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Orangecicle 10-24-2010 10:16 AM

Replacing KTM decals -- say goodbye to Mr. Bubbles!
So, I'm finally getting my KTM about where I want it.

Pelican case installed on the back -- check.
BlackDog Cycle Works sidestand relocator -- check.
New tires and brake pads -- check.
Bar risers -- check.

But, the KTM tank stickers just bug the heck out of me. The bike is wonderful, but it looks like it's a reject from a leper colony:

The time has come to attack this issue. I could buy the replacement decals from KTM, for a measly $220.00. I'm sorry KTM, but bite me.

I know that a thousand others must have done this before, but here's my solution. First, I had to track down some low-tack automotive tracing/masking paper -- like the stuff you see used in airbrush shops. I found what I was looking for at a local sign shop.

Step one -- take your wife's best holiday kitchen towel and wipe down the beast:

Step two -- carefully apply low-tack tracing paper:

Step three -- start smoothing and trimming the tracing paper so that you get it to lay on the surface cleanly without wrinkles:

Step -- er, 15, trace the outline:

This front bit is a little more tricky. The paper wants to wrinkle because of the the curve. I hope it won't be a problem going back on. Time will tell.

Next, remove said tracing paper:

. . . trying not to wrinkle it or allowing it to stick itself together. Your efforts are pretty much toast if you allow the sticky sides to stick together.

I couldn't think of a better way to transport the tracing back to the sign shop, so I just rolled the pieces back on the roll that it came on:

OK, back to the sign shop!

As I started talking to the guys at the shop, we kicked around different ideas of what to do. They could just cut new black pieces to replace the old vinyl. That would be fine. I do like the look of the stock bike. Then I noticed that the guys had large pieces of 3M Scotchlite. Hmmm. Should I?

Then the owner of the shop noted that they make road signs for the Department of Transportation, which just start out as high quality reflective material that they print on top of and then clear coat over. The print quality is exceptional, and the guy noted, "We can print anything on reflective material. We could print a picture of your daughter there if that's what you want." Hmmm. Maybe reflective black with a little "Ride the World" in reflective orange? Maybe flames shooting down the side of the bike? Hmmm. I'm gonna have to think about this.

More to come.

209ninja 10-24-2010 12:47 PM

Keep me posted. I also have a 2005.5 950 and the decals are bubbling. Makes the bike look dogs balls. ALthough I am selling it, I want to make it a little prettier.

Orangecicle 10-24-2010 03:16 PM

Really cool, or way too ghetto???
My first mockup:

mookymoo 10-24-2010 03:48 PM

The flames are a bit ghetto ... but its all a matter of personal taste :D

Qwik 10-24-2010 03:51 PM

I like the "Ride the World" inset idea.

Orangecicle 10-24-2010 04:18 PM

Less ghetto, more ADV

Geek 10-24-2010 04:24 PM

209Ninja: did you really have to quote all the photos? :huh

I like the compass graphics! :clap

kdscoates 10-24-2010 04:36 PM

I like either one, would look better than my bubbles let me know what you get and if my cheap ass can afford it maybe we could get a few sets!!:deal
for a better price!!

a$$hole 10-24-2010 05:58 PM

The compass one is sweet but I would rotate the compass counter-clockwise a little to match the body line better.

DeeGee 10-24-2010 06:11 PM

How about a reflective picture of the Dakar logo?

David37 10-24-2010 07:45 PM

Try checking out Factory Effex, N-Style, One Industries they all make graphic kits for dirt bikes and their KTM graphic kits may give you some ideas for your bike. IMO I would pass on the flames.

Geek 10-24-2010 08:08 PM

How about this? :D

Before you flame away.. I currently own 3 bmws (car included) and have owned many others over the years. Its a joke! :freaky

KTMDAD 10-24-2010 08:10 PM

I have a question, how do you remove the stock stickers? Do they just peel off?

Dirt2007 10-24-2010 08:13 PM

I like the compass!

twodollardoug 10-24-2010 10:29 PM

how about the compass and the ride the world logo?

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