Balance: Performance vs. Longevity?

Brandon Bakke /
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I've got a '79 PA50II, and while I'm waiting for the exhaust gasket I forgot to order and staring irritatedly at my proma pipe laying on my living room floor, I had a question:

I know that in general the more you mod a bike for peformance, the harder it is on the components. Is adding a new pipe and intake, and possibly dual stage reeds (but leaving the cylinder/porting, displacement, compression, etc. stock) going to number the days of my hobbit?

This bike is my transportation, I put about 50 miles a week if not more on it during riding season, so I need to consider wear and tear before I destroy my bike for the sake of a 10mph gain.

As usual, thanks!

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