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Discussion in 'R1200RS Appearance Mods' started by Chad Koehler, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. Chad Koehler

    Chad Koehler New Member

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    I am a new owner of the 2016 R1200RS and I got the one in Blue/Wht. It was the only color they had but I got a super deal on it (leftover from last year) so I didn't mind the color available to me. I have seen a couple threads on here with guys wishing they had the blue/wht and I am really liking the black/grey better so here is my question. How difficult would it be to change the plastics out and is there anyone out there that would be interested in a trade? Other than that, loving the bike in every regard (minus there is a lot of turbulence from the wind but that seems pretty common apparently)
     
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    'Lupin Blue' is faster that's why everyone wants one .. :);):p
     
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    Barbelson Active Member

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    Hi Chad,
    I originally bought a blue/white RS, but wasn't quite happy with the colour. I had it sprayed red. Not that difficult - the van took the bike away and returned it six weeks later having sprayed it red!
    You are right to get your bike the way you want it. The bike is already special, but when you get everything right it feels even better. Good luck.
     
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    mousejockey40 Active Member

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    Just an opinion, it looks more like a multistrada now its all red. ;)
    Very nice job though :)
     
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    Barbelson Active Member

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    Thanks Mousejockey. Yes, I agree that it doesn't quite look like a BMW. I based my colour choice of red on Ferrari, Ducatti, London buses, telephone boxes, and KitKat wrappers. I love red.
    I remember being taught the meanings of different colours. Red is defined as:
    "Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. ... It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red."
    As you may gather, I am a young, virile man, with lots of energy and a thirst for life. Red conveys that for me, and sets the goals. Trouble is this young, virile man is hidden in a tired old body of 71yrs old! All I am left with is the red BMW, and some fond memories!
     
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    mousejockey40 Active Member

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    Well 'Barbelson' as I always say what we ride isn't half as important as that we ride...
    Also some of the smoothest fastest riders I know are over the 65 mark so I look fwd to still being a biker when I get there. :D:D:D

    And as I sit here on my lunch break at work I am looking fwd to retirement.. at least from work anyhow ...hehehehe
     
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  7. Chad Koehler

    Chad Koehler New Member

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    If you don't mind me asking, what did you have to pay for that? If I go that route, I'm going all black (just like the 2018 offering).
     
  8. Barbelson

    Barbelson Active Member

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    Hi Chad,
    It will depend on how much you have done. My job included transport to and from the spray company (about 200 miles e.w). It also included the top box and side panniers. Total cost c. £1200. This included the design of the graphics for the fairing and the panniers.
    In addition I changed the screen to a dark screen, cost c.£100.
    The cost was a lot of money, and it will not suit everyone. If you are able to remove the panels yourself, and deliver them to the paint shop, no doubt you could get the price down considerably.
    For me, I'm not very mechanically minded, so it was worth every penny. I have a wide grin every time I ride the bike. It is not just a bike, it is MY bike!
    Black sounds good. You may want to explore the cost of buying panels already coloured black. This may work out cheaper than having existing panels sprayed. For me, the was no option since BMW does not supply red panels for the RS.
     
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    Sounds a bit too modern for me, Mousejockey. I'm still trying to figure out what happened to kickstarts! And plastic mudguards! What's that all about?
     
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    Although completely biased because I own one, in my opinion the granite grey and black is the best ever colour scheme on the RS. Not keen on any of the new colours on offer for 2018, all black or brown and black !!! sometimes change isn't better !!!
     
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    I expect your still wondering why your number plate isn't mounted like a fin on the front mudguard aren't you 'Barbelson' ?? hehe ;):p
     
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  13. Mr. 36654

    Mr. 36654 Well-Known Member

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    Granite grey and black reminds me of the dismal days of winter.
    Dull, depressing ......... soul sucking grey. Just cold and void of life.
    Dead dirt-covered March snow. Lifeless. Longing for a good dog watering.
     
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  14. Chad Koehler

    Chad Koehler New Member

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    Thanks for the input guys! I am waiting for a vinyl wrap shop to call me back. This sounds like a very nice way to go as I was worried that a color change would lessen the resale (not really an issue but you never know). I also like the scratch protection. Does the Vinyl wrap last? (again haven't gotten an answer back from the shop I called so don't know the answer yet). I also like the idea that another member threw out there about buying already black painted pieces but so far haven't found a complete set or for a reasonable price.
     
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  15. Chad Koehler

    Chad Koehler New Member

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    I am very new to this forum so it took me a bit to come across your media page. Your bike looks fantastic! I hate to say it but I am kinda thinking about copying it. I had been looking at a ducati and the red was the most attractive part. If I could get that red look... :D
     
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    The vinyl wrap is between 80 and 120 microns or o.o80mm and 0.12 mm thick.
    decent scratch resistance and a heat gun can repair slight scratches..
     
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    Thanks Chad. If you do decide to go for red, I hope you will enjoy it as much as me. The original colour was the only thing that I wasn't quite happy with, but now that it has been sprayed red, it is the perfect bike for me.
    The only downside is that obviously if you damage any of the panels, it means another specialist respray. Not like buying panels in standard colours from BMW.
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Here's the parts fiche so you can look up the price of the painted parts.
    http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=57054&rnd=07242017
    Looks like around $2,500 without doing the tank center.
    Some of the panels look like they would not be hard to wrap by a professional, but the nose fairing looks difficult.
    Here's one piece that looks like it may be hard to wrap.

    Rt side fairing (1).JPG

    Rt side fairing (2).JPG

    Joel Woolf on this forum painted his RS black and had the pannier lids wrapped black.
    Joel's bike.jpg
     
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  19. Chad Koehler

    Chad Koehler New Member

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    That bike looks very nice too! Its going to be a tough decision to go black or red. I like the exhaust so much better as well. Chrome just looks out of place on this bike.
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Another member painted his RS red and it looked good. Can't remember his name, I think he's from Germany.
     

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