I appreciate the kind words! Modding this bike has been one of the most fun things I have done with motorcycling. Though, I must admit that the R Nine T is quite difficult to make into something less than incredible looking. The SW-Motech Skid plate is definitely a must have for me. I don't go off-road at all, but here in MD, our roads are not great, and are typically laden with stones and small debris. The bottom of my skid plate shows that it has done its job protecting the sump, and underside of the bike. It is littered with nicks, so I count it as a good investment.Pipes look beautiful, nice work. After your description of how they looked upon receipt, I'd say job well done.
I think your bike looks great, really tastefully modded. Love the skid plate too - I think I'll have to get one of those.
As for the condition of the headers when I received them, feel free to see for yourself how they came in. I'll include some photos below. I was quite displeased, though I realize that I can have unrealistic expectations. That said, it seems as though Akrapovic did absolutely zero in the way of finishing, which I believe is a pretty big oversight.
Pretty Extreme Scratching On End (This is covered when assembled, but it is still unacceptable in my opinion.)
Water Spots, Bend Stress Lines, Scratches, & Factory Printing
Water Spots, Bend Stress Lines, Factory Printing, & Marker Mark Under Spring Loop