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Old 05-03-2012, 08:04 PM   #151
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I have to applaud the OP's dedication and effort. I even think the idea of camo-ing a DS is cool, in a TEOTWAWKI-kinda way.

Re visibility, put a small bicycle strobe on the front of the bike, and a blinking LED rear, and wear hi-viz clothing (like the vest in the OP's post), and you'll be about as good as it gets anyway.

My only quibble would be the method used. I would have gone with the vinyl wrap approach... seems like this would have been a lot less effort and would have resulted in a more durable result. Or else, used camo paint and the stencils.

Even so, I think militaries have discovered that the fine-detail camo is really not necessary for vehicles at any distance. Look at how the US military paints Humvees, etc. If you want the benefits of camo, no need to do all that work, just break up the outline. However, if you want the 'coolness' factor, then vinyl seems the easiest way to get it.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #152
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Enclosed is the same bike with a revised and softened camo re-do. Couple issues over time that needed addressing:
1. The camo cloth was changed to a 3 ply waterproof fabric. This with help when the bike gets wet or when washing the bike. The fabric will not wick in moisture.
2. I revised the bonding process. The new process adheres the fabric to the bike better and I can apply the fabric without wrinkles,
3. The area of fabric was decreased from 80% to 30%. The remaining components were painted.

Finished bike, rev A

front view....removed camo from forks, fender and shock guard. Front fairing has targeted application

Happy Trails pannier re- camo'd, added keyed locks

close-up of seat, no wrinkles, Stitched in fabric at OEM lines
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:27 PM   #153
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looks better but still have no clue why you covered the seat?
that offers nothing but a sticky glue ass over time and say you are more into look then any reason of function.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:38 AM   #154
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I like it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:05 AM   #155
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That's the coolest bike I'd never ride on the street! Crazy people with a vision make this world interesting.

I'd like to build a super high visibility bike. Lights have been done to death and sometimes have the opposite effect (they attack people). What about a bike with a paint scheme that alternates reflective blaze orange and reflective high viz yellow?
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:52 AM   #156
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looks better but still have no clue why you covered the entire bike?
that offers nothing but a sticky glue ass over time and say you are more into look then any reason of function.
Fixed

Still boggles my mind someone would want to make their bike MORE invisible that it already is...
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:06 PM   #157
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looks better but still have no clue why you covered the seat?
that offers nothing but a sticky glue ass over time and say you are more into look then any reason of function.
I did not notice or experience any residue from the double back tape. Unfortunately it did not adhere too well to the nylon camo cloth. Fixed that issue with a revised bond process
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #158
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Very nice job! Pretty much a work of art!

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).

Dave

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Old 07-27-2012, 07:46 PM   #159
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:05 PM   #160
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I'm speechless.....A for effort!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #161
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Fixed

Still boggles my mind someone would want to make their bike MORE invisible that it already is...
You do realize how ugly the KLR is right?
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:34 PM   #162
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You do realize how ugly the KLR is right?
I have a 99 XRL, I know ugly.

That bike though is fucking stupid. YMMV....
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:40 PM   #163
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That is about as cool as a KLR will get.

If I ever had another I'd do about 75% of what he did here with vinyl wrap.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #164
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It's "creative"
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #165
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I don't understand why people seem to think ACU will make you less visible. The only place that crap blends in at all is in a pile of gravel (and a floral couch).

People will be able to see you coming from miles away.
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