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    Harley riders don't ride much.

    A rider named Chris Hopper is doing 100,000 miles in 100 days on a brand new RoadGlide. He just finished up with a bit over 101,000 miles in 100 days.
    Pretty crazy, can you imagine looking at a 6 month old Harley for sale with 101,000 miles and 1-1/2 year of the warranty left?
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    Kinda sorta busts the stereotype about washing & waxing your HD just to trailer it to Daytona Beach.

    Might one say, He's the exception to the rule? Ya just can't judge a book by its cover!

    If'n that's what floats your boat, then good for him! Live to Ride - Ride to Live y'all.

    We all get to make our own decisions - I ride BMWs; he's on a now very well-used Harley...

    We enjoyed our casual CoddiWomple around the USA this summer on BMWs. He rode his fargin arse off...

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    More power to Chris. But I could not afford to do that trip. Fuel, Food, Lodging,/camping, bike maintenance, tires, etc. At least $10 to $12k in a 100 days

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    Quote Originally Posted by grabcon View Post
    More power to Chris. But I could not afford to do that trip. Fuel, Food, Lodging,/camping, bike maintenance, tires, etc. At least $10 to $12k in a 100 days
    I'd guess $75 a day in fuel alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    Pretty crazy, can you imagine looking at a 6 month old Harley for sale with 101,000 miles and 1-1/2 year of the warranty left?
    Better than a 6 year old bike with 10,000 miles!



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    I dunno, i was looking at an ad for a 1999 RT 1100
    with 6,000 miles. WTF? That ain't hardly broke in yet and it's 22 years old. I would have bought it for $1800 but i already have more bikes than i have room for. It even had the topbox on it. I'd like to hear the story on where it's been for 22 years and if that mileage is actually correct.

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    I saw that ad was gone from facebook marketplace this morning.

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    It's not fair to just say Harley Riders don't ride much. LEt's use real data - https://www.bts.gov/content/us-vehicle-miles

    Here are total motorcycle miles in USA (in millions):


    This blog sort of broke down the data based on how many motorcycles are registered: https://powersportsguide.com/average...eage-per-year/

    Looks like the average is 3,000 miles a year and 5-8K for touring motorcycles (for which some HDs do fall into)

    So if any rider, Harley or not is doing more than 3K a year, they're "above average" if a BMW touring rider is doing over 8,000 they're also above average for their segment.

    Also we can't just pick on HD...I come across a lot of low mileage Boxer-GS motorcycles for sale all of the time. Our community is guilty of garage queens as well.
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    My title was meant as irony.

    I know plenty of Harley riders that ride more than the top end of BMW riders.

    We had a met arranged about 700 miles away. One Harley rider pulled in right before the festivities started. I was giving him some crap about being late knowing the type of riding he does. He had left a few days earlier than the rest and He jokingly said he hit a construction detour and had put on over 6,000 miles in seven days. This rider has averaged over 35,000 miles a year for probably 20 years, living in North Dakota.

    Another HD rider I used to know but have lost contact would work a crap load of hours for weeks, or months, then he would get laid off for anywhere from a week to a few months depending on where the work schedule fell. He never really told me what he did, not sure if he could. All I know is he had some government job. He would ask his boss roughly when he needed to be back and tell them to give him a few days notice. He would load up and go. I now on one of his three month leaves he put on just under 50,000 miles in 90 days. He would hop on and just ride. Sad thing that was his only time to ride, The motorcycle sat for the rest of the time other than a quick run here and there if he happened to be home for a day or two, which was rare.

    I realize the average BMW rides more miles than the average HD rider, but I wonder if there is not just as many or more HD riders that pound some real miles. The average gets dragged down a lot as the average motorcycle rider rides roughly 3,000 a year and there a ton of HD riders that meet that description. Also the shear number of HD riders over whelms the number of BMWs out there. BMW riders seem to be a bit more dedicated to miles where the average HD rider is more committed to having a polished up motorcycle parked outside the local bar.
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    And let's not forget those of use with multiple bikes (mistresses, actually) who have to spread the mileage "love."
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    Most long-distance folks are on Harleys

    I rode from Portland, OR to Tampa and back this summer on my R1200GS and it seemed that about 90% of the long-distance riders were on Harleys. Must be a reason. That big seat?? (joke)

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    Harley riders don't ride much

    I call bogus. I am an older long distance tourer. Nobody...Nobody can ride 1,000 miles per day for 100 consecutive days.Just say you like Harleys and leave it at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    If the ride was certified /recognized by the Iron Butt Association then indeed it happened as claimed. The IBA documentation including a log, corresponding fuel receipts, GPS tracking, and other documents makes it virtually certain to have been legitimate.
    Plus, let's not forget that Chris is both an Iron Butt Rally veteran and a Hoka Hey finisher...
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