My 2007 Pearl White seems to have more resilient clearcoat than my buddy Doug's '06 Burple. Either that or I just rub mine alot more to keep it looking shinier, btw Doug bought his 3 weeks AFTER I got my 109. Both new too.
Here in Ausralia my daughter has recently bought a new Suzuki Swift car (auto),made in Japan too, i read in the book it is painted with the new water based paints in the interest of a cleaner enviroment.
Got me a little worried, new water based paint, why not test it out on some other brand first.
Just maybe they used this paint on their bikes.