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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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How much do you care about your bike?

I was thinking about this for awhile... How much do you really care about your bike?

Since I bought my RR a couple months ago I've dropped it against my garage wall, broken a few plastic tab things on the front fairing and yesterday I cracked part of the upper fairing when it got stuck in the belt loop of my pants when I was walking against it. My F4i is another story... I've layed it down once last year, dropped it twice in the parking lot this year because I didn't get around to finishing some of my brake and suspension mods and once I dropped it against my garage wall as well. I see my bikes as things to have fun with not having to worry about scratching the paint or, well, dropping it against my garage wall. Its a small garage. Anyways, what's your view?
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I try to take pretty good care of them. I'm kind of particular about stuff like that. I hate scratching them, and if something gets messed up, I have to fix it or it'll drive me nuts. The only exception is the stator cover on the Gixxer which I still haven't replaced since the wreck. Yeah, they are made to have fun on, but given the fact that I have a good bit of money in them, I try to keep them nice.

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I have more than a few scratches on mine. It pains me to have them, but when I compare the cost to repair them versus using the money to visit a track day or update my gear, I find its a secondary desire. I love my bike more than nearly any other thing I *own* but there are other financial priorities (that spicersh has clarified elsewhere) that prevent my maintenance of its visual perfection.

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Changing a tire the spoon has slipped twice off the rim-savers causing gouges into the wheel.

While lifting the tank only briefly to retrieve a dropped bolt, it got shifted into something else and got a scratch near the riding position.

A lowside has ripped a 12" slit down my black lower and rather than spend the $50+ to get a used one I opted to use plastic glue and black paint to patch it into operable condition again.

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I stopped caring after I dropped it the second time. It's not like you can see scratches when you're going down the road anyway. Besides, it's my first bike and it was bound to get damaged. Now my pipes, on the other hand, are perfect and if they get messed up I will freak out.

But I'm currently running with a slightly 'tweaked' break lever, a scratched right mirror, scratched right fairing and a rear break lever that has been bent into the side of the engine (and bent back in place).
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The first time I dropped it, I was pissed off.

The second time, I was seriously pissed off.

The third time, I was MEGA pissed off, then started laughing.

I came to the realisation that it's just some pretty paint on a piece of machinery. That being said, I know I'll never sell her, ever. Regardless of other bikes that might come into my life, she'll always be in my garage.




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I'm extremely anal about my bike. Anybody whos seen me do an oil change gets really annoyed with me and my attention to detail on my bike. When I'm getting it ready for a track day I try to create as few ripples in the tape as I can. I guess I just figure the zx takes such good care of me I should return the favor.

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I think like any significant investment, it should be taken care of. I'm not overly concerned though. To borrow a line from cookee from another thread:

You're going to ride it, not have sex with it.

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I think like any significant investment, it should be taken care of.
That's probably part of my problem. I don't view any vehicle as an investment since they all depreciate pretty rapidly. Rather its a toy in my mind.

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Depreciation aside, they are a significant investment. The initial monetary investment, followed by the time and money involved in the care, maintenance, mods, etc makes me feel like I should take good care of my bikes. Sometimes I slack a bit, but for the most part, I try to pamper them in the garage to make up for how much I thrash them on the road.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-12-2008, 09:47 AM
 
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if i had plastics then i wouldnt give a darn
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