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Well the guy with the GL500 called me back and told me he still had it. So he sent me a few pics of the bike. It has 7600 orig miles. It has the markland trunk setback and other than the home-made paint job, it looks good. He started it for me on the phone and says it runs good. I'll keep you posted.
 

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Good luck with it.
 

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Well, the bike is complete, picking it up saturday. Don't have any pictures that do it justice, but it is the color of Heinz 57 sauce. So I am going to call it.....heinz 57. at least until it gets repainted.
 

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I always wondered, what are "original miles"? How do they differ from, I don't know, aftermarket miles?
How many different types of miles are there anyway? I'm familiar with hard miles and long miles, and even fast miles. Just wondering, maybe the various parts of the world have their own kinds of miles? Then there's those kilometers, do they come in as many flavors? Maybe more? It's very confusing to me. Phil, and especially Gene, having been around for much longer than I, may be able to shed some ******* light on this subject.
 

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Well I have two different miles that I log. Frame miles and engine miles. My frame as 20XXX and my engine has about 5500 miles less.
 

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We log in kilometers.




My bike does 200..........................................kph
 

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I always wondered, what are "original miles"? How do they differ from, I don't know, aftermarket miles?
How many different types of miles are there anyway? I'm familiar with hard miles and long miles, and even fast miles. Just wondering, maybe the various parts of the world have their own kinds of miles? Then there's those kilometers, do they come in as many flavors? Maybe more? It's very confusing to me. Phil, and especially Gene, having been around for much longer than I, may be able to shed some ******* light on this subject.






Original miles are those on the odometer the first time around. 7500 miles and it had to be repainted? Hmmmm....
 

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Miles are really of no concern. Unless they are very low. The bike is 750 bucks and repainted. Do you honestly think that I would not suspect the odometer? My Ol' Bessie is on her third speedometer. Not because I cared about miles but because of the ridiculous Joan Claybrook legislated 85 MPH speedometer. I now have a 140mph speedo which works and matches the tach. Now on the issue of miles. Only an honest original owner can say that this is how many miles it has had since new. This leaves me with a question. What are miles? I am a member of the hours club, miles are unimportant from my windshield. Since Ol' Bessie is having her frame stripped and inspected and powder-coated, does this not mean that it is the equivalent of new? When Northwest reskinned their ancient DC9s the airframes were zero timed, in other words, as new. The engine has new timing chain and tensioners. A new oil pump and chain. Everything else has been inspected and found to be within factory specifications. If I replace the wheel bearings with new ones, does that not qualify "as new"? Heinz 57 is a bike that I am going to ride proudly until Bessie is back from her, ahhhhh, time at the spa. If it is true that Heinz 57 is original miles then it would be prudent to look for any kind of crash damage. The bike has a clean title, it doesn't make any funny noises. Most of all it is a GL. I can't just let her go to e-bay hell. I have a running policy to fix bikes that are fixable and have or can obtain a title. Everything else is put up for auction. Unfortunately, my inventory is filling up. I have been working so much that I have not had time to even open the doors to my shed and air it out, never mind work on stuff or ebay sales. Eventually, if Heinz 57 lasts the winter she will outfitted with a trailer hitch, and I will tow a small smoker grill to BBQ competitions. After all, a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do.

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IP, I agree, a man's got to do what a man's got to do! Apparently, you are super busy with your job you would make a lot of folks happy if you showed up at an HTTA rally with that grill in tow. If you showed up at the Mountain Momma rallly next June your welcome would be assured and your grill could be used along with our hosts grill. BBQ on yours and steaks or burger on the hosts. We could eat ourselves silly!



Rich, in the south we refer to crappy miles and lonesome miles. As a rule of thumb crappy miles are half again as long as normal miles and lonesome miles are twice as long! I am not sure how Phil measures miles, having moved to God's country after so many years in the cold country, his miles may not have thawed out yet!



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You got that right.
 
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