Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
No, it does not damage the paint that you can notice.
After my crash in Arkansas, I trucked the bike back home to San Diego, and the right mirror was hanging on the tether. The left one was crushed and gone. I knew everything would be replaced or the bike totaled, so I did not worry about it.
To my surprise, when I looked at the paint where the mirror had been swinging and banging against for 2,000 miles, it was only slightly blemished. Could have been polished out I think. That is some TOUGH paint!
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.