What color should I paint my XS400? (motorcycle)

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What color should I paint my bike?

  1. 2002 Ford Focus Mandarin Copper

    3 vote(s)
    60.0%
  2. 1975 Porsche 914 Copper Metalic

    2 vote(s)
    40.0%
  1. joecool85 macrumors 65816

    joecool85

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    #1
    I'm going to be painting my XS400 and I'm thinking either:

    2002 Ford Focus Mandarin Copper
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    or

    1975 Porsche 914 Copper Metallic
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    My fiance insists they are the same color, but I know they are not. Which one do you guys like?


    This is the bike:

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    It is missing side covers, but will have them when I paint it. Also the seat is getting recovered.
     
  2. kabunaru Guest

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    I would suggest neither. Go out of the ordinary. Do something like Turquoise or Burgundy colour.

    As for out of the two choices, the Ford.
     
  3. voxnj macrumors regular

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    #3
    Why would paint your motorcycle a girlee color? Before you decide to ruin a classic black ride, grab a six pack and watch some Arnold movies.
     
  4. kabunaru Guest

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    Copper is a girlie colour? :confused:
     
  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Go for a bare metal look on the motorcycle. Extend the handlebars upward and tack on a sissy bar.
     
  6. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

    Berlepsch

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    The real question is, do you want to do a complete overhaul of the bike, or just a quick paint job. In the latter case, it doesn't really matter what color you chose.

    If you plan a complete restoration, I'd personnally go for a classical look. For instance a two color (black & bronze with gold stripes) design for the tank similar to the SR 500, with a matching design for the side covers.
    Then you'll need some chrome on the exhaust and a front wheel that matches the back.

    Edit:
    Actually, get rid of the 2-in-1 exhaust and mount a 2-in-2.
     
  7. MacRy macrumors 601

    MacRy

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    #7
    Another vote for burgundy. My Kwak Zephyr is burgundy and looks really nice.

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  8. joecool85 thread starter macrumors 65816

    joecool85

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    #8
    Those are two of the most common colors for a bike of that age....far from out of the ordinary.

    Orange isn't girlie, I won't mount a sissy bar or ape hangers.

    The 2-1 exhaust came on the bike (it is aftermarket though) and I hate 2-2 designs.

    **edit**
    And I'm not doing a total overhaul, but I have fixed almost all of the wiring issues, will be replacing the sprockets/chain, new tires, paint, re-cover the seat, new head bearings, and a few other fixes.
     

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