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Should I Buy a High-Milage Harley Davidson?

If you have been dreaming of a Harley, this may be your top buying question


If you grew up with a love for motorcycles, and have your heart set on a Harley Davidson, your first purchase is a really big deal. Although you may ride it like you stole it, the bottom line is that you have to buy one, to ride one. So if you are checking out the marketplace, you may wonder: “Should I buy a high-milage Harley Davidson?” The answer can vary, so let’s dive in.



What Makes a Harley Davidson Motorcycle High-Milage?


Generally speaking, a Harley Davidson is considered a larger motorcycle. With the ever familiar V-twin 45 degree configuration engine, these well built machines are built to last, and produce unmistaken riding power. With that in mind, any vehicle has a point where it is considered high-milage, and for a Harley Davidson, this runs in about the 40k-50k mile area.


Should I Consider a High-Milage Harley?


When you are ready to purchase a used Harley Davidson, it is very important that you do your due diligence. What may look good to the eye, may have been ridden hard. Milage does count when you are shopping around for your ride. While it may not say everything about a bike, it can be a decent indicator of the age and health of the motorcycle.


Some things to ask while considering your purchase:


  • How many owner’s has this bike had?

  • Did the owner of the motorcycle store it properly when not in use?

  • Was this bike riden on a daily basis, or was it a weekend ride?

  • Did the previous owner(s) stick to the recommended maintenance schedule?

Getting a sense for who owns the motorcycle, it’s intended use, maintenance, and upkeep will lend more to the bigger picture if you are considering a higher milage Harley. A well kept and well used machine may be better than a low milage bike that was not well maintained and driven really hard.


Got Questions? BJ’s Cycles has Answers


BJ’s Cycles is a premier Harley Davidson shop serving Des Moines, IA and the surrounding areas. If you have questions about Harley Davidson service, maintenance, parts, and more, we are happy to answer your questions. If you made that first purchase, and want to give your new ride the once-over, give us a call, or contact us to schedule an appointment. Our goal is to help give you the best ride of your life!


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