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    James.A
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    Paint options

    I am doing some work on a 1988 R100RS. I got a good deal on it last February, and it had been dropped and the fairing cracked and scraped. The bike is originally pearl white and it came with a very nice replacement fairing that was black. After putting it together initially and fixing some other issues, I am now considering paint. The question to me is do I paint it all black or affect a two tone paint scheme?
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    It's all about what makes you happy, isnt it?

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    Since my first interest in motorcycles in the 60s, I thought BMWs and Harleys should be black. I still think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAS View Post
    It's all about what makes you happy, isnt it?
    Yes, but I thought we could have some fun with this anyway. Today I am putting on new fork seals and preparing to start pulling the skins to go to the painter.

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    I'd paint it to match the tank and everything else. Almost every repaint to a non-stock color simply looks cheap, especially black. Always good to have collision coverage on bikes with fairings.
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    Paint colour is a personal thing!

    You know what they say: "Loud Paint Saves Lives!"

    Peronally I like red!
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    I voted for all white.
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    Since the bike is an '88 and white, I'd do the fairing in white as well.

    However, if the white paint job is not so good, then go all black with white pinstripes.

    My first choice is all white, though. My mechanic friend had an '88 or '89 that was all white that I thought looked fantastic.

    Whichever way you go on this, be sure to share pics of the final product. You doing the paint yourself or farming it out?
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    2 tone

    James,
    Once the original paint is gone, it's gone. No point repainting in the original white. So I would use that as an excese to do whatever pleases you. Two tone sounds good to me, but not pearl white and black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markst1 View Post
    James,
    Once the original paint is gone, it's gone. No point repainting in the original white. So I would use that as an excese to do whatever pleases you. Two tone sounds good to me, but not pearl white and black.
    Welcome to the latest age of the airheads. How have you found it compared to the /5s?
    Theo Marks
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    Well Theo, the "88" RS is a whole different animal. More capable in every respect, but does that make it better?

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    My 1988 R100RT is Bermuda Blue (I think) , I really love the color .

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    Bermuda Blue was my favorite ever Airhead color and I had an earlier ('84) RT painted in that color by Holt BMW ... which cost more than the value of the bike. I had to have silver side cover decals custom made, as BMW never did them in silver.
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    just had my 91 R100 mono re-painted...went from the stock black (actually more like a graphite) to white...used BMW "pepper white" ... similar to "Dover white"... real classy...picts coming soon....
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    Quote Originally Posted by patiodadio View Post
    My 1988 R100RT is Bermuda Blue (I think) , I really love the color .
    I have an 88 R100RT in Bermuda Blue as well. Dark metallic blue is one favorite colors. And, it seems that every 88 RT I come across is Bermuda Blue. Did they make any RT's in other colors for that year?
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