I guess it really matters how well it was maintained. Theres guys on here with 20-30k and still running strong. I have 8k on mine and still running strong. I plan on keeping it another 3-4 years so it will probably have 20k when I sell it.
The motor is only as good as the owner treats it. Neglect it and its bound to break. Maintain it and she will run for as long as you would like.
i am the 2 nd owner of a 2004, i bought it at 9,000 miles about a 1 1/2 years ago. it now has 17,000 miles on it. i have not had 1 problem with this bike . it runs and looks like new. it still has the org rear disc pads and chain. no leaks and the motor is very strong. i could not ask for more out of a motorcycle.
Most bikes don't wear down to a slow destruction like cars do. Either they end their existence is a defiant blaze of glory, or they spend their later years being tended to by hand and foot. I bought my Z with 21,000 miles on it, it's got near 25,000 now and has never faulted my. In fact, I lowslided it at deals gap last week. I locked the rear tire up and it slide out into the ditch. The bike rolled end over end, before slamming the tail section into a tree. Destroyed the tail fairing, bent the handle bars beyond recognition, and smashed the MAP sensor to oblivion. I then picked it up, it cranked over and started up like normal, rode it back to the resort and spend the next few hours getting parts and fixing it.
$60 handle bars and duct tape got it back to riding condition, while waiting for parts to come in. Here's me riding it two days afte the crash, still at deals gap:
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