the chrome was nearly perfect, as were the fork tubes and instruments. there are, i suppose, drawbacks to being very picky. last winter i spent WAY too much time sanding/painting the fenders and magnesium side covers. polishing the valve covers, cylinder and engine halves, polishing each spoke and nipple, polishing the brake arms and springs along with their nuts and bolts. i remember polishing the carb body, spending time with extra fine steel wool and toothpicks. you know, crazy. so i sold it to a guy yesterday who shows up in a volvo wagon. he asks me to lower the bars, drain and remove the fuel tank. then we drag the bike on it's side into the rear of the car. twisting and scraping the front fender, breaking a blinker or two, busting a lever, rubbing the exhaust, scuffing a brand new grip, and tweaking who knows what. no idea what kind of help he had getting her out, maybe he just tied it to a tree and drove off. i can't think about it.