Join Date: May 2009
Location: Indiana/ Michigan line at the Lake
KLR's with bling?
Evenin' fellas. (and ladies)
After owning both on and off road scooters I noticed how plain and unchanged
I'd left the XL and DR but went wild with paint, wax, chrome, etc. on the
Goldwing, HD's, the Nighthawk, and CB 750 over the years.
Now, having been back into the dualsport scene two seasons my
poor bike is suffering identity crises one after the other. In a good way.
The bike looked like a million bucks at the stealership bone stock. It was
black with the green/ silver decal graphics, silver parts and landing gear.
Most of the regulars here who semi-follow it's progress now know I call it the batcycle.
The decals are stripped, and virtually every part that can come off has
indeed come off and been blacked out in gloss, flat, or semi-gloss to match
the frame. We're talking swingarm, forks, the bars, trees, cali[pers, even the oil filter
cover. Everything but the engine and rims to give it some bright contrast.
Then things got stoopid. LOL I put on a chrome headpipe heatshield from
the front pipe off an HD, and now after having the wheels off for snow
tire installation, literally polished the rotors to a mirror shine with the palm
sander and progressively finer grits. (went to 1000 before using paste)
Now there's this black THING sitting out in the drive with silver and chrome
accents, also including lighted license plate bolts. (more for safety n' visibility.)
I hadn't thought in a while how much had actually been done to the bike
until seeing a stocker go by earlier in the week identical to mine in original
trim. Both look awesome in their own ways but I'd never go back. My
bike is now a one-off custom and there's no other scooter on the planet
that looks the same. Even tho it has all the standard mods we perform
here at KLR forum, it's still stock inside. Reliability is still the name of the game
Most of us add panniers, a trunk, engine guards and highway pegs or whatever
makes the bike personalized for each owner's tastes. I'm wondering
if anybody besides myself added anything just cuz it looks cool or am I
completely nutz for customizing a dualsport?
Pics really will follow soon enough. I've taken quite a few, but haven't
gotten around to the Photobucket account or similar hosting site as of yet.
Ride safe and fun,
This is my son, with whom I am well pleased." ----God
Last edited by CheapBassTurd; 10-30-2010 at 10:56 PM.