I think I kind of go through these same questions every now and again. I'm just looking for some general ideas/opinions. I have had this bike a little over a year now so I'm much more versed in it's highs and lows: 1) The brakes suck and the rear tire will lock up with little stopping power or foot effort. So forget the back brake, do steel breided lines on the fron tend to help significantly with this bike? 2) I have 17,000 miles on the bike. Any services recomendations that I need to pay attention to in the manual or maybe not pay attention to? For example, the bike isn't ridden really hard, I'd say about medium whith short shifts and rare WOT. So shoud I even worry about the valves at this point? I keep hearing that they stay in spec MUCH longer than the manual suggest. What about plugs and fork oil? 3) Can anyone recommend better lighting front and rear? The headlight stinks and the rear brake light stinks. I know the PIAA lights could be mounted in the front but they are SO expensive. Also, purhapse one of those blinking LED license plate brackets in the rear? Unless someone has a better idea; I'm up for suggestions. I think that about does it for the moment.