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Airheads - ADVrider - www.advrider.com
I've noticed on some recent threads where a number of people are politely advocating to preserve the wear of an older bike rather than to restore it. I take this to mean leave the bike in the cosmetic state it is in, rather than replace worn (but functional) items with new components. "Patina" as it is often called, appears to be an important aesthetic quality for some.

As I'm currently in the middle of working on a newly acquired R90/6, it wasn't hard to recognize from feedback from the forum on my initial posts that turning that the bike into something it never was might be a mis-direction (I was for a brief period considering a change to a /5 nacelle...). So my new plan is to get the bike into excellent mechanical condition but not to do any drastic cosmetic changes/modifications. However, I recently decided that part of that process would include switching to a new charging and ignition system (I chose Enduralast). But I am wondering about it now...

So my question is - where is the line? What do you consider taking beyond what is reasonable to the point where your diminishing the value of the motorcycle?


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