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Offline ZG

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how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« on: June 14, 2011, 05:20:00 pm »
Hey guys,
I have a C14 but am trying to help my brother in-law find a C10...
 
We are currently looking at one that has 60k miles, do you think that is at or getting to the point of worry for miles on it?? 
 
I know there are many factors to this question like how it was mantained etc, this would be a private party purchase and the seller doesn't have records from prior to him, he's had it for a couple years. So just in general what are your guys thoughts on a C10 with that many miles??
 
Thanks in advance for any help and opinions.

Offline DeansZG

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 06:04:29 pm »

  I think I'd worry more about a low mileage older one than a mid-mileage newer one....  60k is barely starting to get into it's stride...
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Offline anycleavers

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011, 06:48:16 pm »
I don't know where you're located, but this one-owner popped up on CL's today. North Chicago suburbs.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/mcy/2438560985.html

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 07:50:34 pm »
Bought mine with 75k on it.  I was concerned.   I used that "concern" to get a great price ($1600).   The minimal work I've done to it is due to age, not mileage.  We opened the valve cover and it looks like new inside.   I see no reason it can't go another 100k easy.  It's more about condition than mileage.

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011, 08:32:38 pm »
Man I hope that 60,000 isn't a cause for worry, because my bile has 64800 in it and I'm about to drop another $700 in power cams and tires. Seriously though, I too would be worried about a 94 with 5500 miles than a 2004 with 55000 miles. 

Once he finds a C10, send him over to SiSF for overflow tubes at least and the whole shebang if he can swing it. Great guy and make the bike a whole 'nother beast.

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Offline redzgrider

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 08:37:08 pm »
I just got back from a big loop from Orlando through Amarillo, up Independance Pass to Rushmore and Crazy Horse. 4916 miles. Bike had ~75K to start with. Pretty close to 80K today. Independace pass is 12,100 feet. Hardly had to downshift -- and that just for speed control.

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 10:55:24 pm »
As said it's more about routine maintenance then miles, my 86 is close to 68k and still runs great even though it needs carbs cleaned or rebuilt i still ride all over on this thing, problems will crop up but most are minor and can be fixed as i keep learning like yesterday when the horn died.
This is the best place to talk about the connie and get help when needed.


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Offline Bob Young

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 12:55:43 am »
 ;)
Bought my '86 with 59K on the clock from original owner in '03. Currently has 92K on it with very few trips to the dealer. I'm lucky enough to have a few mechanical skills and a whole bunch of "wrenchs" for friends. Unless something very bad happens, I don't see getting rid of this bike for a long, long time.
I think good maintenance is the key.

Take care and ride safe,
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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 01:20:27 am »
I saw a '94 last Sunday...it had 164k on it...if I remember correctly...my '88 is just getting broken-in at 47k!
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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011, 07:03:42 am »
  When you buy an older bike keep in mind you will have to do maintainence and repair yourself. Some parts will wear out and have to be replaced. A dealer will charge you more $$ than what the bike is worth!! The C10 is a very good reliable bike but sooner or later you  will need to do some wrenching. Your first accessory is a shop manual. 
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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011, 12:35:57 pm »
I bought mine with 95k and I used it to bargain the price down. I was a little worried until I read that these bikes can do 200k or more if cared for. A really good pre sale inspection helps, too.
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Offline dbethel

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2011, 02:00:13 pm »
We are currently looking at one that has 60k miles, do you think that is at or getting to the point of worry for miles on it?? 

It should be fine, just look for signs of previous damage and repairs.

D.

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011, 06:56:39 pm »
It should be fine, just look for signs of previous damage and repairs.

D.

She has been down before, to the point of even a reconstructed title, but it was "supposedly" just cosmetic and all the damaged plastic was replaced with new oem. The bike looks clean, and the 60k miles plus the recon title is making it a very low price that it's for sale for, which is why we're considering it... My brother in-law doesn't have much money, but doesn't want to buy a lemon either...  :-\

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2011, 09:02:34 am »
Insurance companies will total a bike for almost any accident. The salvage title is a good bargaining tool for price. Attempt to run a check on the title. Look for a lot of time between the insurance company taking title and the next owner. Many times a salvaged bike will sit on a lot awaiting auction. Take a flashlight and check the tank for rust. Rust will cause problems in the future and could be costly. A salvaged title may make resale difficult in the future.

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Re: how many miles on a C10 before you'd start to worry?
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2011, 11:48:41 am »
My bike has a salvaged title and all new plastics - I got it cheap.  If the maintenance has been kept up, I'd probably start to worry when compression readings got below 100psi or it used more than a quart of oil between oil changes, which on these bikes is probably somewhere around 500,000 I'll bet.  Jew them down hard and ride the wheels off her!
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