My last bike had both metal (tank) and plastic (fenders etc.) parts painted the same color. It was factory paint, however over the years the paint on the plastic parts started to fade while the tank pretty much stayed the same. I was wondering if some of the guys with older bikes have noticed this and if anyone has any suggestions to help keep this from happening. I would like to ride my bike to work everyday but that would mean leaving it out in the sun most of the time. I would consider a cover but I don't want to lug a heavy one with me every time I ride. Thanks for any advice. I really love my bike and plan to keep if for a long time so I want to keep it looking as good as it does now for as long a possible.