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I'm waking up a 1979 gl1000 for a friend. Last inspected in 2004, 35k miles showing on the clock. Condition looks good, was stored indoors, very little rust. What makes me wonder is the clues to a lot of work done to this by previous owner(s). The clues include: gl1100 exhaust installed, the crossover pipe removed and plugged to make it fit. Several mounting bolts on the engine have thread damage and one upper front bolt is replaced with the wrong diameter!
I should have looked closer at the drive splines when the rear wheel was off, but I'll be back in there soon when the gas tank goes back in.
The question is... what other clues should I look for to be confident its 35k miles and not 135k miles? Should I pull the clutch and measure the plates? Other suggestions?

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That is a tough one. The reality is, if the bike spent any time outside, the exhaust could have rusted through easy enough. The engine bolt issue could just be a ham-fisted backyard mechanic (like many of us) and not real good with tools. If the engine is original and only has 35K on it, it is hard to determine. The only signs I know of are leaking can cover gaskets, shifter seals, tachometer seals and such, grime under the engine from oil leaks, etc..

It all doesn't prove mileage one way or the other. For example, the engine in my '82 is an '83 engine that had 53K on it. This is what it looked like:

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Impossible to determine IMO. Any part can be replaced with one of lower mileage and better condition. Then again, even high mileage parts can look very good if properly cared for.

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Did you try an Ouija board? :)

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Good points all, thank you gentlemen for making this question a moot point. I'll just keep a list of what I find for future reference. As for whether to pull the clutch while new belts are going on will be left to an expert with more insight than me...now where is that ouija board?

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I went through the same question with the Rats Nest and Steve and I went with 27K miles was the actual mileage as it still had a Bakelite water pump impeller.

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