Fascinating Laurel Perry. This helps me place my bikes mileage and gives some rough estimate of what constitutes a low mileage used bike. It does make me wonder If the riders on this forum are representative of the whole population of GS owners. My sense is that the forum folk are slightly more 'et up with their bikes than the average owner.
I would imagine there are some wealthy individuals that accumulate expensive toys and don't really invest themselves in the activities of actually riding their motorcycles. I see this with some owners of Millwaukee made motorcycles. The bikes get ridden a dozen times per year and although the owners are very proud of owning them, they are mostly functional artwork.
Dont you suspect there are many pristine, low mileage GS bikes stashed around the country? I have no problem with this behavior either. The garage queens may shake loose when the water cooled bikes appear and I only buy used so this makes me happy.