Die_trying, on 09 June 2012 - 05:54 PM, said:
most guys who ride a lot and have been riding a long time care less about keeping their bikes clean. If i'm riding two days back to back i usually won't wash my bike in between unless it's muddy. If it's going to be sitting a week it at least gets pressure washed off and the plastics and major visible stuff wiped. I 'detail' it once a month if i'm on top of my shit, sometimes it goes a few months.
the main thing with painting stuff is durability. Why paint something if in a short amount of time it will look worse then before you painted it? it may not be an issue for you, your just learning, i remember my first bike....... as you get faster you will beat exponentially harder on the bike. Frames get tweaked, holes don't like up any more, motor and transmission parts start failing more regularly. It makes more sense to get a new bike then keep putting money into one that's getting roached. That's my perspective anyway.
And it's a great perspective that I too share. I've already learned that lesson about caring for something just because it's the "new thing"...Ever since I got this old bike back, my truck (kept spotless) has taken the back seat. Plus I work out of it all week like I didn't used to, so it's so much harder to keep clean. Plus I've had my hands full with the bike. But it's just like when I first started my landscape business, my big mowers got wiped down at the end of each week to look good. After the first season, I learned my lesson there. They always looked great, and were sooo much easier to keep up with maintenance
, but it's just pointless once it hits the grass, and far simpler than my dirt bike.
People get excited when they have that "new thing" whether it's a bike, atv, mx track, business, whatever...They baby the hell out of it for a good while and then slowly care less and less once it's not the new thing anymore. It's that way with everything...EXCEPT I still keep my lawn equipment greased, and in great shape. Same with my truck, and of course my bike. Washing the bike after a full day riding is just something I'll always do. The mowers were just super pointless, and the truck I definitely still wash. Just not twice a week like it did for the longest time, but my point is, your point is exactly right...I've noticed it particularly with most of our local tracks. You could tell a while back, in their hay day, they were always kept up, prepped, and used much more...Over time, the same owners have grown tired of them...Nearly to the point I've heard most of them might be shutting down, for 1 reason or the other. Sad really.
I definitely have a bling queen of a bike, that's for sure. But my point is, I go that extra mile with it's function (motor, bearings, suspension, tires, everything) and not just some kid with a clapped out bike that went after plastics and graphics before top end, cables, carb, etc...I think that is a very big difference. The painted stuff, I just picked things that would not allow much if any friction for a long life. There are few few things on a bike you can get away with, and I do not condone painting plastics or most other parts.
Once I get better, I'm sure that the polishing and extra little tid bits will go out the window, but I'll always support the kid that IS THAT into his bike to do it though. It shows he gives a damn and says a lot about the person.
I just ordered my graphics to hopefully break up a lot of the white of this bike, but it still keeps the black/white theme, just more black than white. I'll see if I can get a picture. It's just the rad shroud graphic. I intend on finding a trim kit I like. Going to wrap the tank in a 3D carbon fiber wrap that is "bubble free". Should look great and definitely hold up for the long run, since it is thicker than most graphics @ 22mil