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"Battle Scars"....Source of Pride or Nuisance?!?

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So I went on a long ride in the Texas Hill Country to see the fall foliage (beutiful this time of year), and our group drove on some back roads that had lots of loose rocks. I had to drop back some from the cat ahead of me because there were so many rocks flying, and sure enough I could hear them hitting my (formerly) brand-new V.

Two schools of thought here, I think. On the one hand, there are some cats who would highlight rock chip damage and treat this damage like badges of honor, proof that "they were there, riding through it all." On the other hand, there are cats who obssess over fixing whatever damage happened during the ride right away so as to preserve the beauty of "their baby." I fall in the latter camp because I like taking good care of all my vehicles. What camp do y'all fall in?
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I used to be very anal about keeping my bikes clean and damage free. When I purchased my V i told myself I was going to ride it no matter what, take it wherever, and not worry about how it looks. I maintain it well but have given up on having a parade bike. I have never had more fun than riding my V and I am proud of the way she looks.


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I used to be very anal about keeping my bikes clean and damage free. When I purchased my V i told myself I was going to ride it no matter what, take it wherever, and not worry about how it looks. I maintain it well but have given up on having a parade bike. I have never had more fun than riding my V and I am proud of the way she looks.
Ditto. I ride mine on plenty of dirt roads, and have dropped it more than once. I try to keep it in excellent mechanical condition, but don't sweat the minor scratches. If I had wanted to keep it pristine, I wouldn't have had all those adventures I've had.

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If it's got a few scars it's more useful.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 06:25 PM
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for me, it depends on the bike. I've always tried to keep the Versys looking good but I have a KLR that I couldn't care less about the appearance.

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In your example, what fun is it to be riding behind someone on rocks and getting nailed with them?

F - it. Pull over for a minute and then hammer the road the way you want to. If you spill, THAT is a battle scar.

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I work on keeping the oil changed the rubber in good condition, chain and sprockets, engine tuned, etc., etc. Scraps and scars well I could really care less its not a Ducati 999.
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Guess I'm somewhere in the middle....I get my stuff and use it. I take care of it so it'll take care of me but I don't think I own anything that's just for show.

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