here's my bike. I'll admit the painted surface looks more correct, but for the time being, I bought this to ride and enjoy. I'd rather spend my money on new wheels and spokes, as well as the huge order I've just placed with Draganfly.. new engine-to-tip exhausts, most all new stainless hardware, etc.
Today the bike started and ran for the first time in likely 3-4 years, after some extensive "recommissioning" efforts on my part. Those non-standard pipes don't appear to have much silencer built in, so it has a nice robust sound.. all the videos I've seen of more "correct" bikes seem to be almost whisper quiet.. I'll almost hate to ditch these pipes, but they are pretty crusty, and don't look like they belong on the bike. (and, before anyone mentions, those yellow ignition wires will definitely be gone by the end of the week.. can't imagine why anyone would disgrace this bike like that!)
Phil Auldridge Austin, Texas - USA
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