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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/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_28&osCsid=6e6810ecef4403ffd16650c5ff981393
http://www.justifieddefiance.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_26&osCsid=6e6810ecef4403ffd16650c5ff981393


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

http://nostalgiaonwheels.blogspot.com/2008_06_01_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-SUZUKI-GS850-GS-850-FRONT-REAR-WHEELS-TIRES_W0QQitemZ180322401851QQihZ008QQcategoryZ35601QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUKI-GS-ES-1100-GAS-TANK-81-82-83-DRAGBIKE_W0QQitemZ350154015647QQihZ022QQcategoryZ35597QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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

Ken
 

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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.
 
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