When I bought my first airhead back in the Pleistocene era, the dealer told me "some guys don't put the '1000cc' decals on the side covers." So I didn't. A newbie, I was making a great effort to somehow grab every bit of the BMW legend and mystique I could find. Later the side covers were scratched and so I put the decals on. I still didn't feel very mystique-y. Eventually, the bike was painted and some years later, sold. Of course I wish I had it back, but I was naive, and some dealers like to sell bikes rather than repair them.
Different decade, and I'm working in New York and walking around exploring...'cause it's free...and I pass by a showroom with the then new, almost kinda red R1100 RT in the window. "Holy crap!! That's a BMW!? Weird color, but I gotta have one!" I didn't really notice the decal on the side panel bc I was so busy looking at all those screws, and that amazing shape, and the fold-away lift handle...and that weird color. "It's not really red is it? I mean not RED red. I mean not red like the Italians would think of as red."
So now I have one, and aside from the ride, the fun, the motor, the...well, everything, including the weird color, I love it...except for the "R1100RT" decal on the side panel. And so while I wait for a day off with riding weather...it's only May 19th here in Chicago, and about 40 degrees. And sure, you rounders, I'll prol'y put on my longies and go for a ride.
But the big Q remains: shall I spend some time with a hair dryer and take those decals OFF!?