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Old 03-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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How many miles?

I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

My recently purchased 100/7 (1978) came with an odometer reading of 14k miles. This bike was a bit of a bastard child when it comes to owners and such. The guy I bought it from knew none of its history.

Now curiosity has me......is it 14000 miles or is it 114000 miles???

The bike when purchased looked rough in some spots, but in others looks great. The frame is in rough shape. Lots of rust spots. The tank doesn't look like a stock color or me. It is a solid cobalt blue color. The engine, however looks pretty good.

Electrical had some corrosion on it. I think it might have the stock tires on it as it is equipped with presta valves.

To me, it looks very possible that this bike was neglected for many years (possibly outside or in moist/humid area) and just sat for many years.

It is either a rough looking 14k mile bike, OR it is a 114k bike in pretty good shape.

Any thoughts???
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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It very well could be neither. Lots of speedos have been replaced.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:20 PM   #3
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Age...

Age can be just as rough on a bike as miles as you have noted. Care of the bike makes all the difference. You will see many bikes that old on the site that look great and haven't been repainted, etc. Mileage does make a difference if you are looking at the drive train. 114k may seem like a lot of miles but if it cared for, it really isn't.

Good luck with it and keep us updated on what you do with it. And as always, pictures are encouraged
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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I was told the brake pedal gives a clue to the real mileage of a BMW.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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One good indicator of mileage is the diamond-tread pattern on the brake pedal. Low mileage=sharp, crisp diamonds. High mileage= rounded, worn diamonds. Another indicator is the rear wheel splines-- low mileage= minimal wear on the splines.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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Brake pedal....good call!

I'd say mine has been around the block...no? Looks like it is more like the 114k miles.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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My 78 100/7 shows 18,000 miles but is actually 218,000. Just about everything is well worn. Still a nice bike though. As mentioned the brake pedal is a giveaway. Check the pivot point where it runs in the frame, if its fairly tight then the mileage is low. Mines as loose as hell.

I've known mine since my mate bought it with 80k on the clock and I know it covered 120k easily after that it started to need lots of replacement parts.

You should be able to gauge things by general wear in the bike.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:06 PM   #8
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At 14k the rear splines will show very near no wear. Foot peg rubbers should show only light wear. It takes some 40 or 50 k for the rear brake pedal be begin to show much wear. Clutch plate will show virtually no wear at 14k. Valve guide wear will be very low as well. Cables will all be original and good to go.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #9
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I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

My recently purchased 100/7 (1978) came with an odometer reading of 14k miles. This bike was a bit of a bastard child when it comes to owners and such. The guy I bought it from knew none of its history.

Now curiosity has me......is it 14000 miles or is it 114000 miles???

The bike when purchased looked rough in some spots, but in others looks great. The frame is in rough shape. Lots of rust spots. The tank doesn't look like a stock color or me. It is a solid cobalt blue color. The engine, however looks pretty good.

Electrical had some corrosion on it. I think it might have the stock tires on it as it is equipped with presta valves.

To me, it looks very possible that this bike was neglected for many years (possibly outside or in moist/humid area) and just sat for many years.

It is either a rough looking 14k mile bike, OR it is a 114k bike in pretty good shape.

Any thoughts???
The tires have a date code molded into them.

brake pedal wear depends on the rider and what they wear on their feet. I don't use my rear brake much and neither did the PO (bought new). The bike has about 100K on it.



What does the speedometer go up to? I't shouldn't be an 85 mph unit.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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Brake pedal....good call!

I'd say mine has been around the block...no? Looks like it is more like the 114k miles.
That is most definitely not a 14k brake pedal, more like 114k.
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