How does this hit you ? To me it's about the worst case scenario , faux patina. I saw this and it just struck me as wrong , I mean if you have real aged look to preserve that's one thing . This on the other hand seems to be bowing to fashion as the times dictate.And they did this to a true Icon , a Merkel ! At least they left the motor mostly alone. Can't you hear the owner telling his painter, "Make it look old. Like it was just pulled out of a barn." Fail In the seventies you'd see old bikes far overly restored to the point their history was polished off, then chromed over. A well restored bike is cleaned up and painted to the standard of the day it was produced.