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PatrickDonovan
02-09-2009, 12:51 AM
Let me preface by saying that I love my '04 RT:heart ! But, really think that the solid colors BMW use without any two-tones or applied viynl stripes get to be a bit boring. It may be that I have nothing better to do during Febrauary in Michigan:cry rather that just stare at my bike in the garage.
I love the K 1200 RS bikes circa '01-'04 and their simple yet well defined horizontal stripes and also the two tone GS's and especially the newer R1200 ST's in two tone. Is it impractical to custom paint the fairing for any reason or add vinyl decals. How come nobody does? Where would I look for something like that? I don't want a harley-esque flag and eagle job, but something in line with other BMW bikes mentioned above.
Are there any pictures of custom painted RT's or with applied graphics out there?

signed,

titan grey in Michigan

R80RTJohnny
02-09-2009, 12:55 AM
Try searching on YouTube - R1200RT . There is some cool decal work out there.

Bdiver
02-09-2009, 01:01 AM
Pat,

Take a picture of your bike and start drawing stripes, or whatever on it and see what you like. If you can futz with it on on the computer all the better as you can change colors and make something you'd like. If you want to actually create your design I'd be happy to help you out as I have done this many times. You don't have to be like everyone else if you don't want to be, have fun with your bike. Shoot I made a "Got Kewl-Aid" sticker for my bike just for fun, life's to short to be boring:D


Here's the kewl-aid sticker. The bike is a dark green so I made some light green reflective flames around the gold backed roundel I also printed.
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2472716020062873392SsFTTc?vhost=rides

Here is a shot of the bike when I just wanted to toss something on for a weekend ride. http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1468379585062873392ZHmVmQ
http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1468379585062873392ZHmVmQ

Best of luck with you and your bike
.

akbeemer
02-09-2009, 01:54 AM
I'd love to see some ideas for new paint and/or decal schemes done by people who have some talent. I do not have an eye for colors and layouts. So post your ideas.

wsteinborn
02-09-2009, 01:58 AM
Daytime - boring:
http://www.dustyjacket.com/mc/r1200rt/pina.jpg

Nighttime - not boring:
http://www.dustyjacket.com/mc/r1200rt/pin.jpg

PlaneGeek
02-09-2009, 04:23 PM
Great reflective graphics! Did you make those or order those?

sundaeman
02-09-2009, 04:46 PM
I added some black & white reflective checkerboard. link to pic (http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/misc%20mc%20web%20stuff/rtp-sideQ108.jpg)

lensuz
02-10-2009, 03:22 AM
I added some black & white reflective checkerboard. link to pic (http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/misc%20mc%20web%20stuff/rtp-sideQ108.jpg)

Looks very "official"...:usa

wsteinborn
02-10-2009, 06:06 AM
Great reflective graphics! Did you make those or order those?

NightRider decals from Streetglo on the fairing and rear of the bags; white SOLAS stipes; reflective blue pinstriping from streetglo, and red reflective prismatic tape from someone on this web site I think.

Rear:
http://www.dustyjacket.com/mc/r1200rt/stripes.jpg

4nbike
02-10-2009, 12:02 PM
I had my 06 R1200RT completely re-painted about a year ago. Total cost about $1000.00 for a quality paint job if done right.

RINTY
02-10-2009, 04:42 PM
How come nobody does? Patrick Donovan

It could be a concern over resale value; and/or the conservative nature of many BMW owners. Generally, I've noticed that colour is a big deal for a lot of people, when choosing a bike or special interest car.

I agree that there's enough body work on an RT that breaking it up with a second colour could improve the appearance. And if an owner used a BMW colour as the second, it could reduce the apprehension of a future buyer.

PAGoldsby
02-10-2009, 05:30 PM
I'm contemplating a two-tone Titan Silver/Titan Grey on my '04. It's Titan Grey right now, which is OK, but I'd like to get a little more spiffy with it.

akbeemer
02-10-2009, 05:48 PM
I added some black & white reflective checkerboard. link to pic (http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/misc%20mc%20web%20stuff/rtp-sideQ108.jpg)

Where did you get the checkerboard decal?

sundaeman
02-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Where did you get the checkerboard decal?

Old world craftsmanship... 3" or 4" V92 silver Reflexite, black Scotchlite sheets, a old photo cutter, circle cutter, X-acto knife, nice beverage and a lazy afternoon in the garage. :drink

One thing to look out for is on some contoured areas it's better to apply the outer layer after the base goes down when the materials have different flex rates.

Tried this out on the rear for a bit...

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/th__D2A47981.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/?action=view&current=_D2A47981.jpg)http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/th__D2A4796.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/?action=view&current=_D2A4796.jpg)

Say hi to my cousin next time your by Denali, he's the one with the float plane and the boat... Oh yeah, guess that doesn't narrow it down by much :laugh

akbeemer
02-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Old world craftsmanship... 3" or 4" V92 silver Reflexite, black Scotchlite sheets, a old photo cutter, circle cutter, X-acto knife, nice beverage and a lazy afternoon in the garage. :drink

One thing to look out for is on some contoured areas it's better to apply the outer layer after the base goes down when the materials have different flex rates.

Tried this out on the rear for a bit...

