This A model was for sale in the early "naughties". It's a zero mile new bike recently uncrated. The owner has been generous with tyre black and armour-all and the flash lights it up, but there you have it. What an RE5 in mint new condition looked like.
Member Mercwagonman suggested this bike for the thread. Here's a different "new" A model. It has been advertised many times as a zero mile bike and I believe that it is. This one's a little "aged", there's yellowing evident in the radiator grill and fan shroud, noticeable corrosion going on under the plastic coating on the sprocket cover, some rust and the odd nick or scratch. Still, looking at the engine case close ups, it would light up under the right conditions and is a great reference.
I think it's the effect of the flash. If you look closely, the alloy itself is not that polished and the plastic coating is still evident. Spaces between the heatshields, the chrome is not polished- I wonder how many hundreths of a Yen that saved during manufacture?
Under seat oil (metering tank) hose running under the bike.
That bike you mention mercwagon keeps coming up, sometimes exceeds $20,000 in bids and never reaches reserve. Then it reappears 6 months later and the whole thing is repeated. Different speedo readings. 1000 yards of pushing it 'round the shed ?
EDIT: No, it's a different bike. The hose clamps and wiring under the seat are quite different in the way they are secured. At least one sticker under the seat is oriented differently. If this is your valuable NOS bike, I don't believe you'd be undoing and fiddling with such things. I'll add these pictures to the thread as they're great detail shots. Thanks Merc