Depends. No they're not made of depends. It depends on what engine you're talking about. Some were magnesium, most are aluminum I believe. You would be able to polish the sidecovers, but to maintain it, you should clearcoat them after they're polished...RogueMnstr said:Tried searching on this in different combinations, but came up with nothing. Does anybody know what the engine case sidecovers are made of, and if so, are they polishable?
umm... those don't look like 'decorative' swoops... that looks like a whole new custom engine cover cut out of one big piece of billet Al!! very very niceRogueMnstr said:Hmmm, interesting red duke. That's cool, but I'd prefer it without the decorative swoops.
I'm looking into this b/c I have to get my covers refinished anyways, and I kind of like that vintage polished look. Not sure if it'd be so good on a modern bike, though.
Yerp. :-X I'd hate to see how much that sucker costs; north of $1500 easily with that ammount of mill work.hiero said:umm... those don't look like 'decorative' swoops... that looks like a whole new custom engine cover cut out of one big piece of billet Al!! very very nice
don't think the magnesium covers are milled out from a blockc_rex said:I should hope that it wouldn't cost nearly that much as you can get milled magnesium covers for much less than that or have your stocker milled for the venting and then anodized or ceramic coated. I'd put the finished product somewhere in the $600-$800 street value in spite of the massive amount of time that it may have taken to make that one.
The magnesium cover in that link is definitely cast. About the only areas I see that are machined are the slots, probably the mounting holes and most likely the faces; maybe 2% of the total machine time spent on that Al piece.hiero said:don't think the magnesium covers are milled out from a block
I beg to differ!Norm said:Crap cast aluminum. You can polish them but you'll never get the kind of shine of a billit item.
ooh... roight... I was mumbling "milled" and thinking "slotted"- good eye [thumbsup] I'm with RogueMnstr on the swoops though. I'd do up my stock piece before shelling out major dollhairs for something just because it took a long time to carve it. Feel free to educate me as I've never gone down on a naked bike but billet here isn't any better than cast for protection is it? The clutch cover would take all the beating wouldn't it? Magnesium would be a better swap for unsprung weight as it's about 2/3 dense as Aluminum (depending on the alloys compared). Of course you can't make magnesium shine like aluminum but I'll bet it throws cooler sparks when it does go grindy.hiero said:don't think the magnesium covers are milled out from a block