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I am looking at one with 16,000 miles. Is this too high for this bike? Generally what would be considered high mileage on a bike?
 

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16,000 isn't very high for the SV's if it was taken care of. My 05 has 16,000 on it now (bought early last year with 8,000) with no problems...
 

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Are you looking at mine, because if not, you should.....;D


I've actually got 17k on it now, but it still runs like the day I got it. It's all about proper maintenance on any vehicle. If it has been maintained, short of a factory defect, it should run for a long time.
 

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I bought mine pre-owned in the fall of 06 with 1,500 mi on it, now at the begining of my 3rd season it has just under 20k on it. From this I conclude that if you buy from a guy who only rides 500 mi a year you could expect to purchase an 03 with only 3k miles on it. If I'd bought mine new in 03 & you were buying from me you could expect the bike to have about 54k mi on it.
 

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I bought mine pre-owned in the fall of 06 with 1,500 mi on it, now at the begining of my 3rd season it has just under 20k on it. From this I conclude that if you buy from a guy who only rides 500 mi a year you could expect to purchase an 03 with only 3k miles on it. If I'd bought mine new in 03 & you were buying from me you could expect the bike to have about 54k mi on it.
True, I bought my 03 a year ago with 9k on it. I'm at 17k now.
 

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Original owner of an '06 with 36,000km (22,000mi) and running fine!
 

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I am looking at one with 16,000 miles. Is this too high for this bike? Generally what would be considered high mileage on a bike?
4k/yr is average milage, 16k on an 03 would be considered low milage
 

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That's around the time I really noticed the cheap rear shock being fairly clapped out. No big deal. Still ran it for another 20,000 miles.

Started noticing the steering stem bearings and cush-drive rubbers could definitely stand to be replaced around 30-35K

Valve clearances didn't run out of spec until around 38K

When I get the funds together I'll be replacing the steering stem, wheel (F&R), swingarm, and shock linkage bearings + cush rubbers @ around 42K

I've never owned a bike that demanded such little maintenance outside of what's reccommended. ****...I didn't even have to replace the fork seals until 38K
 
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