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141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« on: October 01, 2013, 08:25:26 pm »
Not sure if this is the right place for this post, but it's not my bike so likely should not be in the Emporium....

Came across this on Craigslist in my search for a suitable Connie to add to my family...This one's just a little outside my target odo range...

     2008 Connie with 141,000 miles....That 28,000/yr for 5 straight years!  Unbelievable, talk about Iron Butt. :truce:

     http://knoxville.craigslist.org/mcy/4102999701.html

At the $5,000 asking price, that's just $.05/mile depreciation.  Hope he gets it.

Anybody here close to that many miles on their '08 or newer Connie?  How many is the C-14 good for if properly maintained?
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013, 08:52:15 pm »
I'm thinking he fat fingered that ad.

Is it just me or does that look like two different colors of silver/blue?

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 09:00:04 pm »

Is it just me or does that look like two different colors of silver/blue?

Most likely a ZX14 tank and he didn't repaint it.


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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 09:17:33 pm »

Is it just me or does that look like two different colors of silver/blue?

Most likely a ZX14 tank and he didn't repaint it.



I wondered about the paint too... Looks more to me like it sat out in the sun forever and the paint on the plastic faded, but not the paint on the metal tank. If the bike does indeed have 141,000 I wouldn't want it... My buddy is selling his '08 w/ 8,000 miles and only asking $6500-

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2013, 09:28:53 pm »
    Well actually it could be less mileage per year. It actually can be over 6 years old. If it was bought the same time as my old C14, it would be 6 years and 3 months. And IIRC, others like MOB and BDF (and others) are in the same ballpark as far as age goes. So if you went with 6 years, it would only be a pitiful 23,500 miles per year.  :))

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 10:48:59 pm »
I have a leisurely 105k as of this week w/o a problem in a iittle less than 6 years. Some are amazed how new it looks and performs, as am I. With TLC there is no reason it can't easily do 200k. I figure she has paid for my enjoyment 3 times over  based on original price (not considering fuel & my maintenance) and even without any resale value. Energizer Bunny.  Hey, that's a good name.
 
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2013, 11:20:10 pm »
I have a leisurely 105k as of this week w/o a problem in a iittle less than 6 years. Some are amazed how new it looks and performs, as am I. With TLC there is no reason it can't easily do 200k. I figure she has paid for my enjoyment 3 times over  based on original price (not considering fuel & my maintenance) and even without any resale value. Energizer Bunny.  Hey, that's a good name.
 
I shoulda said, "If the bike does indeed have 141,000 I wouldn't want it... at that price"

I hope I can manage getting a meager 20+ thousand miles a year on my C14 for the next 5 or 10 years too... :motonoises:.............
But selling it at that point would seem like borderline sacrilege to me. If it must be done, it would happen at wholesale... not $5k- ::)

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 12:19:47 am »
It's possible, but that's an awful lot of dough for that bike with that mileage,  you can get bikes with half the mileage for less...

Couldn't hurt to contact the seller and see if that really is 141k or if that is a typo
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 12:27:11 am »
I know a few C10 owners who personally feel their bikes are worth that much (to them) with more miles, and would not swit0h to C14's since they cannot see what a C14 can do any better for the price. There is  the key word.. Price. To one person this price would be pretty good to an owner who knows what this bike is capable of. To the guy selling it, you are right, he priced it based on his feelings, perhaps not the current market. He probably wants a new bike, lost a job, or divorce..
For me, without a winning lottery ticket, I'm in it for a long haul. Got to think there are a few others too, who keep them for that 'Price' reason longer than most would.

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 01:57:46 am »
The ad says obo. That would indicate 4500 would get the bike. You can part it out for more! I have never seen one, in one piece, for less. I'd say go have a look. That tank though....

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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2013, 04:07:56 pm »

Is it just me or does that look like two different colors of silver/blue?

Most likely a ZX14 tank and he didn't repaint it.



I wondered about the paint too... Looks more to me like it sat out in the sun forever and the paint on the plastic faded, but not the paint on the metal tank. If the bike does indeed have 141,000 I wouldn't want it... My buddy is selling his '08 w/ 8,000 miles and only asking $6500-

Hi LakeTrax...does your friend have an ad up I could see? Been looking for an 08/09 in good shape....

Thanks
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2013, 04:55:18 pm »
Interesting- I have not seen any [non damaged] C-14's for that price or lower.

While the mileage would not put me off, I understand it would most people and so the bike has little resale value. It is not so much a question of what it is worth as it is whether anyone would really want it. I am in a similar boat with my '08 nearing 100K- it just isn't 'trade- in' material, and the retail market pretty much dries up also because there are other bikes around with a lot fewer miles on them.

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It's possible, but that's an awful lot of dough for that bike with that mileage,  you can get bikes with half the mileage for less...

