New bikes are too perfect. What are you gonna do, replace the factory titanium exhaust system with a government-approved aftermarket titanium exhaust system? Every time I replace something on my old bike, it’s usually for the better. Sometimes surprisingly better. I thought the seat was just higher because of the JRi shock and Graves linkage, but replacing the crusty old Dunlop GP-As with a fresh pair of Q3s has the seat back down where it’s supposed to be. Bliss. The HeliBars raise the grips almost but not quite into naked-bike territory. Now that I know Rossi uses a DID gold chain, I think I need one of those too. I detest loud exhausts on other people’s bikes, but in an increasingly offensive world I kind of like my own. If civility is restored after the election, I can always repack it.