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This is because you have a BMW: you can paint like a pro, drive like Schumacher, theorize like Einstein, perform brain surgery, and build nuclear reactors in your backyard in your spare time out of a couple nickels and some baling wire--all because you happen to own a BMW.

He, in the other hand, has a lowly honduh, and can barely walk upright without assistance, and has yet to master speech.

Those things are not because of my BMW But the BMW does go along with them....
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The pics are not very clear but it looked okay for a DIY project, what you've done I mean. Guess you're going for perfection
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I tend to be really detail oriented, and the last thing i want to do while riding is look down at my tank and see a spec of dust staring back at me.

I figure if I can spend 50 bucks on 4 spark plugs, what the hell is another $200 dollars to make my bike look purdy.
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personal satisfaction of having done it yourself maybe?

Like Jmels t-bucket... flat black paint, not perfect but bad ass. I wouldn't mind that sort of a DIY look on a bike either. It's a 10 year old bike, the first to have injection - perfect for a murdered out rattle can job imo 200 isnt much though.
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personal satisfaction of having done it yourself maybe?

Like Jmels t-bucket... flat black paint, not perfect but bad ass. I wouldn't mind that sort of a DIY look on a bike either. It's a 10 year old bike, the first to have injection - perfect for a murdered out rattle can job imo 200 isnt much though.

Well that was the original plan, I did like the idea of doing it properly myself, I just dont have money to throw away 'learning' something i will probably only do a couple of times in my life, not to mention that fact this is a condo, so i cant keep hiding that im doing something like this which is highly illegal to do in CA, let alone a condo complex, the paint reeks to high heaven and stays that way for days, and I cant work with the garage wide open. I don't have a fancy gun, nor does it make sense to get one just to do this, I don't have the proper air supply, no hard lines, no line cooler to keep moisture down (even though I had 2 water separators, and 1 filter on the lines), eventually everything starts to add up and if you realize it's all against you, sometimes it's more intelligent to know when to fold. You live and learn. I did do 99% of the bodywork, and that I'm sure went a long way into having the job at such a low cost. Some local shops wanted $500, i provide the paint and I do all of the body work. Fucking outrageous but I guess when you deal with insurance companies as a main customer it makes sense. This guy I was referred to from one of the local paint and body shops, has been painting for 40 years and has done some great work, and I could see a lot of it in person (his motorcycle, gorgeous coca-cola themed fender guitar, gun stocks). I chatted with him for a while, talked about everything from field dressing a deer, to the tesla roadster.
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Well that was the original plan, I did like the idea of doing it properly myself, I just dont have money to throw away 'learning' something i will probably only do a couple of times in my life, not to mention that fact this is a condo, so i cant keep hiding that im doing something like this which is highly illegal to do in CA, let alone a condo complex, the paint reeks to high heaven and stays that way for days, and I cant work with the garage wide open. I don't have a fancy gun, nor does it make sense to get one just to do this, I don't have the proper air supply, no hard lines, no line cooler to keep moisture down (even though I had 2 water separators, and 1 filter on the lines), eventually everything starts to add up and if you realize it's all against you, sometimes it's more intelligent to know when to fold. You live and learn. I did do 99% of the bodywork, and that I'm sure went a long way into having the job at such a low cost. Some local shops wanted $500, i provide the paint and I do all of the body work. Fucking outrageous but I guess when you deal with insurance companies as a main customer it makes sense. This guy I was referred to from one of the local paint and body shops, has been painting for 40 years and has done some great work, and I could see a lot of it in person (his motorcycle, gorgeous coca-cola themed fender guitar, gun stocks). I chatted with him for a while, talked about everything from field dressing a deer, to the tesla roadster.

Well, you've already done excellent work; finishing it off wouldn't have been bad at all, most likely very good to excellent. You have nothing to be ashamed about, you were doing fine.

Since you've already made the investment, just fucking finish it; if it doesn't work out, strip it down and let the pro do it. If it turns out well, you have something amazing to be proud of; if not, you have the guy do it, you learn your lesson, and you still have an amazing bike with a cool headlight setup that actually works properly (hella more kudos there than with the rest, given the scads of s here that prefer to me roadgoing menaces).

Have confidence in yourself!!
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Thanks!

The fairings are already at the paint guy should be done by Monday hopefully. I do have confidence in myself, and although I'm sure I could have eventually figured out and gotten an acceptable result, I just don't have a good air supply, good air gun, etc, and just doesnt make sense for me to invest in those right now. This will be both cheaper for me, and probably garner a much better result, the math just adds up better in my favor this way. This guy already has the proper tools to do it, not to mention 40 years of experience to iron out the kinks. Sometimes a person just needs some help, at this stage of the project, I am that person.

