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post #1 of 8 Old 04-17-2015, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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My new '09 is black, which I'm not really crazy about, mainly because of how easily it shows swirl marks and small scratches. Already after going out a dusty road, I could see on the sides of the tank where my knees touch, some areas where the rubbing will cause swirls from the dust.

I'm thinking of putting some blue & silver, or red & silver graphics on the sides of the tank, and maybe the rest of the bike. I don't want to make it too "busy", or cover it completely enough to make it look like a Nike tennis shoe coming down the road, but just enough to enhance the look, and protect the sides of the tank and side covers.

I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on some decent graphic kit suppliers. I also want to get something that is durable, and that won't fade quickly. As with anything, I'm sure there are el cheapo, and better ones out there ... and I figure you guys on the forum would know.

Also, feel free to post pics if you've added graphics to your bike. Thanks very much in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-19-2015, 07:57 AM
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Don't know about graphic kits or stickers from the dealers perhaps...

However, have you considered a tank cover perhaps?
I have a tank cover that takes a clip on tank bag that protects it quite well.

But that is purely for protection and not for cosmetics or the look
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-19-2015, 07:58 AM
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Any other ideas anyone ???

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-20-2015, 06:52 PM
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Wow. I thought the black '09 was so cool I bought one and pulled off every sticker
then blacked out 85% of the bike in gloss, satin, and flat with silver fasteners and
rims for contrast. The scratches and swirls are "character marks" LOL

The batcycle is badazz!!

Even 6 years and 16,000 miles later it looks great (except up close).

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I don't think I'd go for the tank cover, which would likely put rub marks on the paint anyway. I may even design my own. I have a graphic designer friend who does signs, vinyl lettering on commercial vehicles, and so forth. He's very good, and has helped me design logos for business cards, etc. I may see what I can come up with and consider that. The good thing is, they are removable.
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I have the black and it's a really bad color if you're concerned about seeing scratches. Mine looks like a bobcat wrapped in barbed wire took a 30-mile ride on my tank.

After I removed the factory graphics, I briefly looked around for something cool to replace them but just went with the green "Kawasaki" letters because any aftermarket kits I found online didn't impress me. Graphic Designers in Asia don't realize the KLR isn't a sport bike.

I leave mine parked under the carport where a fine layer of dust settles over it and hides the scratches. I just rub the gauges clear with a leather glove before riding off, most likely scratching them up, too. I haven't washed it in like 2 years.

I'm guessing your best bet, as you mentioned above, is to just design and make your own because in my experience even the vast resources of the internet aren't enough to help in this endeavour.

If you do come up with something, make sure you show us.



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I do have a couple of "dusting devices" that work well. I used to use them on my classic Chevy. One is the California Mini Duster, which is made something like a mop, and the other is a furniture duster with very fine fibers made of something like polyester. I go over the paint lightly with them to get off the layer of dust that settles on it from just sitting in the garage. The Calif. duster seems to work the best. So for now I'm just going to keep it waxed up good with Mother's California Gold carnauba, and keep it dusted ... and I think it will stay relatively decent. If my friend and I design some graphics later, I'll definitely post some pics.

http://www.californiacardusters.com/minidashduster.html

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My bike looks like someone beat on it with an ugly stick. Oh well.

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