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    I have 3 cars. I looked underneath them all. The pipes are all brown. I looked at my RT. They're brown, as well. I'm not bothered a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter trash View Post
    First things first. If you like, gold, brown, blue pipes this is not for you.
    Move along there is nothing here for you to see.

    However, if you do not like gold, brown, blue pipes there is an alternative
    to buying chrome pipes that will turn blue at the cylinders.
    I have just had my pipes ceramic coated by Nitroplating, Nashville, TN. They
    look great and will not turn gold, brown or blue.

    I do not work for nor am I in association with anyone at Nitroplate I just hate
    gold, brown, blue pipes. It cost $135.00 plus shipping each way.

    Remember, ÔÇ£Beauty is in the eye of the BeholderÔÇØ. I happen to think that gold, brown, blue pipes are not very pretty.
    Those pipes look great. What was the turn around on getting the job done?
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    good call....

    I'll do the NICE pipes.... I can not own a bike with the brownish "hue" .... the blue'e purple'ish on stainless I can live with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Here's an idea for exchange ...

    I have a friend who once explored becoming service manager (service, not parts) for the local Harley dealer. He was told he'd be working partially on commission based on the amount of "chrome" he sold to service customers to be installed in conjunction with service work.

    This is NOT the BMW culture.
    Many HD shops have "Chrome Consultants" to push that stuff.
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    Another way to go: Remus header with a few thousand km of burn time:


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    I like that Remus header, but I more like that wounded valve cover. My RT has a nasty scraped section from a low side. Is that where you got yours? Marks like that have stories, and that's why I wouldn't change my valve cover. Brown/blue pipes and road rash, THAT's what a bike should look like.
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    Nice look scooter trash...My long gone 05RT had the coating as well...worked for ME


    Some of our bikes have a nice blue/gold look...the others had poop brown that just didn't look good.

    Plain and simple it's a individual preference to have a better look...if you don't care you don't care. There is no BMW "culture" to uphold. If that was the case, we would ALL still be riding a pre 70's Airhead only.

    With that said the worse offender we had was the R12S with it's oversized pipes that were a major focal point. I had more comments on how ugly the dark brown look was...and this was from non V-twin riders. On this bike I went with a silver to match the rest of color on engine.

    We do have an 11S that had the polished coating when we bought it and it still looks nice after several years.

    Both Helen's Roadsters have the black coating and one set is 5 years old and still looks great.

    I will leave the Vintage and Airheads in the garage as is...but on some bikes w/out fairings, the pipes just look better ...and that's OUR preference.
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    I had seen your post with the black pipes and was torn between the black and aluminum but went with the aluminum coating.
    Here they are fresh from the nitroplate.
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    Those pipes all look GREAT! I'm just too lazy to polish. How much are we talking to have this done? That black is jumping out to me.
    Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
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    The R1200rt pipes in Bright polished $135.00, plus shipping to and from Nashville, TN.
    http://nitroplate.com/ Call Cody Jones @ Nitroplate, WK (615)826-4914 EXT#23 Cell (615)525-8484
    I did several times before I commited to having my pipes coated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    I like that Remus header, but I more like that wounded valve cover. My RT has a nasty scraped section from a low side. Is that where you got yours? Marks like that have stories, and that's why I wouldn't change my valve cover.
    Rob:

    Nothing as glamorous as a low side. It's the result of a failed attempt to make an uphill U turn on the Galena Bay Ferry ramp. Initially, I had planned to have it repaired, and then decided to leave it alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    It is a waste of time to try to keep them pretty. You'll spend more time polishing than riding. It is a characteristic of the bike and just goes with the territory. If it truly bothers you, then invest in a professional coating; in the long run it will cost less than the endless supply of polishes you'll need to buy (not to mention the cost of treatment for the sore elbows).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoboRider View Post
    Those pipes all look GREAT! I'm just too lazy to polish. How much are we talking to have this done? That black is jumping out to me.
    We use Jet-Hot...used to have a shop in Pascagoula, MS but a hurricane took it out I believe...now send to OKC if my memory is right this morning. Price was competitive with Nitroplates. I called for an estimate and e-mailed a pic while I had them sitting on floor with a yardstick alongside. Some bikes the header pipes do not separate and require a LARGE box to ship to them.

    http://www.jet-hot.com/coatings/

    I tried a local place, but their oven wasn't large enough and I had a touched up spot on a very visible section where the header leaned on their oven wall. I got a reduction in price and went back to the big boys on the next set
    here's the 05 RT a few years back
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    Looks good.

    I hereby nominate myself acting president of the "Down with Brown ClubÔÇØ.
    Henzilla and Big Easy are members anyone else care to join??
    All you need to do is post a picture of your anti-brown pipes.
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    was thinking of ordering chome, but didn't

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