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Old 03-17-2008, 03:06 PM   #16
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I agree, the RT has a lot of surface area which makes it difficult. Perhaps a two tone - leave the rear fender and side covers flat black. Paint the lowers one color - something mild, maybe even flat or semigloss black - and then the rest your color of choice. It isn't that hard to do a nice rattle can job - even metallics and candy apple.

Just because the bike has 200K doesn't mean it doesn't deserve to look good. I understand how you feel - that it's high miles and not worth much, so not worth spending the effort or expense.

On the other side of the fence, I think the old girl is worth it and actually deserves it. I'm always impressed when I see a 200K mile bike that looks like new.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:02 PM   #17
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I hate to say it but the old girls getting to the stage where it's just becoming uneconomical to repair her. The original ATE front end and was replaced by a later Brembo one. The sliders from that have just been replaced because another British winter of heavy salt got to them, the fairings de-laminating in several places and I've had a couple of stress fractures on the frame. I've just rebuilt the gearbox. The heads are away having unleaded conversions, new valves and guides fitted. Apart from that the engines sweet.

I recently picked up an 83 frame, swinging arm and stands for the equivalent of $50 I'm intending to rebuild that chassis and fit the engine, wheels and drive train from this bike into the later chassis. The plan is to make a really nice job of it and put together a tidy roadster. In the mean time she just needs to last a few months until I sort the Mono G/s out - The wheels on that have started to break up through fatigue. It's a young 20 years old with 110,000 on it so theres plenty of life left in it yet.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:54 PM   #18
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I like blue,

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:05 PM   #19
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How 'bout red.. this was a rattle can job on my 82RS...is going to be redone this summer add a pinstripe as well.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:12 PM   #20
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I like the blue to match the color of the gas tank roundel. With gold pinstripes. I alway wanted a black one but got this instead and grew to really like the color. I'm doing a semi-restoration on the /5 and will repaint the same color.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:15 PM   #21
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black with white pinstripes
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:54 AM   #22
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The black with pinstripes looks great. I fancied something different this time when I restore the bike.

This is the last one I did:-

Before



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I'm going to do a similar thing with the current RT when I've cleared the backlog of jobs. It just needs to be cheap and cheerful to tide me over.

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:03 AM   #23
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One of the guys on here posted a pic of a lovely bike painted in the Bronze colour.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:03 AM   #24
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Quote:
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I like blue,


+1000000

Alaska Blue. Silver pinstripes and battery cover decals.

I had one.

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Old 03-18-2008, 01:21 PM   #25
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This is another green posibility, not many around.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #26
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Actually it a GM Saturn color, Pacific Blue....... don't let your friends ride your newly restored bike.

Here's the after shot, black is a lot cheaper btw.

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:03 AM   #27
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This isn't an Airhead, but I'm sort of partial to the satin blech, er black. Maybe add a little chrome, too.




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Old 03-19-2008, 08:40 AM   #28
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Paint color?

Flat Black...it IS a BMW in transition! But go easy on the coats...remember, it will all have to be sanded back down at some point! Man, that's work :)
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:42 AM   #29
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cant believe nobody said truck bed liner yet
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:51 AM   #30
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Of course, there's always the old standby: "Decals"

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