I'm very excited to get everything back and putting the bike back together! I can go back to doing what I'm good at, focusing on the mechanical and electronic side of things. Hopefully next update won't be a setback, but a step forward =)
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Well that was the original plan, I did like the idea of doing it properly myself, I just dont have money to throw away 'learning' something i will probably only do a couple of times in my life, not to mention that fact this is a condo, so i cant keep hiding that im doing something like this which is highly illegal to do in CA, let alone a condo complex, the paint reeks to high heaven and stays that way for days, and I cant work with the garage wide open. I don't have a fancy gun, nor does it make sense to get one just to do this, I don't have the proper air supply, no hard lines, no line cooler to keep moisture down (even though I had 2 water separators, and 1 filter on the lines), eventually everything starts to add up and if you realize it's all against you, sometimes it's more intelligent to know when to fold. You live and learn. I did do 99% of the bodywork, and that I'm sure went a long way into having the job at such a low cost. Some local shops wanted $500, i provide the paint and I do all of the body work. Fucking outrageous but I guess when you deal with insurance companies as a main customer it makes sense. This guy I was referred to from one of the local paint and body shops, has been painting for 40 years and has done some great work, and I could see a lot of it in person (his motorcycle, gorgeous coca-cola themed fender guitar, gun stocks). I chatted with him for a while, talked about everything from field dressing a deer, to the tesla roadster.

That's the price you pay for being a perfectionist as you put it. I'd be 100% okay with flat black rattle can results, and that's what I was aiming to do with mine. I do agree for 200 you "may as well" and your bike is looking sharp but if I may let me gripe for a minute....

For me trucks and motorcycles fall into the "who cares what it looks like" category. Short of fancy $30k Harleys, bikes aren't very good looking anyway - form follows function and there isn't too much you can do. All crotch rockets look damn near identical. In fact the appeal of a flat black bike to me was that it would stand out among the ubiquitous red/green/blue factory painted sport bikes.

Trucks and SUVs and minivans are the same way - dodge, ford toyota or chevy it's the same damn thing. There are no beautiful haulers. Some do look more aggressive than others but I would not bother with an expensive paint job for one. never understood the folks who do a three tone pearlescent metallic on their.... s10


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That's the price you pay for being a perfectionist as you put it. I'd be 100% okay with flat black rattle can results, and that's what I was aiming to do with mine. I do agree for 200 you "may as well" and your bike is looking sharp but if I may let me gripe for a minute....

For me trucks and motorcycles fall into the "who cares what it looks like" category. Short of fancy $30k Harleys, bikes aren't very good looking anyway - form follows function and there isn't too much you can do. All crotch rockets look damn near identical. In fact the appeal of a flat black bike to me was that it would stand out among the ubiquitous red/green/blue factory painted sport bikes.

Trucks and SUVs and minivans are the same way - dodge, ford toyota or chevy it's the same damn thing. There are no beautiful haulers. Some do look more aggressive than others but I would not bother with an expensive paint job for one. never understood the folks who do a three tone pearlescent metallic on their.... s10


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This one is hotter, tho:





I have played hell finding better pics of "Elvira", the black Lightning... The paint on that is just jaw-droppingly amazing.


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I already have a "truck", its a 92 4x4 4runner and she's my dont give a shit what it looks like mobile, I love it but I'm gonna have to get rid of it soon since it gets a measly 15mpg highway.

I just want something nice, and I agree about all sport bikes looking mostly the same, which is why I tried something a little out of the ordinary, I've seen flat black bikes, it's been done, but I don't think I've ever really seen a flat red bike done nicely.

I also met Elvira in person on a movie she was in that I was a production assistant on. She was ultra nice, and asked if I was able to get a break and eat lunch. I didn't want to tell her the things I did to her pictures when I was young.
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Tex the red one looks like a nice F150 with a tonneau cover and rims.

The one with blue flames looks like it should have GONZALES across the windshield.
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personal satisfaction of having done it yourself maybe?

Like Jmels t-bucket... flat black paint, not perfect but bad ass. I wouldn't mind that sort of a DIY look on a bike either. It's a 10 year old bike, the first to have injection - perfect for a murdered out rattle can job imo 200 isnt much though.
not the first bike to have EFI by a long shot
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not the first bike to have EFI by a long shot

The i in f4i stands for "injection" - it was the first cbr600 to be so equipped


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