Many of you probably know me around here for being the noob with a polished up pretty bike. I have a 1998 cr250 that is ridden at different tracks or trails every single weekend since I've bought it back. Used to own it 5 years ago, and just bought it back 6 months ago. In these 6 months we've rebuilt the motor, and basically replaced or improved everything. New carb, hydro clutch, really really made it nice even by a new bike's standards.
There are some small pieces that I've painted myself, whether it's flat black or this red paint that is transparent that looks exactly like anodizing (disc/caliper covers, axle blocks, wheel spacer, case saver, frnt. brake reservoir cap. I also just got done painting my stator/ignition cover with some plastic paint and clear coat because my foot never touches it and it didn't have any scratches before so I figured it would do okay (plus I have a spare). Everyone said no way, but it's been perfect after 3 track days now.
I make a point to show that I'm real big on keeping up with the maintenance of all your machines, and mine, and I've taught myself an insane amount about 2 stroke motors, carbs, jetting, bearings, air filters, oils, the list is really endless. I feel like I've been in MX 2 stroke college these last 6 months. I've replaced pretty much everything except the frame, motor cases, forks, shock, and bolts that hold it all together, SO I've had to teach myself EVERYTHING a long the way in order to do the best job and have a great final product. I also made damn sure to do all of the FUNCTION mods before any cosmetic crap was done, other than grips or something that was free to do. I can't thank you guys of this forum enough for all the help along the way, whatever it may of been, I've asked about it all.
So my point here is lately I've had a few guys come into a thread that was specifically about a cosmetic upgrade and diss me out about my bike having spoke wraps, (which makes the spokes white ) or painted stator cover, over painted case saver. Their argument being I was wasting all my "time" doing this stuff when I should be learning how to turn, jump, or bang dudes like they do
But the point is I go to the track and let it rip every single weekend. All these painted parts have held up for I don't know how many rides..I honestly have no idea maybe 20 rides? I am my own boss and make DAMN sure we don't have any work roll over onto saturdays. That is my day. Many of my friends acted like they were hardcore about riding all the time, but many times it ends up being just me...I am very passionate about riding, and I have equal passion for being a mechanic and knowing this bike inside and out and keep it "race ready" and clean in between track days every saturday.
So to hear this over and over again, it really makes me curious if others actually think like this? DON'T get me wrong polishing the frame or having a DIRT bike meticulously clean is no priority of importance for most folks, I get it, but I am more wondering what yalls opinions are of people who do have keep a clean bike BUT ALSO ride it hard religiously?
The guy who buys a clapped out bike with no intention of maintenance, and goes straight for plastics and cosmetic sh!t is one thing. My thing is why are they bitching saying that I COULD be making it more powerful, when it already has MORE power than I'll ever be able to use? I'm not interested in adding more power, but I am interested in keeping my motor the best condition and always ready to ride or race.
AND WHY the hell would he say I should be out learning to ride it, when I do religiously every weekend like it's church on sunday? Progression of riding skill is NOT going to come any faster either way? And keeping a bike clean sure as hell is irrelevant in regards to that and everything else in his/their argument.
Could it be his argument is hollow, and he's purely driven by some sort of inner hate or jealousy? And I DON'T like using the word jealous either...I'm no stuck up a-hole. I just have a problem with people who just HATE on other people because they have a different style, taste, or even a cleaner bike than them, so they come up with these irrelevant excuses to troll around in threads about painting this, graphics that, or just improving the looks or cleaning a bike up in general.
I ask too because I argue with the fellow forever and no one ever responds. We both have 2 clear different views and I'm curious to hear what you guys think about stuff like this. It's a common thing on these forums with the wide variety of priorities and tastes. I just ride to have fun and progress. I get pleasure and stress relief out of turning wrenches and cleaning my bike and guys hate on it with absolutely NO real reasoning behind it. I already know why they're on douche level 13, but curious to discuss it with others, or see if anyone agrees or disagrees?
Edited by BlackCR25098, 07 June 2012 - 09:52 PM.