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    So many options, such good advice, only one TW. I should have a herd of these trail snails like some of you. Then I could have a snakeskin dip on one for Monday, an artic cammo wrap for Tuesday, flourescent safety orange paint for Wednesday and of course a Flying Tiger tiger or shark's mouth decals over P-40 Olive drab paint for Thursday.
    Bluefox's comment r.e. dip cost is correct. A home do it yourself kit snakeskin water transfer job with tubs and hardeners and clearcoat is about the 2/3rds cost of a Seat Concepts which would benefit my skinny fanny more than any paint job. But snake, zebra,leopard, cammo patterns look so cool!
    Dubster seems to have solved any vinyl peel and edge problems, his patience and attention to detail may exceed mine though.
    Maybe should just reach for rattle cans like Admiral since his bike looks so good with a monochromatic look. Paint is readily done and repaired.

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    Nope Fred, you don't get off that easy. We, your massive fan club are waiting for the custom FredTW. Rattle can won't do it.
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    I took the lazy man's route and spray painted plastic Flourescent Safety Orange ( since I am unsafe at any speed folks need to see me). My hope is that bright color will have people averting their eyes before they notice my chewed up plastic.
    r80rt might be appalled at me painting his used XT 225 tank but buffing and clear coat could only restore top half of tank's paint. I do have a closely matching metallic blue to strategically add should orange hurt my eyes on a bright day.
    I prepped plastic with wash, razor bladed fuzzy stuff, light sanding, flame melt rough stuff and oxidize surface, plastic primer, 2 color coats then 2 clear coats.
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    Now you can give the KTM guys a run for their money

    I like it!


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    Looks good to me Fred.
    Reminds me of an XL250 I had years ago. I had a series of close calls in a short time that culminated in being forced off the road at around 50mph. I seriously considered painting the bike and helmet fluorescent orange. Instead I quit riding on the street for 12 years until my kids were grown.
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    I read here wants that study showed white was the safest helmet color but my old grey helmet may get the glow orange paint also for safety
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    I wrapped my bike with a $70 4x5 sheet from camo4u. It seems to hold up fine to gas and wear and tear, but I would never do it again. If you got the cash have it hydro dipped.
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    Add reflective vinyl tape from Identi-Tape - All Kinds of Colored Tape to strategic locations on both the bike and your helmet to increase night-time safety. You could even have a sign shop cut these into decals for you.
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    Great idea RiskEverything, thanks. I have some red and silver reflective tape leftovers from a bridge stanchion job, 3"x18". I was thinking of using some on swingarm and forks hoping legally it would satisfy reflector need since my oem ones went bye-bye long ago. Probably need orange color though. I am rarely on public roads but Hi-Vis makes sense all the time IMHO. How about a black light so flourescant paint glows in dark? Haha

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    [QUOTE=Fred;113054][QUOTE]

    Good golly, the Wolfpack may not welcome you to the campus party with those Bronco color's. Giggle. Yeah, you'll have to tell'em it's a safety or KTM thing!


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