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    So this is just a superficial question but I wanted everyones opinion. I have been slowly working on the TW to get it the way that I want. Part of that is mechanically and part of that is aesthetically. This post is purely aesthetic (I know some of you will appreciate this). I first purchased the used 2006 with the pictured color scheme. I am not sure how it got that color scheme, as all the 2006 pictures I see have black plastics, not blue. They must have switched them with maybe a 2007 at some time? Anyway, it got me thinking about changing the colors. The front headlight cowling had a huge black gash in it when I bought it so I purchased some white vinyl wrap to re-cover it and it worked out great. As mentioned in other posts, the vinyl wrap process is not real straight forward but with a little patience and a hair dryer, it worked out fine.
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    So thinking of the original colors I thought maybe black would be nice for the headlight cowling and the side plastics. I bought a used extra headlight cowling so I could leave the white one the way it was. I found some black vinyl wrap that had a carbon fiber print on it (thought some texture might look good) and applied it to the end result below.
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    I am not sure if I am happy with it and since the vinyl wrap is so cheap (about $7 to do the headlight cowling and side plastic) I am considering trying a couple of other schemes. I was thinking of either a gloss black instead of the carbon fiber or a gloss blue to match the rest of the plastics. Soooo, the big question is ....... stay with the white, stay with the carbon fiber, change to gloss black or change to gloss blue? Lets hear it!
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    Go with "desert tan" instead - if Admiral and I do it, it must right.

    Some call it "Camel tan"...that just sounds better. (not to be confused with camel toe)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911garand View Post
    Go with "desert tan" instead - if Admiral and I do it, it must right.

    Some call it "Camel tan"...that just sounds better. (not to be confused with camel toe)
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    I think the 2006 actual was the blue color your showing. I had a 2005 and it was black.

    Colors are so hard to advise for another person. The carbon fiber wrap you've done on the cowl and side cover do look kind of cool though I would never have thought about using that. I tried using a tan vinyl wrap and started with the front fender. Even with a hair dryer, it was way too difficult for me (read no patience) and I abandoned the thought.

    If I had a blue TW like you do, I would have left my this color, I like that blue. However, I like the black carbon over the white plastics with your blue.





    However, I did go the way 1911garand mentions and like this color too, especially since I live in a desert or very close to it! I used rattle can camo tan. Easy to touch up when I get a scratch. I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to paint so rattle can doesn't bother me.

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    The black looks more integrated into the existing graphics. Notice how the "swoosh" from the gas tank transitions nicely into the black side cover. The white is a bit jarring as-is but might work if softened by using black or blue on the lower halves of the side covers and coming up with something to break up the white chunk of a cowl. just my 2c. In the meantime keep having fun and posting pix!
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    Either way looks good to me but If I picking one or the other I'd go with the black carbon look. Seems more seamless and fitting to the bike to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post






    Awesome anti-theft device!
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    That Stillwater bike sure is handsome either way. The blue JimboShield sure is stunning on a blue bike. 20170312_164534_small2.jpg
    Were that beauty mine I would lose the headlight grill, buy, or paint headlight cowling a matching blue and locate '06 decals for the cowling that match the tank.
    As Columbanus points out the extended "swoosh" of the black side cover is a very nice continuation of a theme..
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    I love subdued colors, and the black blends well. I like the black!
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    Great feedback and I appreciate all the comments. Its funny reading the comments because I have had almost all of these thoughts before and it makes me feel better that others do too. 1911 and Admiral, I have thought of doing the "Camel Tan" before but I do really like the blue color when it is (rarely) washed up and cleaned. Fred, that is a great idea about the decals. Also, I did actually remove the grill from the headlight. I saw a post about it and literally an hour later walked past one at the store. Removed it because I didn't like the look that much on my bike (looked better on others). Fred & Columbanus, about the black being part of the tank "swoosh", I agree and thought that it helped to tie the rest of the bike in with the tank. Keep the comments coming and I appreciate the pictures to go along with them. My wife loved the picture of the "anti-theft device"!
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