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post #1 of 18 Old 01-23-2017, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ever buy a new bike because of the colour. Really liking the yellow on the the '17-'18 models. My bike still has low enough kms to get a good trade in. Just fantasizing tho.
Am assuming the new ABS would be a good feature altho there's nothing wrong with the old one. I've had ABS kick in on hard corner braking and I'm still here. Other thing is the spoked wheels and the choice for the cheaper cast wheels. A lot of my bikes have had spoked wheels mainly because I came from the 60s and 70s era but also because of the standard on the KLR and F800GS. I do remember the big 'to do' about spoked wheel with the nay sayers spouting the disadvantages of cast on dirt. I went with cast for the money savings and ease of maintenance. And my V2 has been on the dirt a lot in the last couple of years with no bad effects. I don't do the Baha and am not prone to hard knocks so it's just fine for me.
As my exhaust and fuelling is totally modded for power my purchase would depend on total transference of all that stuff. Am assuming that nothing has changed in the engine / exhaust config? And whoever bought my bike would get a practically unused exhaust and flapper. I guess I would throw in the Oxford heated grip system as they would just be too hard to get off. Replacement for those is not a real big deal anyway.
So it's all just winter dreamin but I sure do like that yellow.

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-23-2017, 12:39 PM
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Never bought a bike based on color, only price. Somehow though, the vast majority of my bikes have ended up being red.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-23-2017, 01:43 PM
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Somehow though, the vast majority of my bikes have ended up being red.


Funny, when I brought my 650 home a few months ago I parked it in the garage. As I looked at my red Goldwing and red Yamaha Raider, I commented "hmmm I didn't realize how much I liked red".
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I have always wanted a yellow bike (I think it stems from as a kid I had a XR75 but I wanted the YZ80)

My bride keeps saying why don't you just buy a yellow bike and my reply is what would I want for then ???
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Probably cheaper and easier to just have the tank and rear spring painted or wrapped. I noticed the new bike had a black spring and black forks, although the surface of the forks feels the same as the gold colored ones.

I kind of prefer the gold forks over the black.

The spoked wheels would not be cheap to swap out though, still with the money you lost selling used, and the extra you pay buying new, it may work out cheaper to just buy new spoked wheels, assuming they would fit the M4/5/6.
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I definitely did not buy my 2015XT for the color (gray only). I would have loved to have gotten one in red.
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Spray cans! I bought a ZR7S Kawasaki because of the yellow color. My '89GS was yellow/black and I painted my R65LS yellow to match a helmet I bought.
Recently made my 04 Wee tan with Rustoleum
Color-rite makes good cans of paint too.
From a distance the rattle can color looks as good as factory. You can have what you want.
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I painted my V2 with Plasti Dip, more for paint protection but it is quick, easy and reversible.

Some of the 19 rides in my shed
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2009 Wee, Pumbaa the pig
WR450F, The Blue Postie Bike
YZ250N smoker with rego, Stinky.
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I get the color thing. It wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but I too love the yellow. I have a red '14 Vee2, and would hesitate trading it is just yet, as Suzuki may come out with bigger changes to this Vstrom in a couple of years. Might be a little crazy to trade in your Vee2, only to find major changes within two years of your purchase. I say two years as that would make about 6 years from the release of the Vee2. Just my way of looking at it.
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First real bike was red Honda Hawk and 50 years later still adore Honda red....just love the colour of my CBF.

Had a 23 year old ST1100 in Australia and that lovely red was still glorious,



Bought the first Wee without thinking about colour ....had the right goodies...but the all black always seemed busy....nothing to break it up tho with the agressive tread there was an industrial appeal.



sold it - missed it and couldn't resist the white - liked the look and the deal.

Had the "twins" for a while



Then sold the Burgman and wanted a thrill machine. Never heard of a CBF1000



I was finally back to the red Honda I'd wanted for years, looks, thrills and light.


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Canada 2018 CB500x >2009 CBF1000 sold 10 Wee ABS sold 09 Burgman Exec sold 10 NT700v sold
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