Well, I took the Sporty down to the dealer in Southampton, Dockgate 20, and they're going to cover the fork lowers under warranty.
Ben, the tech, said it's pretty common over here where the winters are really wet and the roads salty. He's going to do the rear wheel (peeling chrome), too. Good dude, overall. Very pragmatic view of what should and shouldn't be covered. Doesn't take the **** and, likewise, won't let the **** be taken, either.
Oh, and to give you an indicator of what the weather's been like over here for the last 6 months or so, when I started getting ready to get the bike out, the skies were blue and sunny. By the time I got the bike out, showers had developed. [:@] Drove through two more on the way. [:@][:@]
And, you know what? Hail sounds really cool when it hits your helmet at 70 mph!!
And, by the time I left the dealer, the clouds had cleared and it was warm(er) and beautifully sunny. And I had the rest of the afternoon free. Guess what I did!!