Freshening up the five-year-old, 8000-mile machine for a few, fleeting minutes of fame in the pages of Motorcyclist, the crew at Hudson Valley Cycles in Ossining (www.hudsonvalleymotorcycles.com) also recommended a local paint shop. In an effort to modernize the ZX-10's looks and integrate various parts, Proformance Industries in New Rochelle powdercoated the swingarm, wheels, front brake calipers, footpegs and brackets, then painted the lower fairing. Additionally, after Rickey Gadson and I laid down a few full-power dragstrip launches for a _Track Time _story (MC, July 2008), Kawasaki was kind enough to send a fresh clutch. And the nice folks at Yuasa kicked in a new battery. One last touring-biased upgrade was a set of long-wearing Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires in 120/70ZR-17 front and 190/55ZR-17 rear sizes.