I've noticed a few threads of folks complaining about the paint on the 109, mainly black. My advise to ALL of you is to wash your bike and wax it immediately after you purchase. I've done that with all of my vehicles and the paint has held up rather well on every one of them. I don't want this thread to get all arguementative like others about what brand is better than the other. Most over the counter wax/polishes will work. As far as preference though. I owned a Zuki Intuder 1400 and bought it new in 1998. Sold it last year and the paint was nearly just as nice then as it was when I rode it home from the stealership. I used "Eagle One Wet Polish" after every wash. Then later I switched to "Nu Finish" which actually held up nicely on my custom R*. You can put it on chrome and paint, just don't wax any rubber. Also, NEVER wipe a bike down with a dry rag or that crappy touch up spray polish. especially if you own a black or darker colored bike/ It WILL leave hair-lined scratches in your paint. If you wash it make sure you wax it with some kind of protectant afterward, EVERY TIME! It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the extra effort. I know this is common sense stuff but some folks are may not be aware of the proper maintenance of your factory paint.