Visitor query - wood trim on a motorcycle?


I have a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electraglide that was in an accident in which the bike slid on its side along the asphalt causing severe road rash to some of the chrome tubing and other parts.
Thinking about options to replace or cover up the damage I thought that some wood trim might look classy. The effect would be understated and subtle; I don't want to panel half the bike like a surf wagon.
Here's what the bike looks like, including the color scheme (blue and silvery white).
http://www.hd4sale.com/bikes/photos/6/16156-medium_Bills%252520Bike001.jpg
The worst damage is on the roll bar coming down at a backwards angle from beneath the driver's saddle. The horizontal chromed bars are also scraped for a few inches back from this roll bar. However the front roll bar is also badly scraped for a few inches below the bend. Also the right side pannier latch is scratched, especially the part above the red reflector.
I thought of using some marine grade mahogony, like the brightwork on a boat.
There's a bit more to this, however; I plan eventually to ornament the bike with some Viking/Celtic artwork (instead of the usual flames etc) and I might want to engrave the wood with some stylized animals, rope weave, runes or other symbols.
I don't have much in the way of woodworking tools but I do have a hobby metal lathe with a milling attachment. One issue is how to attach the wood trim -- I suppose drilling small holes in the chrome tubing is ok if it's a write-off anyway.
Suggestions invited,
Sean
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Top posted because it is the holiday season:
Sean,
Can't really help you with the woodworking too much except to say that you should use a good wood for sun and/or water resistance - maybe teak?
Anyhow... Would LOVE to see the finished product as a rider myself...
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Joe Agro, Jr.
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