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What Is The Average Life Expectancy of a Motorcycle?

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
What Is The Average Life Expectancy of a Motorcycle?

As a motorbike gets older and its mileage grows it will inevitably begin to develop small problems that require attention and further investment. Faced by this situation we will start to wonder if the time has come to replace the motorcycle. There is no precise answer to how long a motorbike lasts as everything depends on how we have used and maintained it, the model, brand and the condition of the roads on which we have traveled, among other factors. To help find out more about the life span of a motorcycle, at OneHowTo we explain what is the average life expectancy of a motorbike.

Twelve to Fifteen years

On average, if the motorcycle has not suffered any accidents or major falls, it can last twelve to fifteen years. This period can be extended if it is a high-end vehicle that has had impeccable upkeep and maintenance, in addition to having been lucky enough to not suffer any falls. On the contrary, if we skipped appointments with the mechanic and the motorbike is a low-end model, we must get our heads around the fact that it is unlikely to last so long. In this article we explain how to care for your motorbike.

100,000 kilometres

Mileage is another important factor in assessing whether the life of a motorcycle engine is coming to an ended. Once a motorcycle engine has reached 100,000 km, it may be time to start thinking about finding a replacement, as this is a respectable mileage to clock up. If we usually travel on roads that are in good condition (well paved and without potholes), we can add some kilometers to this figure. If you have ridden your motorcycle hard, or along rough or unpaved roads, then you may have to do the opposite and subtract a few thousand kilometers from this figure.

What Is The Average Life Expectancy of a Motorcycle? - 100,000 kilometres

Condition

In addition to mechanical issues, there are externally visible aspects of a motorbike that can give us clues that it is nearing the end of it's life. For example, the existence of many areas with rust, or oil stains on the vehicle surface reveal that we have already used it a lot and that it may be time to think about buying a new motorbike.

What Is The Average Life Expectancy of a Motorcycle? - Condition

Breakdowns and Mechanical Issues

If a motorbike suffers from more than one major mechanical problem in a short space of time, then it may be time to consider looking for a new bike. Even if the motorbike is not very old, if it breaks down frequently then in the long run it will be more expensive than buying a new bike.

Replacing a motorbike that is only a few years old is a difficult decision, but it can help to do some calculations on what we spend in the garage and compare that to the cost of a new motorbike.

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Rado Balibalos
very useful, brief and precise! Thanks a lot!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Rado, you're very welcome!

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