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    Eilenberger to the white courtesy phone, please

    Per Paul Glaves, you possess a technique of estimating the mileage on bikes by looking at the knurling on the brake pedal.

    Please share this with us.

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    Think of it as an educated WAG.. It undoubtably is more accurate than relying on the odometer of a 1985 model year K unless you've owned it since new.

    It involved the wear on the rear brake pedal - the forward outside corner (where you press it the hardest).

    No discernable wear - under 20k miles. By 20k, the nubbies are starting to show some difference from the unworn ones on the diagonally opposite corner.

    Some smoothing - they aren't as sharp feeling as they used to be - 20-40k miles.

    Smoothing of the tops, but less than 30% worn, 40-60k miles.

    More than 50% worn, but still distinct nubbies - 60-100k miles.

    Nubbies almost gone on that corner - can be anywhere over 100k miles.

    This is based on observing quite a few K bikes where I knew what the mileage was (despite what the odometer said.) Problem with odometers was rampant on the '85 model year bikes, and not hugely better on '86-87. I think by 1990 the reliability had increased markedly.

    This is a case where "YMMV" - and it most certainly will.

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    Thanks Don!
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    Unbelievable!
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    Eureka! I just bought a new brake pedal and my 200k brick is good as new!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    Eureka! I just bought a new brake pedal and my 200k brick is good as new!
    We need a photo of your pedal so it can be added to the equation
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    Sig? What's a Sig?

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    Let's play Guess my mileage...

    Hi Don,

    Here's a photo of my original brake pedal on my '95 K75RT:



    What's My Mileage?
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    Hi Reid!

    Looks to be around 40,000 miles - or you don't use the rear brake much.
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    Question

    What on Earth have I started?

    I propose:
    ---a new column in the ON called "What' on your pedal?". Members (contestants?) submit pics of their brake pedals and the columnist guesses the mileage.

    ---a new event at the national. Eilenberger guesses the mileage. The difference between the actual vs the guess is worth a buck a mile. The owner of the bike will donate that sum to the MOA Foundation. If Ellenberger guesses to within 2k miles of the actual, then he buys beers for everyone within a 100 meter radius of the event venue at the national. What could be more fair?
    "What is beautiful is simple, and what is simple always works"....Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Hi Reid!

    Looks to be around 40,000 miles - or you don't use the rear brake much.
    But does he wear shoes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Hi Reid!

    Looks to be around 40,000 miles - or you don't use the rear brake much.


    60k, but you are right, the rear brake doesn't get a lot of use.

    Thanks for playing!
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    Be a bit easier to tell with a photo of the front outside edge nubbies. That's where the wear really shows.

    Hmm... I like the contest idea for the national, lemme see if the MOA will pay for the beers...
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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    Hmmm

    I think my wife is lying about her age. She doesn't have a brake pedal soooo...

    Delicate question.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MotorradMike View Post
    Hmmm

    I think my wife is lying about her age. She doesn't have a brake pedal soooo...

    Delicate question.

    What do you need?
    Send nude pichers..

    Just kidding.. we don't wanna go there..
    Don Eilenberger http://www.eilenberger.net
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