The plastics.....now I get it....I understand why they are there....to make the bike look like we want it to look. But on this type of bike.....yea this type of bike....honda are not stupid and knows just where 99% of these things are going to be used. Mine is going to be a commuter......over gravel and crappy country roads......I want something to take the bumps and not put them into my butt....my old versys was a bit stiff for this kind of work. My AT came to me after I killed the Versys after hitting a deer. Even laying on the side of the road in the dark I was thinking of the plastics...how much is that going to cost. After I got back home I started looking stuff up...this is before I found out about the damaged case and it leaking oil.....the plastic is expensive. Now all that said I LOVE.....as in LOVE the AT....its looks, its stance, how it sounds, this bike is so special (SHE) got a name.....never name a vehicle.....and how it deals with the marginal roads I ride to work on.....60-ish mile round trip and most of it on at best county lettered highways. But the guy that just bounced off the deer wanted those crash bars....wants to order a better plate for the bottom....and put enough lights on her to see the deer a mile away..... I also had read enough to know....I do not want to mess with this bike too much....I have had a TS100 torn apart for over a year now and work on it just here and there when I feel like it.....the AT is going to be my way back and forth to work when snow is not falling.....so I get all the "service" done at the dealer.....I know me, so this is the best thing for the bike.