Who has the highest odometer reading?

Odo reading

Many riders clock massive miles/kilometres on their odometer and we want to reward the well-travelled for their efforts with a free Audicator indicator warning system.

The idea came to us when Kawasaki sent us a press release about Malcolm Milne of South Australia achieving more than 300,000km on the odometer on his 2007 Kawasaki 1400GTR.

That’s pretty good going and we congratulate Malcolm and Kawasaki on a fine touring bike.

Malcolm Milne has more than 300,000km on the Odometer on his 2007 Kawasaki 1400GTR
Malcolm and his GTR

However, we reckon there might be some even better efforts out there.

Canadian Honda Goldwing trike rider Glenn Turple has clocked up one million miles (1.6 million kilometres), but we’re not necessarily giving the prize to the highest odometer reading.

Million miler Glenn Turple Odometer
Million miler Glenn Turple

We will also consider how long it took to reach that reading and the type of bike ridden.

For example, a late-model postie bike with a high reading would beat a 20-year-old touring bike with a similar reading.

Another possible winner is Lyann Duxbury who clocked up 100,000km on her odometer in just 38 months.


To enter our competition, send us an email with your odometer reading, type of bike and how long it took to achieve that reading. (If you’re selected as a possible winner, we may need to confirm this with a photo or log books.)

We will announce the winner in next week’s subscriber newsletter, together with some of the more interesting long-distance haulers.

The winner will receive an Audicator indicator warning system which just could save your life.

Read all about the device here.

The Audicator costs about $A95 and will fit most bikes.

Audicator sounds alarm if you forget to turn off your indicators odo - Odometer
Audicator alarm speaker

They provide an audible alarm which can be preset by the rider to start after a certain number of indicator flashes.

They start off with a quiet alarm that gradually builds to whatever level you determine. You can also select the warning sound.

The alarm can be manually cancelled by the application of the brakes and will reset when the brake is released, such as when waiting a long time at a set of traffic lights.

Audicator does not turn off the indicators. It only alerts you to remember to cancel them.

Don’t forget to send your competition entry to mark@motorbikewriter.com.



  1. 170,818 km. 2008 Triumph Street Triple. Oil change every 3 months, regularly serviced by me – valve clearances etc as req’d. Still goes as good as the day I bought it.

  2. I clocked up 1500000 on one of my Diversions in about nine months between a daily commute and trips to here and there on weekends or short 200km hops during work days to visit friends and the occasional 1500km long weekend trip and I’m not even a member of far riders. I sold that bike to a happy recipient who put another 1200000 on it before trading it in. Except for oil every 7000 diff oil every 24000 filters and plugs the only things replaced on it were the disc rotors and forks and timing chain. XJ900 maintain them and they go forever. I’m sure there are a few that would have more than a million km on them but the odometer goes back to zero at 100000 so we’ll never know.

      1. I really only commented in response to Pauls post. The xj900s Diversion has to be one of the best most reliable bikes there is. They are often bought by courier companies who will get upto a million km out of them before trading them in.
        I have an FJR now and have only clocked about ten thousand on it due to health issues keeping me at home I’m a bit better now so I plan to do a few short trips to places I haven’t see yet like ularu and Broome.
        There are FJR owners who will do four thousand km as a weekend jaunt though most belong to far riders.

      1. Sorry typo’d an extra zero there it’s supposed to be one hundred and fifty thousand not 1.5 million but there are Diversions out there with over a million miles in them.

          1. Although even 150000 is still pretty incredible. That’s 6 hours riding every single day for 9 months averaging over 90km/h the entire time.

  3. Engine life depends on servicing, most definitely. Perhaps things like oil choice (quality, type) also affect the life. A motorcycle that needs valve clearances done every 12000k, and doesn’t get it, may not last as long and might end up with damaged cam-lobes. Buying a motorcycle with 100,000 on it and not knowing the full service history is pretty risky as a full rebuild might be needed very soon!
    And how many tyres do you go through getting to 300k on that Kawasaki!?

  4. would be interesting to see what people
    are getting out of their machines particularly
    without anything but servicing. long and
    reliable engine life i am sure is big factor
    to many of us that use our bikes a lot, and
    don’t want to be trading them every couple of years
    Rebuilding most motorcycle engines, apart from
    harley who is covered by a host of aftermarket
    suppliers., is really not economically that viable
    even just on the basis of parts cost.
    With most bikes at comparable cost to new cars
    it would be nice to think they were getting similar

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