This is a small, but easy fix for the Yamaha FZR 600. The stock heel guards are old school, big blocks of coated aluminum, with no personality whatsoever. I decided to use my [lack of] Adobe Illustrator skills and make a design for some drilling, to attempt to give them some personality.
The more modern heel guards, on say, the Yamaha R6, have a design that says “speed,” whereas these FZR models say “da dum dee dum.” So out comes the tracing paper, and a rough idea for some holes – to spruce up the look of these things. Sadly, I left my design skills along the road somewhere – and the result was a little less inspired than I had hoped. But overall, the minor cosmetic improvement should be fine, for something that should be hidden by my legs anyway.
I printed the deign I settled on, and taped it to the piece, using it as a template to drill. After the first guard was cut, I then placed it on top of the other, which is a mirror image shape, and used a Sharpie to dot the holes onto the second guard. Zip, zip, and the cuts were done. Ultimately, I may use the lathe to cut out a design in the center of the piece, to replace/fix the larger holes. After a little wet sanding and the buffing wheel, they should look pretty decent on the bike. This will be another case of “if I ride fast enough, no one will notice my f%#kup.”