I've been planning since I bought the bike to change its looks.
It wasn't bad, just reminded me of how WalMart child bicycles look..
Then I saw these German Decals on a white wee, done by s_boy (and his son who I think serves in the air force):
s_boy's bike looked amazing! It was minimalistic and cool looking.
But I then had a strong flash back/desire to have something similar to Top Gun (I'm a 'visual' guy..)
So inspired by the German Decals design and by Top Gun, I designed my own (similar) decals that had a Military font. I did not fancy much the round fonts used in the German Decals, or the very small 'trom' after the S. The V-STROM had to be much more pronounced.
Of course Maverick (and Iceman and all other pilots in TopGun) had their call sign on the side of the airplane.
Ever since I was 18 and entered the Army my code name given by comrades was 'Bigman'. At some point it was odd to me when people (civilians..) called me by my first real name. The call sign had to be there to make it 'my bike'.
So then I wanted to design my Helmet to fit the bike helmet.
So first I stripped the stock decals,
Then wiped out the areas very well with a clean rug and alcohol (91% - $2 from CVS): ('Vanilla' bike)
I started with a dry position run and used a white board marker (which is easy to remove with Alcohol later) to mark the alignment points. This is a very critical step to ensure correct positioning:
As I learned, it is very important BEFORE peeling the decals to first press the decal on their top using a credit card. This allows easy separation of the bottom carrier paper:
After this step the bottom carrier was gently removed and I carefully held the sticky decal and positioned it against the alignment markers I drew on the bike.
Once the decal was on, I used the credit again this time from center out to take ensure strong tight bond, and then used the soft rug for a final press:
Then the top layer of the decal has to be gently peeled off:
The final results:
And the helmet: (There is also my callsign on the front,not in picture)
It wasn't so cheap, but I like the end result, so it doesn't matter (to me, my wife mumbled something that sounded like "..waste.. of money..", not sure what she meant)
, did the printing and she did a fabulous job.
Her communication skills are fantastic, I do like enjoy with people who answer quickly and straight to the point. Highly recommend her! (No affiliation what so ever, just happy customer)
There are an extra DANGER and US Military Star that will go on the 2nd helmet.
"Iceman: You can be my wingman any time.
Maverick: BS! You can be mine. "