Couldn't hurt to contact the seller and see if that really is 141k or if that is a typo
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2013, 06:08:15 pm »
Hi LakeTrax...does your friend have an ad up I could see? Been looking for an 08/09 in good shape....

Thanks
Charles

Here ya go Charles...

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,46482.0.html

If interested, send a PM for contact info-
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2013, 01:59:32 am »
Thanks very much Jesse! PM sent...... :great:
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2013, 10:38:10 pm »
I have 108,000 on my 08 and plan to reach 200,000. Hasn't needed anything but tires and fluids (and a few parts me and my wife broke). :-[  I just bought and Ohlins for it but mainly because I had a 25% off coupon.
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2013, 01:58:54 am »
As others have said, that's a pretty rich price if it does actually have the 141K on the clock.  I picked up my '10 ABS/TC with 47K on the clock for $7,500 and I thought it was still a bit high, but of course that didn't stop me!  -I have all the service records and the PO didn't do anything other than normal service and lots of tires!


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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2013, 12:43:29 pm »
This thread was both good news and not so, for me. The good news is the several 100K plus C-14s mentioned. That's inspiring. The not so is maybe I paid a tiny bit high for my '08 ABS with 35K miles. $6250. But there are usually not many quality used motos available within 100 miles of my home town. So I happily paid it since since I didn't have to travel to get it. I have travelled between 250 and 800 miles to buy bikes in the past.
As for Connie longevity.... Correct me if I am mistaken, but my "Belief System"is that any Japanese motorcycle, if maintained (mostly oil changes)and not thrashed,  will last 100K miles. Am I deluded? A couple years ago at an ADV rally,  I saw a 4 year old 2008 KLR650 with 98,000 miles on it...... And if a SINGLE can do that.......
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2013, 01:25:16 pm »
This thread was both good news and not so, for me. The good news is the several 100K plus C-14s mentioned. That's inspiring. The not so is maybe I paid a tiny bit high for my '08 ABS with 35K miles. $6250. But there are usually not many quality used motos available within 100 miles of my home town. So I happily paid it since since I didn't have to travel to get it. I have travelled between 250 and 800 miles to buy bikes in the past.
As for Connie longevity.... Correct me if I am mistaken, but my "Belief System"is that any Japanese motorcycle, if maintained (mostly oil changes)and not thrashed,  will last 100K miles. Am I deluded? A couple years ago at an ADV rally,  I saw a 4 year old 2008 KLR650 with 98,000 miles on it...... And if a SINGLE can do that.......

Modern metals and machining, along with better quality lubricants should mean that pretty much any newer engine designed within the past 5-10 years should easily go well over 100k miles, if, as you said, it's properly maintained.

Change the oil, don't beat the heck out of it all the time, and show it some love, I see no reason why a C14 can't go 200k+. With how much love I've put into mine, and with how many miles I'm putting on it (purchased new in February of this year, will hit 17k before the end of the month) I'm shooting for between 150-200k miles. At that point, parting it out means other C14s get to live on (I know, a very Dionysian approach...).  :)
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2013, 10:36:38 pm »
This thread was both good news and not so, for me. The good news is the several 100K plus C-14s mentioned. That's inspiring. The not so is maybe I paid a tiny bit high for my '08 ABS with 35K miles. $6250. But there are usually not many quality used motos available within 100 miles of my home town. So I happily paid it since since I didn't have to travel to get it. I have travelled between 250 and 800 miles to buy bikes in the past.
As for Connie longevity.... Correct me if I am mistaken, but my "Belief System"is that any Japanese motorcycle, if maintained (mostly oil changes)and not thrashed,  will last 100K miles. Am I deluded? A couple years ago at an ADV rally,  I saw a 4 year old 2008 KLR650 with 98,000 miles on it...... And if a SINGLE can do that.......

I think you did pretty well on your '08, as you said it is hard to find Connie's for a good price in this area.  I went from Seattle to Coeur D'Alene to get mine.  As to longevity, these bike's are tanks and can easily go 100K with little to nothing done, and probably will do 150-200K with nothing more than a clutch and the normal maintenance.


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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2013, 04:21:56 pm »
i called the owner in the ad and asked if the mileage is correct or a typo...waiting a response. (i am in no way interested, just looking into it for you guys)  :)
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2013, 03:31:35 am »
ok, i spoke to the owner, he is the 2nd owner and confirms it's 141k meticulously maintained  miles, yet he only put about 1k on it himself and  got skerd, said it's just too much motorcycle for him..he would entertain trades eg; a nice c10 or cash works. also said he will negotiate the rice and mentioned $3500 to me...just call him, he's a nice guy with some health issues.  his name is tom and number is (865)-291-7428
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Re: 141,000 Miles - Is that Even Possible?
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2013, 08:23:37 pm »
Heck,  If I were closer.....  "Meticulously maintained" .  Mine USED to be.....  See my newest post.
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