quote:Originally posted by spacmanspif300
What Geeto said about aesthetic vs. function. I'm an artist and designer, but using that as an excuse to reduce performance for the sake of looks is a bad argument. Not accusing you of anything yet, just pre-emptively cautioning you. Think of Braun product design in the mid 20th century, look at some Sanctuary bikes, look at ukTony's RD's (on this site), read Pirsig...you may notice: a thing that does well what it is made to do, and does so in the simplest possible way, is intrinsically good (or beautiful, the words here are interchangeable).
Thought must come before action. Before removing a part, ask the machine, "Why is this here?" Once you understand the original designer's intent and reasoning, you must then understand your own intentions for the machine. After which, you can make a decision about how you would like to respond to these intentions in action. Without this step (the one of thought), you will do things like remove both fenders, mirrors, and turn signals from a street bike. Or install 30lbs. of unneccesary chrome. Both are the same: they betray the function and purpose of the machine for the sake of looks. This results not in harmony, but in cacophony and unresolved discord.
Additionally, the kind of person who thinks and works well enough to make something work properly often, in doing so, inadvertently makes the thing look good too. This is the ethos that, if you honor it, will give you the most traction here, and on your bike.
I love the RDs, and one day will have one. Good luck with yours.