I dropped it into a cup of xylene and cleaned it off, hit it with some green rouge and turtlewax on the raw insides. Wont rust up fir a few months and i get the shiny outer coating.All awsome but I like 2, looks like a serious Rider with style!!!!
Also I plastidip is awsome on compression springs.. also helps hide corrosion wear..
expansion ones not so hot...
I know you are right, my friend paul said the same thing. "When you are doing 35mph on the trail towards lake mead, which stance would you rather have... " this is a riding 10 speed, that stiffened springer shoud do it well. I just like the sexy aspects of the long nose... and I can always switch it later and put magnesium/flint strikes on the pedals for downtown...MC, that short spring with the upright stance really nails it for me. The long look is more radical, but doesn't look as 'put together', if you know what I mean?
I think your front end modification really bumped this build up a notch or two!