Scratches on my fairing, dings or scratches in my petrol tank, to scuff marks on my muffler to marks on my engine casing. Are things I accept as being okay since they are not hindering the bike in any way. Let us say they are sort of street/hwy scars & make the bike the one that others will not steal.
I do not feel I have to bring the bike back to looking like it just came off the showroom UNLESS I will need to do so in selling the bike & in most cases I sell it "as is" & the buyer knows I am not covering up any damages on the bike PLUS I keep a daily log on the buyer which the buyer is welcome to have.
Mind you if it is a broken mirror or shattered signal light then I will replace it or repair it. A bent hand control lever which I obtained on my '00 Honda 929 only a week after buying the bike, as some twit rear ended me at a stop sign. With patience I rebent it, but in the mean time I had ordered one & the new one is still in parts related to the 929. Like removed brake lines as I put in Kevlar to pillion riders footrests as I do not carry pillion riders.
Also there is a box for '97 Yamaha YZR600r parts like original frobt brake lines for again replaced with Kevlar to again the pillion riders footrests & some other things. You see in '03 foolishly I was riding far to fast in some twisties, hit some sand, & end result was I totalled the nose piece, to the right side of the main panel, totalled the signal light & the mirror. Other scuff marks on the front mudguard, to some of the fairing under the seat area, but let them go along with the ghastly exhaust system, but it is not hindering the power. A ding in the petrol tank I accepted. The frame saver on the right side folded back the max of the nuts ability, but it saved other engine parts from damage. So removed the nut for the frame slider & obtained one of the same strength & now in while the scuff marks on the frame slider are facing down towards the pavement & have to point it out to freinds. Again I have the patience & actually bent the brake lever back again plus painting the end weight & a bit of the pipe going into the can & they are still standing up after four years of use.
Last edited by Smitty; 11-07-2007 at 10:28 AM.