As far as colors. I liked the idea of using the red stock paint since the look is vintage. I also have a thing for red & white bikes.
But I also kind of don't want a black frame. In fact, I want to use as little black as possible on the bike. Just for accent.
I really like red frames. Here is my old street bike, a Monster S4. I wanted a 900 but came across a deal that was too good to pass. It is my 2nd monster after a 750 that I bought at a salvage auction and fixed up (painted it red).
The plan when I got it was to paint the frame red and the tank black. I just never got around to it with the kids and all. I love how the bike road, but never warmed up to the looks. It did get a lot of complements.
So I sold the bike (got good money for it) and bought this:
I upgraded to Ohlins front and back, radial brembos, a single sided swingarm and 20-ish more HP plus the colors that I love for about $4k over the old monster. I also got a six year newer bike with 11,000 less miles and the previous owner spent a ton of cash extras that he included with the bike.
Plus my little girl can't have a better looking Monster then me.
All my riding gear is red, white and black. So that is the color scheme for the cafe racer. At first I was going to do the tank like the stock tank graphics, but with a white tank and red & black stripes. Then I saw a picture of a bike online and used is as inspiration for the tank and seat paint. White tank, black panels and some red pin stripes.
And a red frame to match the Monster.