View Poll Results: Which color?

Voters
26. You may not vote on this poll
  • All black

    4 15.38%
  • Black and Arctic white

    1 3.85%
  • Black and Dover white

    2 7.69%
  • other

    19 73.08%
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 27

Thread: Paint options

  1. #1
    James.A
    Guest

    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?
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Registered User PAS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    N.E. Ohio
    Posts
    398
    It's all about what makes you happy, isnt it?

  3. #3
    Old man in the mountains osbornk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Marion VA-In the middle of some of the best riding in the country.
    Posts
    3,257
    Since my first interest in motorcycles in the 60s, I thought BMWs and Harleys should be black. I still think so.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

  4. #4
    James.A
    Guest
    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.

  5. #5
    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    4,732
    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.
    Kent Christensen
    21482
    '12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S

  6. #6
    Sir Darby Darryl Cainey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Fenwick, Ontario Canada
    Posts
    2,142
    Paint colour is a personal thing!

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

    Peronally I like red!
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Ambassador BMW MOA Ontario Canada
    President Niagara BMW Riders #298
    Knights of the Roundel #333
    1977 R100RS, (Retired) 1993 R100GS (just getting started)

  7. #7
    Bluenoser
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lethbridge Alberta
    Posts
    451
    I voted for all white.
    1971 R50/5 SWB with R75/6 drivetrain
    2013 DL650

  8. #8
    Minnesota Nice! braddog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Twin Cities - MN
    Posts
    1,915
    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?
    -----------------------------------------
    Brad D. - Member #105766
    '77 R100RS - Black Beauty (big pipe, baby!)
    '94 R1100RS - Sylvia

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    145

    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.
    Welcome to the latest age of the airheads. How have you found it compared to the /5s?
    Theo Marks
    '74 R75/6
    '88 R100RS

  10. #10
    James.A
    Guest
    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
    '74 R75/6
    '88 R100RS
    Well Theo, the "88" RS is a whole different animal. More capable in every respect, but does that make it better?

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    145

    88 vs 74

    James
    I also added an 88 RS to the garage after bonding for years with the /6. I agree with you about the competence of the RS. The extra horses I could do without, but I don't complain. The stiffer frame is a big plus. But the brakes are what truely make me appreciate the RS. I like the smooth shifting trany as well. And the fairing and the heated grips are nice in the cold and wet. Not so happy with all of the plastic bits (and pollution control stuff-gone now), but I guess they save weight. Overall, it is much more modern feeling than the simpler and more agricultural /6. But I still prefer the /6 for most of my solo riding. For two-up, definately the RS.
    As for color, I am lucky (and significantly poorer, I supose) to have nice original pearl white paint. If I didn't and it needed paint I would probably do a two-tone blue.
    Regards
    Theo Marks

  12. #12
    Registered User melville's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Behind the Redwood Curtain
    Posts
    112
    Another fan of Red here:


  13. #13
    Registered User argent brick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Wine Country, Northern California
    Posts
    461
    +1 for white.
    Lynn
    MOA #57883
    Current Ride: 1995 K75 Standard
    Past: 1978 Yamaha XS 750, 1976 BMW R60/6

  14. #14
    Motorcyclist patiodadio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    KY
    Posts
    731
    My 1988 R100RT is Bermuda Blue (I think) , I really love the color .

    IMG_0958.jpg
    ________________________________________
    The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  15. #15
    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    4,732
    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.
    Kent Christensen
    21482
    '12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •