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    Not earthshaking importance...

    but just watched this vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGK76...s_digest-vrecs

    and liked the red finish on the RT. Why can't you get bright colors on BMWs, rather than the somber colors now offered?

    I'd rather be more visible, not less. Gray, black, etc. just don't trip my trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    ... Why can't you get bright colors on BMWs, rather than the somber colors now offered?

    I'd rather be more visible, not less. Gray, black, etc. just don't trip my trigger.
    I feel the same way about cars. No matter which make/model I am looking to buy, it only comes in dull, go-to-sleep colors. Don't know about you, but I take it personally.
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    Tend to agree. Some of those colors from the 70s would look pretty garish today but I'd sure like to see something on the road besides gray, white though white is very visible), and the periodic muted reds/dark blues. Black is stupid in the south- will roast your butt- but is still purchased by some for reasons that don't register with me.

    I very much agree that the muted colors of BMWs are a potential contributor to not being seen- which is why I compensate with added lights front and rear, reflective materials, and bright clothing and helmet.

    Mercedes has white in their lineup because years ago they concluded its the most visible in the widest range of conditions- they used to (and perhaps still?) sometimes call it safety white.

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    Bikes need to be a fun colour!

    Quote Originally Posted by redsky49 View Post
    but just watched this vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGK76...s_digest-vrecs

    and liked the red finish on the RT. Why can't you get bright colors on BMWs, rather than the somber colors now offered?

    I'd rather be more visible, not less. Gray, black, etc. just don't trip my trigger.
    I am with you man... Still may paint mine red. Now which red should I pick?
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    I like RED.

    Marakesh Red.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=marr...w=1600&bih=732

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    My version of red, I like sparkles!

    I'm convinced the color department of bmw motorrad is a room with 50 shelves of various shades of gray and a small area in a dust filled corner with one small shelf holding the rest of the colors they use.








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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    I am with you man... Still may paint mine red. Now which red should I pick?
    Would love to paint mine bright yellow, sorta like the late 90s R1100S. Loved that model.

    However, I have been warned by more than one dealer that painting a bike always causes concern about what the paint job might be hiding, such as previous body damage. Their advice: do not paint an otherwise good bike unless you want to be grilled, and perhaps not believed, about the bike's condition. Usually, they say, you lower a bike's value when you paint a good bike a non-original color.
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    R1200RT was available in red in '05 and '06. At least 2 in our club.
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    My bike is white (K100RS) though it is usually decorated with a tasteful spattering of bugs and varying colors of road sludge thoughtfully slung up by vehicles ahead of me in the rain. I only wash it when I think the decorations are over done - so I can start the re-decoration process again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    I like RED.

    Marakesh Red.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=marr...w=1600&bih=732

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    While my 99 R11RS in Marrakesh Red is pretty spiffy, I routinely received compliments from non-riders for my 84 R80ST in the Metallic Red, paint code 541/031.

    Just saying........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    I like RED.

    Marakesh Red.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=marr...w=1600&bih=732

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    Hi Voni


    I'm GREEN,

    Boston Green,
    with envy.

    small green rt.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    I like RED.

    Marakesh Red.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=marr...w=1600&bih=732

    Voni
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    Best looking in Marrakesh Red IMHO is the R1100S.

    I did enjoy one time at a stoplight next to same-painted Z3 with blond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Best looking in Marrakesh Red IMHO is the R1100S.

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    That would have quite some competition in the 89/90 "Ketchup and Mustard" K1, which I believe, was Marrakesh Red also.


    Back then, BMW was chastized by the rest of the motorcycle world for having and outrageous paint scheme. That's probably why they retreated to more conservative shades.
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    No red RT for 7 model years? Bland is right! There better be some good colors available on the 2014RT radiator bike or I will refuse to be a guinea pig.

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