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Rob Farmer 03-16-2008 09:39 AM

Looking for a good colour for an old Airhead
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Any ideas?

I've nearly finished overhauling my 78 R100. Mechanically it's sorted but cosmetically it's a little "challenged". The bikes got over 200,000 miles on it so I'm not inclined to spend much on the paint scheme. I've just painted the fairing satin black using a spray can. I'm not sure about it though.

What would be a cool "cheap" colour for an old RT?

P B G 03-16-2008 09:41 AM

I am quite partial to blue and white on airheads. blue frame, white and blue body work.

notarex 03-16-2008 09:47 AM

I personally love the pearl white on airheads, though you run the risk of being mistaken for a cop...

Rob Farmer 03-16-2008 09:51 AM

I was thinking more of a "rattle can" spray job. It's not worth spending much on the old girl.

Stagehand 03-16-2008 10:17 AM

that orange "curry" or whatever is one of my favorite colors. Dont change it!

Even shit original paint will look cooler than anything rattlecan, imo :deal

Isnt there a "british racing green"? I liked that color, too.

P B G 03-16-2008 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by Stagehand
Isnt there a "british racing green"? I liked that color, too.

That's a great color.

Like painting anything, quality comes from prep, you can actually get a very good quality paint job from a rattle can, of course it is very easy to make it terrible as well.

The orange is a good color, not my favorite, but still a good color.

If you aren't willing to put the time in to really make the paint look good (yes even with a rattle can) don't start painting.

Rob Farmer 03-16-2008 11:11 AM

The Bronze colour on it at the minutes been done with a spray can. It looks better on the picture than it does when you see it close up.

BMW Kurt 03-16-2008 12:26 PM

In the classic day BMWs could come in any color you wanted, as long as you wanted black! :deal

NCGS 03-16-2008 01:03 PM


Originally Posted by Stagehand
that orange "curry" or whatever is one of my favorite colors. Dont change it!

+1! :evil

RoughReady 03-16-2008 06:13 PM

My /5 project in the garage came in a rattlecan French blue type color that was the same color as the blue in the BMW roundel on the tank. I intend on repainting the same blue color. Oh, and gold pinstripes.

DeeG 03-16-2008 08:15 PM

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I really like the stock color on my '78 R45. Nice shade of 'blend in brown'. :1drink

The R80 with the hack is a reddish orange, not sure if that is stock or not, but it looks nice. Then there's is alwayts, shiney black like the C.

datchew 03-16-2008 08:19 PM

I've always dreamed of green.

Almost did my GS in OD, but it just doesn't have the age to merit the color.
THis is one of my favorite colors on a bike.

Rob Farmer 03-16-2008 11:21 PM

I like that green.

This paint jobs just a temporary thing so I was looking to have some fun, the problem with the RT is there's so much bodywork only certain colours look right. Hopefully the bikes only going to exist with the spray can paint job for a couple of months while I sort my Mono G/s out.

OldBMWMaster 03-17-2008 07:14 AM

Zebra stripes
Barbie has her heart set on zebra stripes for her /6.

Inky 03-17-2008 01:50 PM


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