Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Grand Marais, MN
It seems that my Wee is allergic to trailers.
Back in January, I had occasion to try to put my bike on a trailer (long story involving inane AZ DMV officials who wouldn't let my ride to my license test- finally resolved). It tipped over and I rashed up the right side fairing pretty badly.
Since then I've added SW-Motech crashbars (and centerstand, and bash plate, and a Superbrace, and finishing up my flush mount turn signals). But I've still got the issue of the body damage to consider.
I took the damaged fairing panel to the local custom paint shop. To my surprise, they were unable to match the paint. They were so frustrated they went to the DuPont Paints distributor's office, and borrowed a magic paint camera that's supposed to analyze paint and give a formulation to mix. The magic paint camera was stumped by the Suzuki red paint. Two weeks after I brought the guy the panel, no work has been done.
As it stands, I've got a few options:
1) buy a new fairing panel from Suzuki
2) ride with the damaged fairing, and eventually cover it with stickers
3) paint both fairings to match, in a color other than '06 Red
4) find a Suzuki shop who'll admit to having this shade of red, and who will sell me a quart or so at an insane price
5) paint some sort of design over the damaged area in a contrasting color.
Right now I'm leaning towards 2 (just to ride the bike). I haven't priced out 1 because the dealership was closed today, when the paint guy finally admitted to me that he was stumped.
3 intrigues me, and I'm playing around with paint schemes in my head- if I can find a free Photoshop-type program I'll play around with that. I'm kicking around 5 with a fair amount of seriousness, especially considering using retroreflective paint. Not sure if it's legal, but I've seen on here some folks have use reflective tape and stickers and such, so it shouldn't be any different than that.
Not being at all an artist, does anyone here have any ideas? Please?
Guess I should have been wearing pants...
'86 Suzuki GS450L (redneck-farkled)
'79 Yamaha XS1100 (project bike)
'06 Suzuki DL650 (SW-MOTECH: centerstand, bellypan, crashguards) (3M reflective striping) (Powermadd handguards) (Nelson-Rigg saddlebags and tankbag)