“Hey, Google. How many miles does the average motorcyclist ride per year?”
Around 3,000 miles
While the average annual mileage of a car ranges between 10,000 to 15,000 miles, motorcycles spend much less time on the Conyers roads. In fact, the average annual mileage for a motorcycle is around 3,000 miles.
That does not surprise me. Of course, that is an average. I have a riding buddy, who reports that he has only put about 600 miles on his Harley this year. We have not been doing a lot of rides together.
I have a few friends like Bob Stransky and Kith Birkenstock who put about 3,000 miles or more on their bikes per month. We tease Kith, who lives in the Atlanta area that he frequently rides to Colorado for lunch. Bob is either riding his BMW GS or his Honda ADV 150 scooter to grab National Park stamps.
As for me, my riding in the past few years has been dismal. The most miles I ever put on a motorcycle in one year was 13,367 in 2010. That was a year that I was riding my 2008 V-Strom 650 on several trips in the East and West. I have several years with five-digit mileage.
And that brings us to today, and the achievement of a goal. I planned to ride at least 6,000 miles this year. That’s a lot more than the past few with Covid and all. A measly 6,000 miles—not even half of my record 2010 year.
But I did it.
Today, I only needed 30.5 miles to reach 6,000 miles for the year, and about 1.5 miles north of Blanchester, Ohio, on SR 123, I pulled over to document the moment.
At 2:40 p.m. EDT, with 4,093 miles on my Moto Guzzi V85tt, and 30.5 miles on the trip meter, I reached the 6,000-mile mark. Everything from here to Dec. 31 is just bonus miles.
Three motorcycles were used to reach this moment. My 2017 Suzuki V-Strom, which I traded on the Moto Guzzi V85tt in March, and my Moto Guzzi V7iii Rough. Love those Guzzis.
See you on the highway.