What is the Life Expectancy of a Motorcycle?


As your bike gets older and the mileage covered increases, you start experiencing some little problems here and there. Of course, wear and tear are expected but you start questioning if you should start looking for credible and affordable motorcycle imports

I have to confess, I don’t have a precise answer as to the lifespan of your bike. So many factors have to be considered for a specific answer including the brand, model, roads, maintenance, etc. However, I’ll narrow it down for you and we can see the average life expectancy of your wheels. 

Generally, if you’ve had zero accidents or major breakdowns, you have a good 12 to 15 years in your hands. And with excellent upkeep and maintenance schedule especially for high-end rides, you get more than 15 years. The opposite is also true. A low-end ride that has been poorly maintained won’t last as long. 

In the many years, I have been a rider, I have learned to look at the mileage chart to gauge the life cycle of my motorcycle engine. When it gets to 100000KM, well, start shopping for a replacement. If you’re always in well-paved or tarmacked roads, you can add a little bit to the 100K. But if you love riding hard on rough roads, you better subtract several thousand from the 100K to start shopping.  

You might ask, “What is considered high mileage on a bike?” In my opinion, 40K – 50K miles is high however, it’s not a guarantee that the bike is of a low quality than a low mileage one. You’ll have to consider the brand, condition, maintenance, and model. 

Adding to the mechanical issues, there are visible elements on the bike that can give you a clue on the condition of your vehicle. For example, rust stains on the bike surface is a clear indication of a properly used bike that needs to be replaced. 

Other bike wear and tear signs include:

  • Worn-out clutch
  • Rusty brakes and chains
  • A dirty exhaust pipe
  • Battery with low acid levels
  • Worn out tires you can always check the Tear Wear Indicator (TWI)

Also, if your bike has more than one major mechanical failure within a short time frame it’s time you start looking for a replacement. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had the bike, frequent major break downs end up being more expensive to repair cumulatively than getting another bike. I know it’s hard to replace a bike that’s just a few years old. But, if you consider the time and money spend in a garage, getting a new one might be a better option.