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About to buy.... mileage question....

So it’s likely in the next week I’m going to buy a 2014 FJR1300A....yes, another red one 😛 It’s a one owner, with 16,xxx miles on it. Services were apparently done at the dealer. The only thing that hasn’t been done is the linkage, but the guy has assured me that the tech checks it every oil change or two and said it doesn’t need it yet. It has some nice extras like smuggler trunk and Clearwater lights etc, price is right as well. I know these are mile muncher’s, but there’s still a small part of me that wishes it was 7k miles or something as opposed to 16k. Am i hesitating for no reason?

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Dear Lord, yes! I'm on my second FJR. I put 44,000 miles on my 2006 and it ran and looked like new when I sold it. After owning a Concours 14 and two BMW1600 GTs, I went back to an FJR. It is now 16 months old (it was a leftover 2017) and I have 23,000 miles on it. I expect I'll probably have 80,000 when I trade it in a few years, and someone will get a heck of a nice bike for cheap.

Miles on FJRs are not a problem.
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Dear Lord, yes! I'm on my second FJR. I put 44,000 miles on my 2006 and it ran and looked like new when I sold it. After owning a Concours 14 and two BMW1600 GTs, I went back to an FJR. It is now 16 months old (it was a leftover 2017) and I have 23,000 miles on it. I expect I'll probably have 80,000 when I trade it in a few years, and someone will get a heck of a nice bike for cheap.

Miles on FJRs are not a problem.
That’s good to hear. You think the linkage is probably fine for now? Was that an issue on older ones mainly?

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I put 16,xxx miles on mine the first year. Now creeping up on 130,xxx miles.

What is this "linkage" thing you speak of? "The linkage" isn't very descriptive or helpful when trying to answer questions. There's several "linkages" on the FJR.
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And no one is going to disassemble a ďlinkageĒ,
And not clean and lube and/or replace worn out parts. Itís too much trouble to do to just look at it and reassemble.

So- a) I donít think itís been done. And b) donít worry about it. I rode 80,000 plus hard miles, much of it in the wet, on my 2014. Never disassembled any linkage. Bike functioned perfectly. Iíve got 44,000+ on my 2018. Havenít done anything to them yet.
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I put 16,xxx miles on mine the first year. Now creeping up on 130,xxx miles.

What is this "linkage" thing you speak of? "The linkage" isn't very descriptive or helpful when trying to answer questions. There's several "linkages" on the FJR.
The rear shock suspension linkage everyone’s always talking about...

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I never even knew it was a thing when I had my first FJR, so no, it was never touched. I figure if it was something that needed much attention they would have put a grease fitting on it. I've never even had to put new wheel or steering stems bearings on a bike.

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The rear shock suspension linkage everyoneís always talking about...
Oh, that one. I went about 55,xxx miles before I looked at mine. It was fine. As Bill says, I doubt anyone disassembles just to look without cleaning and lubing, minimum, as it can be a PITA especially if the FSM is followed. I looked it again at 95,xxx when I replaced the rear shock absorber and again it was fine. Didn't even need a lube then. And like Bill, I too live and ride in the wet often, including the last 2 hurricanes that came through.

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And b) don’t worry about it. I rode 80,000 plus hard miles, much of it in the wet, on my 2014. Never disassembled any linkage. Bike functioned perfectly. I’ve got 44,000+ on my 2018. Haven’t done anything to them yet.
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I never even knew it was a thing when I had my first FJR, so no, it was never touched. I figure if it was something that needed much attention they would have put a grease fitting on it. I've never even had to put new wheel or steering stems bearings on a bike.
All good things to hear!

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The rear shock suspension linkage everyone’s always talking about...
Oh, that one. I went about 55,xxx miles before I looked at mine. It was fine. As Bill says, I doubt anyone disassembles just to look without cleaning and lubing, minimum, as it can be a PITA especially if the FSM is followed. I looked it again at 95,xxx when I replaced the rear shock absorber and again it was fine. Didn't even need a lube then. And like Bill, I too live and ride in the wet often, including the last 2 hurricanes that came through.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the stories were from early models and/or ones that sat a long time, perhaps.

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