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My girl got a facelift

She wasn’t that bad lookin’ to begin with, but she’s seen some hard times lately, and it was showing. What was once smooth unlined skin, now was showing wrinkles and scars of the hard and fast life she’s been living these past few years since she met me. She never complained, but I could tell she wasn’t as proud as she’d been when we first got together, so I offered to pay for a complete makeover, and she graciously accepted. I think she may have thought I’d start to lose interest in her if she didn’t acquiesce, but either way, we’re both enjoying each other’s company more than ever.

Here’s the before picture:







And here’s what she looks like now:









I loved her before she made herself into what she is now, but sometimes a little change in looks, if not behavior can add just the right spark to an affair to rekindle the sense of potential we share. Cheers!


Here’s the breakdown in cost here in Old Mexico:

1 Qt. Dupont paint + 1 qt. clear coat- $444 pesos
Labor to spray the 6 pieces - $800 pesos
Labor and material to recover the Corbin seat - $760 pesos
Labor to disassemble and reassemble the plastic/tank – Sweat

Total out of pocket cost - $2004 pesos or $141.55 at today’s exchange rate.


My only complaint is that Magua, the body man who sprayed the pieces didn't quite cover the edges of the two side panels adjacent to the tank, so there's just a hint of red showing there, but it doesn't bother me enough to complain for the price I paid for the work.

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Looks great! Just curious what tires you have on your bike. Also how does a tire that aggressive handle on pavement? Is there much of a tradeoff? Also where did you get the material to recover your seat?
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Looks great! Just curious what tires you have on your bike. Also how does a tire that aggressive handle on pavement? Is there much of a tradeoff? Also where did you get the material to recover your seat?
Hey thanks Sprocket! The tires are Avon Distanzias. There's no appreciable trade off in using them from my perspective. I can lean the bike all the way over and no slippage, plus they handle gravel/dirt roads tons better than a street tire. If you're gonna take her out on the track, you probably want a softer compound. The seat material is just the most durable vinyl stuff the upholsterer had in his shop.

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Looks great! Just curious what tires you have on your bike. Also how does a tire that aggressive handle on pavement? Is there much of a tradeoff? Also where did you get the material to recover your seat?
I'm thinking they're Avon Distanzias? If so, the front is the best tire I've had on any motorcycle ever...

Love the Yellow. Do the shock spring if you can...

(edit- just beat me to it!)
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I'm thinking they're Avon Distanzias? If so, the front is the best tire I've had on any motorcycle ever...

Love the Yellow. Do the shock spring if you can...

(edit- just beat me to it!)
The Distanzias are good tires, but I've had longer life from Metzler Tourances in the rear with no appreciable performance trade-off, (unfortunately I can't get Tourances to fit the front in the stock size, and haven't quite got to the point of doing the mod to fit the larger Tourance up front). And yeah, I'll order some matching spray bomb when I get to the US next week, and tart up the spring as well.

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Love that yellow. Looks sweet.

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Love that yellow. Looks sweet.
Thanks, I always liked that deep yellow too, and after a recent accident when a cager pulled out in front of me, I decided mo visibility would be a righteous thang.

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That is beautiful, Miguelito. Nicely done, love the tan seat on yellow theme.

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That is beautiful, Miguelito. Nicely done, love the tan seat on yellow theme.
Muchas gracias amigo!

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More visibility is great, but if they can't see a red one they probably never looked your way! Looks good though! Stay safe!

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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Good color combo with the tan seat.

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Love that tan seat! Yellow looks great with it too.

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More visibility is great, but if they can't see a red one they probably never looked your way! Looks good though! Stay safe!
You're right abut that Steve.


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Love that tan seat! Yellow looks great with it too.
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The red shock spring is pure badass; just an observation.

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It is NICE! Good makeover, well done!

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Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I like the red on yellow detail of the spring. It might look a little too coordinated if I spray the spring yellow.

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Love the color combo for sure! Has a very "euro" look now even more "Ducati-ish" than my red 08....which everyone just assumes is a Duc
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I like our color choice it just kind of pops.
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I like our color choice it just kind of pops.
I rode around a bit today, and the bike seemed to be turning more heads than usual, so I think the colors do have a pretty widespread appeal. Took some more pics as it was sunny today, unlike the day before.










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Just waiting for the R1 shock I ordered from Ebay for the Green Hornet, my '09. When I order the new spring I want it "SCREAMIN' YELLOW" for a great contrast!

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