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I'm not so sure there wern't both Maroon bikes and Red bikes. When I bought my Comet it been canabalized and didn't have a proper tank. I got in touch with Bob Kountz and it turned out, He owned a Comet that was something like three serial numbers from mine. When he got his Comet it was in bad unrestored shape but, had Red paint on the tank so, when He restored it, He matched that Red. Later when Ben Kalka had a line up of A Twins and Singles in his shop in Oakland, there were red ones, Maroon ones, Black ones and shiny, all Stainless ones. I have a picture of a Comet EJO 908 that looks like a very original survivor and the tank is Red, just like Kountz's bike and the Red ones in Oakland were. Phil Irving saw my Comet on several different occasions and not once did He say: "wrong color." Maybe there were Red ones after all. My Build Sheet says: RED/STAINLESS, not Maroon/Stainless.
I was told my D Shadow had the wrong speedo because the numbers weren't the ones listed for Princes listed on the "Official" list.. At the N.A. Rally in Deer Lodge, MT. there were four D Shadows lined up and some bloody bloke had swapped out all their speedos for the same one as is in mine, imagine that!