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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
With paint you need to be very careful when removing and reinstalling tires. Powder coating is much more durable. I would consider having mine powder coated if it didn't have so many miles on it. At 72,000 miles, I'm just going to keep riding and maintaining it, until the engine blows up.
Even if I make it to 100,000 miles, it will still be an expensive ride. For twice what I paid for it back in '02, including all the expensive Kawasaki accessories, I could have bought a cheap new car and gotten 200,000 miles, weather protection, room for cargo and passengers, A/C, no spline lubes, cheaper tires, batteries, etc.
Anyone who buys a motorcycle thinking they will save money on transportation is in for a surprise. Motorcycles are strictly expensive fun machines.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike