I talked to a guy who had the same bike ( 99 r1100GS)... he had 420,000 miles on his !.. I have 160,000. I said "wow !,..what do you have to do to get that many miles on it? "... he said " You have to ride it a lot"....uh,..ya. ...Anyway,.. I'm figuring out some labor pricing for OPEN RANGE for some panniersright now,..I would love to do some repair work on your '97. I'm a carpenter/welder and my work slows down in the winter so I just hide out in the barn,...turn on the radio,..and work more on my own projects !.. Just let me know what you want to do and we can talk about it .