year long.
Did not ride for fun much during this time. Retired in 2003 and now riding over 10k a year for fun, just came back from ride of 30 days going into 23 different states, over 8600 miles.

Have ridden well over 100k on the highway
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HondaGL500Rider
Male Starting Member
8 Posts


St. Joseph, MO
USA

Honda

GL500

Posted - 12/25/2008 :  8:34 PM
Wow, well, I learned something -

There is not a lot of people here that ride very much.

This is a novice forum, ah ha!

No problemo, I understand, good luck and I hope more of you find the time to ride more!
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VodkaAndPickles
Male Advanced Member
589 Posts


Langhorne, PA
USA

Suzuki

Intruder 1500 LC

Posted - 12/26/2008 :  12:07 AM
quote:
Originally posted by HondaGL500Rider

Wow, well, I learned something -

There is not a lot of people here that ride very much.

This is a novice forum, ah ha!

No problemo, I understand, good luck and I hope more of you find the time to ride more!



Well that makes sense, as the most likely group of riders who need motorcycle safety tips and general advice are the inexperienced.

It's not that we don't ride motorcycles, it's just that many of us have not been doing it for very long. I personally have been riding only since August, and have ridden about 2,700 miles since then. Maybe that's not a lot, but that's what my needs are, as my bike is my only source of transportation (haven't needed to rely on trains since I got it, thankfully) and I ride it in pretty much all weather conditions.
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