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HD200 / Top Mileage? Questions For Long Time, High Mileage HD 200 Owners
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:34:58 PM »
There does not seem to be a thread about ultimate reliability, in terms of the length of life of the HD 200. I've read somewhere that the bike might go up to 50,000 miles, but don't know if that's true. Being curious to know how long this bike might last and being new to this site, I'll summarize my SYM HD 200 experience and issues and ask how long it might last.

QUESTIONS:
So my 2 questions to you veteran HD 200 owners (anyone with an HD 200 with over 30,000 miles) are: 1. Have you had to put a lot money into your bike to keep it going? & 2. How many miles will the bike ultimately go? Details about my SYM experience below.

I bought my 2013 HD 200 used, in 2014 for $2400. It had 8000 miles on it. It's my daily commuter to work and school, about 10 miles each way, via central LA's rough streets and freeway system, and I've taken it on some longer rides. I routinely run it at 65-70 mph. The odometer now reads 27,000 miles.

I like the way it rides, and the engine seems somewhat reliable for a small bike, but I have had several mechanical and functional issues, some of which others on this site have also had, and which I will describe next. I should mention that I've done oil changes every time the green indicator turns red after resetting it with the ignition key, I guess that's about every 1000 miles.

PROBLEMS:
1st, about a month after I bought the bike from Scooter Dynasty (SD), the ignition coil began acting up, and the bike would lose power at high speeds. SD replaced the air filter at the cost of $20 and coil with a high performance coil for free and the bike ran fine for a while.
2nd, at about 12,000 miles the high performance coil stopped working and SD replaced it with a SYM coil, at a cost of around $90, which has worked fine until now.
3rd, at about 13,000 miles, I had to change the tires and rear shock at a cost of nearly $500.
4th, at about 15,000 miles, I the carburetor went out. That was an ordeal that cost over $1000 dollars. I had it towed to a mechanic in Pasadena who charged me nearly 400 in towing fees and the labor to try to rebuild the carburetor, which he could not do. Then, I had it towed to SD. They had the bike for about a month waiting for the carburetor which they did not have in stock and which cost nearly 400 with tax, plus the towing fees and labor.
5th Shortly after this, the gas tank/cap had the leaking problem that many on this site have described. SD replaced the entire tank at a cost of over $130 plus labor, which was about $90.
THEN, the bike went about 10,000 miles without a problem, until, at 26,XXX miles, the bike simply wouldn't start as I tried to go home from work. I replaced the battery... that didn't fix it. I had it towed to Al's bike shop in Silverlake and they replaced the engine valves and fuel valve at a cost of about $300 including towing.
Now I'm at 27,000 miles and the bike seems to be running well. It has the same zip and power it had when I first bought it, but I've had to spend a fair amount of money to keep it running.

I changed the tires a couple thousand miles ago and the rear shock and wheel again needs replacing, but I don't know if it the cost of $500 is worth it at 27,000 miles, so I have a couple questions.

QUESTIONS:
So my 2 questions to you veteran HD 200 owners (anyone with an HD 200 with over 30,000 miles) are: 1. Have you had to put a lot money into your bike to keep it going? & 2. How many miles will the bike ultimately go?

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