Maybe a bit of an ambitious title, but it reflects the general idea.
My 1100 GS failed on me (broken gear box, don't want to go into it) and I 'm looking for a new bike.
She was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute I rode... but not so much the times she didn't ride.
It wasn't thàt often, but I 'm still quite afraid to make the final balance for that bike (My guess isn't very optimistic)
Anyway, she stopped at 250 000 km (that's 155 342 mile, google tells me) a bit less on the display though
(I took it the last 150k km in three years)
Now I 'm looking for something new, something that might last me a bit longer.
I am hoping to find a bike that will go for 300 000 km, with fairly limited technical interventions.
Don't get me wrong, I don't expect a sorrow free ride, but I don't want to strand up every half a year either.
And not needing to spend the same amount on repairs every two years as the bike costs itself.
Does it still exist, are manufacturers still making machines that simply work?
So if you would happen to know a bike (any model, any make) that fits the description (or at least the 300 000 km part) and would care to list the costs made to keep it on the road...
I'll start, although at the moment i'm only listing the things I experianced...
R 1100 GS '94
small stuff during use: let's estimate that at 500 euro
120k km: clutch pushrod stuck; 800 Euro
190k km: clutch started to slip; 250 Euro
220k km: driveshaft broken; 650 Euro
240k km: gearbox broken; 300 euro's trying to find a cheap replacement and gave up
(for a guaranteed replacement: 1500 euro)
while searching for a gearbox solution, I overheard that the previous owner had some serious repairwork on the same items not long before he sold.
that would mean that about every 110k km I'd be looking at the above total.
that's not really something I appreciate in a bike so I'm hoping to find an alternative.
(i'm not including regular maintenance because that's the same for every bike)
Who would like to write a testimony about a bike that was is