Scratches on 2002 919 (flat black) & bike pulling to left side & random sell/buying
Just got back from a long trip on Monday (1500 miles total). Getting back, I've noticed a lot of small, new scratches on the tank. Some, probably form my jacket zipper, others maybe from freeway debris, etc.
I honestly don't care too much about it cosmetically, but I'd like to know the cheapest/easiest way to take care of them to prevent rusting.
I'm assuming a Colorrite touch up pen?
I do have a can of flat black Rustoleum spray paint (or Rustoleum equivalent), but I'd need a way to apply it to small areas, so that spray paint probably won't cut it.
I've been living with that one for a while, but I'm to the point I'd like to do something about it if I can. The bike pulls slightly to the left if I take my hands off the bars, or use a very light grip on them.
I think it start after I had some work done from a local respected guy. Not saying it's his fault, and he generally knows his shit, does tracks days, has done a lot of work for a lot of people around here, but mistakes/oversights do happen.
He did the following:
Forks swap to f4i forks and new internals with .95kg racetech springs
Rear shock replacement
New tires & balance
I honestly can't say 100% if it was pulling a bit to the left before all that was done, but I don't *think* it was.
Most people have said to check the alignment of the rear wheel. I'm not the most mechanically inclined, but from what I've seen, the general method is to get the rear wheel on a stand, wrap a string around the back wheel, tie it to a fixed point up front and measure the distance between the string and each side of the front tire and make sure it's even. If it's not, what then? And if it is, also what then?
I'm thinking of selling my 919 to fund an FJR1300 for next season, but at the same time, I love my 919. Does everything fairly well, but after ~150-200+ miles in a day can start getting a little cramped. On my most recent trip, we went 500 miles in one day, and I was very jealous of my brother in law's FJR1300... However, trips like that are NOT the norm for my 919. I usually use it for commuting, and 50-100 mile joy rides. The most I've ridden in 1 day before my last trip was ~250.
My options would be:
1) Sell the 919 to fund an FJR1300 for longer trips and get an SV650S for track as something light/small for around town/commuting
2) Keep the 919 for a while/indefinitely and get an FJR 2-3+ years down the line and have both
3) Sell the 919 and stick with an FJR1300 as my only bike for a while
Any thoughts? I have put a decent bit of $$$ into the 919, so if I couldn't really get at least 50% of that back in selling, I think I'd just hold onto it.