I rode mine just a few times before breaking down and personalizing it. Started with the bars and the weeks later, only the engine is recognizable as a Shadow. It really does reflect my personally now, though I didn't intend it that way. I didn't do it to "pose" or be different either. I just felt like riding is such an involved experience that I really wanted to sort of "bond" with bike and did a ton of cleaning and maintenance so that I'd know every inch of her. Now, I don't feel like I'm riding this strange, dangerous machine, but rather a trusty steed.