I averted disaster today. This morning I was scheduled to go on a ride with a bunch of other riders. I pulled the big ZX out of the garage, fired it up and almost instantly it started smoking little a SOB. Smoke came billowing up through the fairing. I turned it off, put it up on the center stand and got down there to take a look. The bottom of the motor was fairly oily. I know this isn't good, but it smoked so fast that I know that wasn't it. I looked at the front and my fairing was melting to my header! I have an aftermarket pipe and its a really tight fit under there. The fairing has heat resistant tape on it near the pipe and a special bracket had to be fabbed to space the fairing off the pipe a little bit. But now I look and the heat tape has a section that gone and my bracket is bent. Thankfully I caught it really fast and the fairing isn't visibly damaged. The bike is scheduled for maintanence anyway, so I guess I'm off the road for a little while. My plan is to take the fairings off. Clean the shit out of it. Clutch, oil filter/oil, plugs, air filter, brakes, brake fluid, clutch fluid, coolant. Rear tire soon. I want a new wind screen too, maybe I'll order one. Geez. A little Sunday morning ride with friends out to get some breakfast has now turned into a fairly major amount of work. Oh well right? Thats what I get for riding a 16 year old bike.