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Author Topic: I need inspiration/ideas  (Read 4261 times)

Offline scott s

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I need inspiration/ideas
« on: Nov 23, 2014, 16:33:11 »
 Any of you fellas good with Photoshop?
 Usually, by this point in my builds I have a pretty good idea of what kind of paint job I want, what color, stripes, etc. This one is leaving me scratching my head. I'm still waiting for the light bulb to go off (on?).

 There's just the tank, seat, headlight and possibly that front fender. The headlight is a plastic dirt bike headlight and I'll probably end up painting it with vinyl/plastic paint since it has to flex a little to even be mounted. Probably just black.

 I know I want something....different. Something that says mean, sinister, speed, etc. Or hell, maybe I want multi-color flake? I just don't know.
 The H.A. wheels have been powder coated and have a satin or semi-gloss look to them. A satin black finish with some subtle stripes on  the bodywork seems easy, but it's a little too obvious.
 Care to offer some suggestions or ideas?








 And one showing the headlight assembled:


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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23, 2014, 17:13:04 »

Man... that's one sweet platform for a custom.  8)  I'm not much help for ideas. In my case, I just kinda start in and it happens as I go!  ;D

You can do anything you want and it'll be cool.  :D

(please don't tell my Kawi Friends I said that... o'k? I must keep up appearances  ;) )
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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #2 on: Nov 23, 2014, 17:25:13 »
Upon further review, with those period H.A wheels, I think I'd stick with what you have and go with a really "out there" 70's metalflake creation on the bodywork. THAT would be cool!  ;D
The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

STREET:
'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
PLAY:
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
TRACK:
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
ON THE WORK BENCH:
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
FOR SALE/GONE:
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

Offline pterodactyl

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #3 on: Nov 23, 2014, 18:23:25 »
Something that might get you going! Do you want cool colors like blue, green and etc, or warm colors like red, yellow or orange? I think of colors I like and then try to imagine what they would look like on the project. Chevy had a burnt orange from late seventies or early eighties that I liked! It might look good on the right bike!
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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #4 on: Nov 23, 2014, 18:38:25 »
Paint is obviously an area that is the most subjective but when I look at this bike it says very dark red flake to me.

If you want to stay more classic then a chocolate brown and almond scheme is always nice too.
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Offline scott s

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #5 on: Nov 23, 2014, 20:24:08 »
Something that might get you going! Do you want cool colors like blue, green and etc, or warm colors like red, yellow or orange? I think of colors I like and then try to imagine what they would look like on the project. Chevy had a burnt orange from late seventies or early eighties that I liked! It might look good on the right bike!

 Of those two options, definitely leaning towards the "cool"' side; blues especially.

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #6 on: Nov 23, 2014, 20:24:49 »
Paint is obviously an area that is the most subjective but when I look at this bike it says very dark red flake to me.

If you want to stay more classic then a chocolate brown and almond scheme is always nice too.

 The dark red flake I'd have to see Photoshopped. The brown and almond.....can't quite imagine that.

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #7 on: Nov 23, 2014, 22:35:27 »
The dark red flake I'd have to see Photoshopped. The brown and almond.....can't quite imagine that.

Like this - but I'd do the lighter tone more cream colored



http://rocket-garage.blogspot.com/2011/11/nutella-racer.html

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The red flake I was thinking something like this but without the silly logo.


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Honda CBR RR900 '99 - sold to al qaeda
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Offline scott s

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #8 on: Nov 24, 2014, 06:49:26 »
 I can't see the pics.


 What about Matte Graphite, like on the 2013 Triumph Scrambler and Street Triple?

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Re: I need inspiration/ideas
« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2014, 14:05:35 »
Matte graphite is always a winner to me. Combine it with a tan and it's great