I've worn the paint off the frame with my boots. Doesn't rust if you keep riding
outrunning the rust.
that's a new idea.
I said a couple of years ago that Honda in the UK were pitching the bike price too high, and not where Honda intended it to be. All the launch material had it several thousand pounds BELOW the price of equivalent BMWs and KTMs - maybe Honda didn't even intend to be competing with those bikes. And if instead they were producing something that competed with the Tracer900 and Tiger 800 then they had to make economies somewhere. For the life of me though I cannot see how painting the frame properly, and doing likewise with all the little brackets and using stainless bolts and banjos, would add much to the cost. Of course Honda UK then confused the issue by pitching it at the same price level as a GS (or almost)