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Jan 25th 2016, 07:52 AM   #16
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

  2011 R6, 2015 YZ250FX, 2017 FZ-10, 2018 FS450
I bought my 96 YZ250 in April of 1997 new. I kept it until August 2008. So... 11 years? Still regret selling it.
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Jan 25th 2016, 08:02 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Most of my 80+ are less than 2 years. 2 in 2015 were 2 months or less.
I have a 2000 TW200 I bought new that I still have! Longest ever!
Jan 25th 2016, 09:26 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

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Originally Posted by Redkat600
Going on 5 years now.

Brett?!!!! Where's the RedKatTech Rhubarb Crisp Rack?

How is Stacey gonna properly carry rhubarb crisp without it?

Ooooh, the inhumanity of it all.















Jan 25th 2016, 09:37 AM   #19
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
'83 Honda Nighthawk 650
Bought it new at Renton Honda when they were still in Renton.
Shaft drive niceness. The carbs had to go though after 23 years.

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Jan 25th 2016, 09:39 AM   #20
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  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

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Originally Posted by Redkat600
That was one of the first pics after I bought it. I immediately installed the Arrow cans and PowerCommanderV. Rest assured, both the rhubarb and it's carrier are still here!
Then all is well in Rhubarb Land.
Jan 25th 2016, 10:56 AM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Have to be my 1995 Honda PC800. Bought it new that year and still have it. Mechanically the engine is still a great runner. A few scrapes and scratches after 21 years but still ready to go whenever I am. Best bike I have ever owned or else I would have sold it long ago.
Jan 25th 2016, 11:04 AM   #22
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
I buy good quality bikes, I take care of 'em, and I tend to keep 'em forever.

I usually upgrade the Suspension, Exhaust, Fuel management, Tires, Seat, brakes, etc. No Bling. With current emissions laws, I don't expect a stock bike to do anything well anymore. And I'm not gonna turn around and sell it or trade it in for KBB after that investment.

In the old days of Air-cooled, carburated, hunks of crap, I would sell at about 14K miles because I could feel the bike getting 'loose' and I could recover most of my money. Now, you lose 50% out the door, like a car, so it doesn't make sense.

One of the reasons I do this, is because I got tired of hearing guys say "I wish I hadn't sold my XYZ bike!"

Some bikes have become more desirable over time, and may have been under appreciated when they came out. Only the perspective of time can determine this, so it's kind of like an investment. Euro bikes always tend to hold their value better than Jap bikes, the poor Japs can't get a break. Most bikes tend to settle in at about $5K no matter what bike or how old. That seems to be a lot of people's price point.

Edited by motoman on Jan 25th 2016 at 12:35 PM
Jan 25th 2016, 12:14 PM   #23
mjn
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  Jan 2016
  Kennewick, wa

  '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A etc..
That would be the '81 Seca 550, my third streetbike. Bought it new in '81, still have it. Pretty close to 35 years.

Jan 25th 2016, 01:46 PM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
...Mine was my gpz 550 and owned it for a year and a half before I finally sold it...

...Whats the longest time you have owned a motorcycle?...
14 years and counting for my 2002 998R.

op I remember your GPZ from the other forum classified ads methinks. Now you're just "pigs" and no longer "in space" lol.

Now that you sold the bike we can joke about your ad, yes? If memory serves, you said that the only thing it needed to be a "great bike" was a new gas tank.

I have to ask. How does someone write that stuff with a straight face?

Jan 25th 2016, 02:41 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
Quote:
Originally Posted by Red Label Moto
14 years and counting for my 2002 998R.

op I remember your GPZ from the other forum classified ads methinks. Now you're just "pigs" and no longer "in space" lol.

Now that you sold the bike we can joke about your ad, yes? If memory serves, you said that the only thing it needed to be a "great bike" was a new gas tank.

I have to ask. How does someone write that stuff with a straight face?

I should have said "gas tank + anything else a 30 year old bike that was never care for most of its life needed" but I figured anyone looking at an 80's bike should be expecting the such.

It started burning oil and leaking oil out of the head gasket after I bought my new bike and the clutch started slipping(which it wasn't when I first put the ad up) It was just sitting outside and I wanted it gone. Sold it for $700 dollars all said and done.

And to be fair, it was a great first bike. Taught me pretty much everything I needed to know on working on carbed bikes and was a good commuter for the time being.
Jan 25th 2016, 04:03 PM   #26
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81/500, 2006 GSX-R 1000
Four years on my 06 GSX-R 1000. Put about 11k miles on it in that time. I may upgrade to the new (finally) redesigned 2017 GSX-R 1000 when it comes out.
Jan 25th 2016, 05:22 PM   #27
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
My 1973 250cc Bultaco Pursang. Bought it from my brother in 1975. Raced it for three years. Moved here in 1978. Rode it on the Trask and some local rides but garaged it in about 1981. Pretty much all stock except the front and rear fenders. First over on the piston. When I drained the gas out everything had been working. Sold it in 2004 (I think that was when it was) to someone from Washington state who wanted to race it in vintage motocross. So figure 29 years. Good bike. Reliable. Glad it went to someone who would appreciate it and use it for its original purpose.

Fremont Raceway rough scrambles in 1974. Still my brother's at that time. That's his expert plate.



Washington County, Oregon 2004. My novice plate (forever a "C" student).


Edited by 307T on Jan 25th 2016 at 10:10 PM
Jan 25th 2016, 09:07 PM   #28
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  Jan 2016
  BFE PNW

  V-twins, smokers, and groms
Depends on how you count it. My dad bought a 76 KTM 250 in 79 or 80, I inherited it in 87 or 88, then sold it in 2011. So either 23 or 32 years.
Jan 26th 2016, 07:31 AM   #29
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  Jan 2016
  Olympia

  Tiger 800 XCX, DRZ400SM, Sherco 290st, Harley 350 Sprints, etc
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16 years- Bought a new 1999 BMW K1200LT and after 135,000 miles - sold it in 2015. Picture is of it being un-crated.
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