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    2004 R1150RT Longevity

    Having recently passed 40K (and having survived 6 weeks of diagnosing a phantom electrical problem that turned out to be wires separating at the very base of the ignition switch), I have settled back into roughly 500 miles per week. What sort of longevity, mileage wise, should I expect from this model? I'd like to run it up to 100K, but won't hesitate to switch to a newer and/or lower mileage model if I start leaving a trail of parts.
    R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.

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    My '04 R1150RT-P has 95K on it, much of which was not-gentle California Highway Partol use. Until I took her apart last month to do a "mid-life refresh," she was doing daily commuting duty in DC just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mneblett View Post
    My '04 R1150RT-P has 95K on it, much of which was not-gentle California Highway Partol use. Until I took her apart last month to do a "mid-life refresh," she was doing daily commuting duty in DC just fine.
    My RT was a CHP bike till about 54K and I changed my clutch this summer with 110K and now my FD has gone belly up (well thats what I think). I ride mine daily to commute and it doesn't burn oil or leak. Fires up first try, everything works. Taken me all over the country.

    I'm thinking your bike is a baby with only 40K on it.
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    Figuring high mileage on these bikes is tough. Voni only has 365,00+ miles on her RS, so we really don't know yet if they can handle hi miles.
    however, i'm thinking that your RT with 40K miles can probably manage a few more before you put it out to pasture.
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    It's relative. A bike with a master mechanic attached, but retaining proportionately few original parts isn't what everyone has in mind, though it's undeniably cool. But a bike that never needs service isn't realistic. Somewhere in the middle is nice.
    R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 175781 View Post
    A bike with a master mechanic attached....
    Good point. I too, believe that would contribute significantly to longer motorcycle life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 175781 View Post
    It's relative. A bike with a master mechanic attached, but retaining proportionately few original parts isn't what everyone has in mind, though it's undeniably cool. But a bike that never needs service isn't realistic. Somewhere in the middle is nice.
    You folks would be surprised how few replacement parts are on Voni's R1100RS at 370K miles or my R1150R at 170K miles. Her transmission was replaced under warranty in the early years. I replaced a cam follower. It got a valve job at 300K, and had a broken cam chain guide replaced. Alternator brush holder/regulator a couple of times and one driveshaft at 200K or so. Batteries, of course - and brake disks once. Oh, and a clutch or two.

    My R1150 at 170K has had brake pads and shocks, one regulator, a driveshaft, and brake disks. Oh - and a throttle body on the right side.

    It isn't about needing to replace parts. It is all about careful routine and preventive maintenance by the book. Anybody can buy the book and most can learn to follow it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mneblett View Post
    My '04 R1150RT-P has 95K on it, much of which was not-gentle California Highway Partol use. Until I took her apart last month to do a "mid-life refresh," she was doing daily commuting duty in DC just fine.
    What exactly is a "mid life refresh"? On another note I suspect all BMWs' will go 300,00 miles with enough money thrown after them.
    keep it light enough to travel.....
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    Or all motorcycle's, for that matter. The key is to get there without testing Theseus' paradox.


    Quote Originally Posted by 2bikemike View Post
    What exactly is a "mid life refresh"? On another note I suspect all BMWs' will go 300,00 miles with enough money thrown after them.
    R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 175781 View Post
    Or all motorcycle's, for that matter. The key is to get there without testing Theseus' paradox.
    Had to look that one up. Interesting observation.
    keep it light enough to travel.....
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    I think you understand the cost of ownership and the value of BMW quality so I don't really follow what you are really asking.

    Sure, you could blow a clutch in the next 10,000 miles, or not for another 90,000 miles. Same with a final drive. Same with a headlight.
    Ride your present bike until repair costs get prohibitive and then go buy a new RT and don't obsess.

    Or, just go buy that Harley you're drooling over. There'll be plenty of takers for your 40,000 mile 1150RT

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