- By George
- February 2, 2017
- Comments Off on Some High Mileage Motorcycles
While creating this list I noticed the flat engine configuration was found in more high mileage motorcycles than any other type of engine. The flat engine configuration is predominantly used in BMW models with the famous flat twin Boxer engine, and is also found in the Honda Goldwing and a few others as a flat 6 cylinder engine. The BMW Boxer engine is more versatile, found in more models and has been around longer than the Honda flat 6 engine and is why you see more BMW motorcycles in this list. However, there were far more high mileage Honda Goldwing motorcycles to choose from than any other make/model motorcycle I found. Top honors goes to a Yamaha Royal Star Venture touring motorcycle with 221,292 miles. To honor the flat engine configuration, I chose a 1942 Harley Davidson XA (experimental army) motorcycle as the feature photo. Back in WW2 the United States army requested a motorcycle from Harley Davidson with similar specifications, reliability and low maintenance as German motorcycles equipped with a Boxer engine. The Motor Co. designed a motorcycle based on the BMW R71 motorcycle and produced 1000 Harley Davidson XA models. Production of the Harley Davidson XA stopped after 1000 units when the army replaced the HD XA motorcycle with the Jeep.
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