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    Senior Member Geeto67's Avatar
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    Paint scheme - I was not being sarcastic at all. I was at spannerland last weekend and saw a heavy flake green rickman kawasaki with white scallops and also a ton of buco helmets in the heavy flake with paneled designs and stripes - and thought way cool!!!! I remember when guys used to have that 70's custom stuff around in the 80s as used bikes and then I used to think how ugly, it should be black or gray, now that most motorcycles seem to be black or gray I think about how cool some of that stuff really was ans wish people still did that.

    the best I can offer is look at some of the helmets on this site for inspiration:

    http://www.justifieddefiance.com/cat...6650c5ff981393
    http://www.justifieddefiance.com/cat...6650c5ff981393


    look through this blog post here - lots of chopper stuff but you will get the idea about the textures and paint.

    http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.co...1_archive.html

    Heavy Flake and candies are your friend. As are brown leather diamond tuck seats and hand laid pinstriping.

    I am kinda digging the paint on this 60's drag bike - heavy flake with candy blue on top and while pinstriping outlines:


    and the x-75 hurricane:


    kinda grungy but you get the idea:


    I am NYC based (brooklyn/queens). If you saw my work anywhere chances are I was riding it. however you can check out the gallery page on nycvinmoto.com (kerry's garage) and I have a few bikes there.
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    This rear wheel would get you into a 17 instead of a 16.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-...QQcmdZViewItem

    and this tank looks considerably better than the L tank you have.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUK...QQcmdZViewItem

    You can find lots of cool pieces on e-bay from different models that can help you get the bike you want.

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    be warned, the 850 frame is different from any other GS so tanks may not readily interchange.

    I like the teardrop tank, has a nice drag race vibe to it.
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    That 60's blue drag bike tank is jackpot! I wanted longitudinal lines without them being checkers down the length of the tank. That pattern works quite well. I also like stripes--kind of like the ones shown in this thread:http://choppercharles.com/cs/forums/24478/ShowPost.aspx
    These are a crew of CX guys. The Maroon bike looks amazing.
    Now its between the blue pins and the blue with those stripes.
    1977 Suzuki Gs550 + parts bike, 1981 Suzuki Gs 850, 1983 BMW R80,1984 BMW K75, BMW K1100, 1973 Honda CB360t, 1969 honda 305 Dream,1966 honda 305 Dream, 1963 Honda 305 dream, 2003 Suzuki SV650s (5k miles), 2003 SV650s (7k miles), 2003 Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1981 Honda CBX six, Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1972 Yamaha DS7, 2003 Anniversary HD Sportster 1200C.

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