Preaching to the converted, I know, but some rides you just get overcome with what a beautiful work of art this motor is. It's so smooth it's hard to believe all the "violence" that is going on inside it. We try to make our bikes works of art but it's already there. Honda's engineers can be justifiably proud of something that is totally unique in the world of motorcycling. Are we lucky to have one or what? I'm hoping to ride mine until it looks like grandpa's hammer. Dings and scratches from falling over, scuffed paint from knees against the tank, faded finishes from the hot Aussie sun. They're all life marks and have their own kind of beauty. "It's the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live" (Amanda McBroom, The Rose).