The auto shop did a great job on the paint - only it didn't come out sparkling ruby. I can see hints of it under fluorescent light or very bright sunshine - but it's nothing like the sample.
I've been having several construction issues. The rear axle (3/8" solid) is two short and I'm having problems with the sissy bar clamps. I need some good nuts that fit, the two 3/8" nuts I got from Home Depot don't work. Does anyone know where to get end cap nuts for a finished look? The XT linear pull V brakes I took off my son's bike set too close together and I cannot seem to get the tension right to keep them off the rims when not engaged. I'm considering new black cantilevers - but have to figure out cable guides. For a while I thought the sissy bar wouldn't line up but that cleared up when I extended the seat post to fit my height.
Both wheels are off center complicating brake issues temporarily until I work on them.
Cosmetically I'm not sure about black versus white banana seat. The black spacers and stem definitely need to be traded for silver. I have white bolt on grips and avid silver brake levers. The shifter is black and I have regular black grips. If I use the black grips I can cut the right grip so the grip + shifter match the left grip size. I also have white or black cables.
Ride - I don't know but I suspect the handling will be strange. It'll be definitely a cruising style slow speed bike.