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Being a minimalist of sorts, and having an appreciative eye for line and form, I decided to put on a strip show with my V.
I always thought that the lower (useless) plastic fairing destroyed the seductive lines of the exhaust, so off it went, along with all the fittings and brackets.
I also hated the ridiculous reflectors on the forks, so off with their heads! I then thought that the chrome bolts holding the fender on looked garish, so I replaced them with black stainless.
Next I'd like to tackle the radiator shrouds. I think they detract from the look of the front end because the rad is too wide. I might go haunt the bike wreckers with a tape measure to see if I can find a slightly narrower rad (3~4" should do it). Then the decorative black plastic side panels, then the.... and so on.

The photos prove that I do clean my bike at least once per year! I'm not really too concerned with shiny, and I don't mind the headers warm tone when aged. It only takes about 20-30 minutes with #000 steel wool and Autosol to make them shine and they're good for 3-4 months. They're not highly polished in the photos, but I like them like that.
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I agree with you on this one. It looks really good. I have a friend who did the same to his ER6N and then heat wrapped the headers. It looks really good. I've been contemplating doing it myself but haven't had the time.
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Smiley - I like it. The extra black bits really 'set it off'. Is it an '07?

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Smiley - I like it. The extra black bits really 'set it off'. Is it an '07?
Thanks, Eddie, it's getting there but I still have plans for it.
Yes, an '07 built in Japan.
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I just finished cleaning my bike up and now I see this. I guess I need to go back out and work at it some more. You set a high standard for clean! I really do like it! I may even put some time in with the exhaust. Yours look great.

Thanks for posting and keep us abreast of updates.
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I just finished cleaning my bike up and now I see this. I guess I need to go back out and work at it some more. You set a high standard for clean! I really do like it! I may even put some time in with the exhaust. Yours look great.

Thanks for posting and keep us abreast of updates.
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Thanks, Richard, but honestly I did not spend a whole lot of time cleaning- a bucket of soap and water, followed by a rinse and then a quick polish with the best product for the lazy man- Ipone. I discovered it when I prepped a few bikes (belonging to friends) for sale and it's the best of all the snake oil polishes. I have sold a few bikes by detailing them and then taking the photos- they always sell fast because if the bike is shiny and the photos are top-drawer, the bikes will move. I cringe when I see the photos most people use to sell things- they are so bad it's laughable.
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how about some pics from the other side?

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a quick polish with the best product for the lazy man- Ipone.
Do you have a link to Ipone? I've never heard of that one. Thanks.
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I like it. It makes the bike a tad bit more raw.

The Versys has a larger radiator than the er6 so you might want to look there for a smaller one. You are going to run a lot hotter with a smaller radiator though.
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how about some pics from the other side?
Ya, I've got to get more from the left side, I only took this one and then I had to ride. It was such a fine day and we've waited so long for this.
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Do you have a link to Ipone? I've never heard of that one. Thanks.
http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/ipon...ish-spray.html
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The Versys has a larger radiator than the er6 so you might want to look there for a smaller one. You are going to run a lot hotter with a smaller radiator though.
I expect that both width and depth would come into play, and capacity is the key factor. I have never had an overheating event and my fan is so quiet that I was uncertain that it worked until I recently changed the coolant, and then tested the system. I don't ride much in city so I expect that I could get away with slightly less rad capacity.
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How did you get the header pipes to look so good?
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How did you get the header pipes to look so good?
#000 steel wool and Solvol Autosol. Only takes about 20-30 minutes and I do them maybe twice a year (I'm not too particular about cleaning my V) I don't try to make them look like chrome and I like the patina as they get less shiny.
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Nice. I always thought those hokey plastic bits on the sides behind the engine cylinders could go too, but the welds underneath are kind of ugly.
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Isn't that more like Thong less ? I mean you removed her lower coverings. I clicked the link thinking you removed the fairings. Anyway nice job, Looks good.
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Nice. I always thought those hokey plastic bits on the sides behind the engine cylinders could go too, but the welds underneath are kind of ugly.
Yes, I've thought the same thing and ditto for the front plastic that hides the side of the rad, excepting that involves stripping to the frame and cutting lugs, welding (I don't have welder or the skills) filling gaps and painting.
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I have done the same to my V

Those plastic bits needed to go

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