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Old 06-13-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Sticker Etiquitte

I'm in the process of retiring one bike and upgrading to a new one. A 1150GS-Adventure to a 120OGS-Adventure. I've been to quite a few places on the 1150 and have a lot of memories tied to the stickers on the panniers. What's the group consensus on transferring stickers from one set of panniers to another. Are the stickers tied to the bike being at those places or to the rider?

Throughout the years I've purchased duplicate stickers from a lot of places so I have spares. There are ones that I won't be able to replace.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Personally I only put stickers on when I have been the place in/on that vehicle. I am currently saving them up until I get critical mass. Hopefully I'll have enough by the end of the summer so as not to embarrass myself.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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I don't think there's a universally accepted meaning of a sticker on a vehicle. To me it just means that you probably liked the sticker enough to put it there. (But it could also have been placed surreptitiously by a third person.)

It doesn't imply that you have been there, nor the bike, nor even somebody you know.

Your vehicle - your sticker - your decision!
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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I seen a waterhead with lots of worldly stickers on the shiny new thing and all I could think was F'n Poser! Then I followed him for a bit and saw him ride like he was in a third world country so maybe he wore out the old bike adventuring and bought new stickers for the new GS. Dunno. Just looked cheesy to me. I bought used aluminum cases that had been there and done that but I peeled all the decals off and polished them up. The Starbucks decal was the first to go! I'll get my own stickers as I earn them.

It's up to you really. How important is your "image"? My last GS was sold along with all the stickers and my newer one is totally blank right now. Funny, my GF asked me the same thing about a Dragon decal from Deals Gap. She ran it with her last bike that got caged to death and wondered if she was "allowed" to put one on the new bike.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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I'd rather see stickers showing where someone has been over company logos. Why give a company free advertising when you already spent money on their product?
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:02 PM   #6
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i think its ok to transfer them. i figure if you got a sticker from somewhere, it means you been there. if i see someone with a sticker that i have been too i like to talk to that person about it and see how they liked it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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I'd rather see stickers showing where someone has been over company logos. Why give a company free advertising when you already spent money on their product?
I select riding gear with small, unobtrusive logos and stickers for products that I have a good experience with (Mobil1 oil, Odyssey) and vendors that I trust (Cyclebrakes).

As for as where I've been, ask and I'll show you the photos...no stickers.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:46 PM   #8
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What stickers mean the most to you? Do they bring back fond memories, or conjure up that story about that time that guy did that thing? I say it's more important to have the memento as a memory jogger or conversation starter than to worry about being seen as a poseur.

However, if the new bike is intended as a clean slate, the start of new adventures, then your panniers should be clean as a whistle.


And if you figure out how to safely transfer decals without tearing, let me know.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:47 PM   #9
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I think it means you and the bike have been there. Can't transfer stickers. Sorry. That's the rule.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #10
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I'm in the process of retiring one bike and upgrading to a new one. A 1150GS-Adventure to a 120OGS-Adventure. I've been to quite a few places on the 1150 and have a lot of memories tied to the stickers on the panniers. What's the group consensus on transferring stickers from one set of panniers to another. Are the stickers tied to the bike being at those places or to the rider?

Throughout the years I've purchased duplicate stickers from a lot of places so I have spares. There are ones that I won't be able to replace.
I just take pictures of the stickers so that I can have a reminder of some of the good times.



IMO The bike owns the stickers as much as I do.

Pins and patches OTOH are a different story.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:55 PM   #11
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I just take pictures of the stickers so that I can have a reminder of some of the good times.
THATS IT!

I'll take a picture of my old bike make a sticker from the picture and put it on the pannier.

I'll have to take two pictures and make two stickers of the old bike one from the right and one from the left. That way each pannier will be represented.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #12
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And if you figure out how to safely transfer decals without tearing, let me know.
I was kinda wondering that myself...

The vario panniers that came with my bike has some hideous (albeit safe) reflective stripes all over it, plus a "Fire/Medic/Rescue" sticker, which needs to come off. I'm a retired Ammo troop; I blow people up, I don't save them!
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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THATS IT!

I'll take a picture of my old bike make a sticker from the picture and put it on the pannier.

I'll have to take two pictures and make two stickers of the old bike one from the right and one from the left. That way each pannier will be represented.
Take pix and have a wrap made for the new bike
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:16 PM   #14
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I have done the traveling, the vehicle is just the means of getting there. I don't have the stickers but i highlight every trip on my road atlas. I have had over 2 dozen bikes, life does not start over with each one. The stickers and the experiences are yours not the machines. If it says "THIS BIKE climbed Mt. Washington" that is another story.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:21 PM   #15
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I don't think there's a universally accepted meaning of a sticker on a vehicle. To me it just means that you probably liked the sticker enough to put it there. (But it could also have been placed surreptitiously by a third person.)

It doesn't imply that you have been there, nor the bike, nor even somebody you know.

Your vehicle - your sticker - your decision!
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