Oh, come on, the Pyramid extension isn't that expensive. Trying to save $20 on a $18,000 motorcyle? Seriously, I agree, it's not an easy bike to clean. I get mine dirty but I also tend to clean it after every ride. I also added a rear hugger to keep some of the crap off the shock and rear of the engine. It also has an integral chain guard and a very nice item (but pricey). It's made by Puig and I got it from Hornig in Germany (not China).