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/th__D2A47981.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/?action=view&current=_D2A47981.jpg)http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/th__D2A4796.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee34/sundaeman/R12RTP/?action=view&current=_D2A4796.jpg)

Say hi to my cousin next time your by Denali, he's the one with the float plane and the boat... Oh yeah, guess that doesn't narrow it down by much :laugh

Oh, you used talent, experience, knowledge and hard work; guess I'll not do it.;) Does your cousin wear a beard? That'll narrow the field a bit.

dumfounded
02-12-2009, 02:44 AM
I appreciate that BMW leaves it to us to do the customization. I think the lines of the bike are great as they are, but just like any good BMW owner I couldn't help but to put a bit of pin striping on the "farkle list"

I do see some interesting decal kits come up from time to time on eBay. I don't see any posted as of now, but here's some on another auction site:
http://us.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=13881374&mo=auction&from=froogle
http://us.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=13881380&mo=auction&from=froogle

indycar
02-14-2009, 05:29 PM
I appreciate that BMW leaves it to us to do the customization. I think the lines of the bike are great as they are, but just like any good BMW owner I couldn't help but to put a bit of pin striping on the "farkle list"

I do see some interesting decal kits come up from time to time on eBay. I don't see any posted as of now, but here's some on another auction site:
http://us.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=13881374&mo=auction&from=froogle
http://us.nine.ebid.net/perl/auction.cgi?auction=13881380&mo=auction&from=froogle


I like the stripe you added. Just that little subtle addition breaks it up nicely.

RINTY
02-14-2009, 06:27 PM
...breaks it up nicely...indycar

+ 1

dumfounded
02-15-2009, 04:23 AM
I like the stripe you added. Just that little subtle addition breaks it up nicely.

Thanks indycar. It's a little safer too!

Motorwerk
02-15-2009, 05:37 PM
Patrick,

That does look nice.

Any idea where I could find something like that in white? I think it would match the R1200RT logo.

Thanks.

dumfounded
02-15-2009, 07:55 PM
Patrick,

That does look nice.

Any idea where I could find something like that in white? I think it would match the R1200RT logo.

Thanks.

Thanks. I got my lettering from http://doityourselflettering.com. The settings I used for these were 1/2" height, Bank Gothic font, shadow to lower right, slanted right special effect at 10%, and premium reflective vinyl. They cost a little under $7 each and got to me in a few days. They've got a wide variety of colors and styles available.
I got the pinstripe from http://www.streetglo.net/ after reading about some other people here using them. This stripe is reflective black at 1/2" wide. I ordered the white in the same lettering and pinstripe for comparison and the white is a lot more reflective!

RJM2096
02-15-2009, 10:14 PM
I know this is heresy, but I love chrome and colorfully painting small parts.

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh310/RJM2096/OLY20080518004.jpg

If you are interested I have more pictures at:

http://www.cyclecranks.com/BMW_R1100RT.html

RJM2096
02-15-2009, 10:30 PM
I'm contemplating a two-tone Titan Silver/Titan Grey on my '04. It's Titan Grey right now, which is OK, but I'd like to get a little more spiffy with it.

I used to have a 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix. Light Silver on top/Gunmetal Silver on the sides/bottom. It had a pair of red pin stripes separating the two. It was the coolest car I have ever owned. Given it was a old GM the light silver paint started fading.

indycar
02-15-2009, 11:11 PM
Thanks. I got my lettering from http://doityourselflettering.com. The settings I used for these were 1/2" height, Bank Gothic font, shadow to lower right, slanted right special effect at 10%, and premium reflective vinyl. They cost a little under $7 each and got to me in a few days. They've got a wide variety of colors and styles available.
I got the pinstripe from http://www.streetglo.net/ after reading about some other people here using them. This stripe is reflective black at 1/2" wide. I ordered the white in the same lettering and pinstripe for comparison and the white is a lot more reflective!

Patrick -

Reflective stripe = BONUS! As Cousin Eddie would say, "That's realllly nice, Clark!" :laugh

So just to be sure I got the equation correct - the relective stripes (front and rear) came from streetglo and the lettering (is non-reflective?) came from DIYlettering? Or is the lettering reflective as well?

Thanks,

dave

dumfounded
02-15-2009, 11:12 PM
I know this is heresy, but I love chrome and colorfully painting small parts.

That is a beautiful bike! I'm not a big chrome fan, but I think you've struck a good balance there. I like the addition of the roundel to the rear wheel.

dumfounded
02-15-2009, 11:37 PM
So just to be sure I got the equation correct - the relective stripes (front and rear) came from streetglo and the lettering (is non-reflective?) came from DIYlettering? Or is the lettering reflective as well?


Yep- stripes are from streetglo- they've got a pretty wide selection available and the stripes went on very easily without stretching or tearing too easily as I've seen with some cheap pin striping I tried in the past. I guess being reflective, it needs to be thicker...

DIYLettering offers the ability to custom make any lettering at what seems to be an affordable price. There's a ton of choices there, including three different material selections- one being reflective. Interesting to note though that the black in the lettering did not come out reflective on either set, but I think it still worked out very well. I ordered both black lettering on a white shadow and white lettering on a black shadow and ended up using the first. Here's a closer shot:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_qv1_9vX9358/SZijMBRdQ8I/AAAAAAAAAlM/MSZTp84jaak/s400/DSC01049.JPG (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rHMYUlaK6OvIF2iyaeBm2g?authkey=yk6MIYmff4w&feat=embedwebsite)

Motorwerk
02-16-2009, 01:03 AM
Nice, Patrick. Me likey. http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/ricky.gif

Thanks for all the info, much appreciated.