|10-27-2010, 10:22 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2006
Digital Desert camouflage the KLR650 step-by-step walk thru
Enclosed is a step by step walk thru outlining a project to digital desert camouflage a KLR650. I have seen several camo style bikes. The USMC adopted the KLR650 as it's primary motorcycle. The USMC version is shown below:
The USMC KLR
I start all projects with a review of the components to be removed and modified
There are multiple techniques to apply camouflage.
2. Vinyl graphic decal
I attempted to paint the bike one part/section at a time. I started with a mirror and front brake hub. To paint digital desert graphic the process is as follows:
1. Remove and mask component
2. Degrease and clean with alcohol
3. skuff part with 220 grit sandpaper metallic, 400 grit for plastic part
4. Primer 2x coats for metallic part, no primer for plastic part
5. Paint with light color first Krylon fusion khaki 2-3 coats
6. get female type digital template decal sticker (from e-bay)
mask the item roto hub shown
adding stickers to mirror
paint with next darker color, mirror shown
krylon darker flat camouflage color
decals after usage, they are reusable....At this point I realized this is not going to work...The process is too time consuming and the results are marginal....So on to plan B
I ordered couple digital desert sheets from www.powersportswraps.com, they are shown below next to real digital desert camo
peal back and apply like a sticker, still not really happy with the pattern. So, on to a plan C
I ordered some double sided carpet tape from Lowes, Mildew resistant, very sticky....about the same as high quality duct tape
added a small swatch to the hood of my CRV....Held up well over 8 months thru 6 washes, lots of various weather
I ordered 10 yards of 100% nylon digital desert camouflage for $20 from e-bay. I ended up using about 70% of the material. I also ended up using about 6 rolls of carpet take, About 70% of the visable bike is covered in the camo cloth, 25% is painted in either Khaki (Krylon fusion ultra flat camouflage) or sand color for the high temp parts. About 5% is not pained, wheels, valve stems and such
Apply the double sided tape to the camo cloth, Use a heat gun to wick the adhesive into the nylon fibers, I also used a roller (shown later) to press the tape up against the fabric.
peal back tape protection layer with Exacto knife
I ended up consuming about 100 blades Exacto blade # 11 works best
peal back layer
lay part on top and keep creases to minimum, unfortunatly one the tape touches the part, it is very difficult to re-position
work thru, in this case, a part of the front fender
like so, full coverage
use Exacto to trim excess
trim out all holes
use heat gun to drape cloth and tape to form tight to contour
use soldering iron to cauterize the trim lines
after soldering iron to edge, keeps from fraying the ends
fork brace parts completed
headlight guard covered
headlight guard after trim
let tape connect, not lap over
trim back with scissors
finished turn signal, part paint part camo
turn signal attached to headlight guard
ready for paint
couple of coats
for fork guard, the tape does not stick, so I'll use a 3M adhesive spray for rubber
stretch out the rubber fork guard and apply the cloth with adhesive, allow to dry, the cloth adheres very well
paint other parts
prep front faring
back side of faring
wrap around fabric
contact ends together
small seam exposed
running lights and fender
finished front area
checking swatches on bike.....
To be continued..........
|10-28-2010, 08:59 AM||#3|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: kansas Flint Hills
As allways your projects are outstading, but you do reilize you will lose your bike and never find it now. bete.
|10-28-2010, 10:10 AM||#5|
Doesn't wave back.
Joined: May 2007
Location: Across the pond.
That`s a hell of a lot of work,but it looks awesome.
All that trouble to make others think their digital cameras are faulty.
I'd only waste my money if I didn`t spend it on all my bikes......
|10-28-2010, 10:32 AM||#6|
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: northern california
I love that you left the reflectors on the fork legs.
01 KLR650 mostly stock
00 GasGas XC250 sorta stock
93 XT225 all stock
|10-30-2010, 05:23 PM||#8|
Joined: Sep 2007
Have you ridden it in the rain yet? Those pegs might get a bit slippery
|07-27-2012, 07:30 PM||#11|
Joined: May 2008
Location: Lebanon Oregon
It's not what my DR needs, but I can see the idea for stealth camping, hunting and zombie attacks. I use a desert tan bike cover for camping concealment and it can double for a tent if a day trip turns into overnight.
The built in axe and shovel are great and will incorporate onto my bike. Thanks for thinking outside the "box".
Like the HI-VIZ vest and I wear them too (have several).
Western Oregon USA
CB250 1991 Adventure bike "dual-sport"
smilin jack screwed with this post 07-27-2012 at 07:39 PM
|08-17-2012, 08:43 AM||#12|
Neville1 to TT boys
Joined: May 2004
Location: Rehoboth MA
1990 DR650S bikepics.com page
|05-03-2012, 08:22 PM||#13|
Survivor of Reality
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Portage ,PA
Funny that people ragged on this guy ... And I bet everyone rode a bike that looked exactly like every other bike of that model . Good for him for doing what he wanted and liked , no shame in that . I worked with a guy that bought some tacky flame stickers from Walmart and placed them on his we Harley , thought it was the cats ass . Who cares , he liked it and rode the piss out of it
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|09-11-2012, 05:35 PM||#15|
DAV Life Member.
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Panama Rep.De.Panama
Im seeing it with mine own eyes,but Im not believing it,WHY????Just WHY????
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