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Question: Which engine paint scheme do you prefer? (see message for pics and details)
Option 1 = Silver/black paint + polish - 15 (44.1%)
Option 2 = Black paint + polish - 19 (55.9%)
Neither (post your ideas) - 0 (0%)
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« on: March 30, 2012, 10:49:50 PM »

Hi all,

I've been working on a cafe project for the past 4 months ('81 Suzuki GS550) and I'm currently painting the engine (for more info on my build you can check out my cafe build thread in the Region 4 sub-forum). Anyway, I found pics of the exact two engine paint/polish schemes I'm considering. My frame/seat/tank don't resemble those in the pics, so just look at the engine and side cases. The bike will have a black tank and seat cowling with gold striping. The forks and carbs are polished aluminum and the wheels are polished with a black in-lay. The exhaust will be chrome (similar to the pipes shown in both of these pics).

Please vote for your engine paint option! Comments appreciated too.

Option 1: SILVER/BLACK paint + polish (my black paint is not this shiny, but otherwise it would be identical to this engine)
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh178/D-Mac2008/roll29.jpg


Option 2: BLACK paint + polish (this engine is basically identical to mine although the bike frame/tank/seat are totally different).
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh178/D-Mac2008/12_2007.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 11:45:37 PM »

Option 1

It's more balanced.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 12:02:49 AM »

I agree with the Canajian.  Silver for the head, black for the cylinders and case.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 04:41:13 PM »

  I don't care much for the silver/black combo look.

Option #2!
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 05:24:06 PM »

Sorry, that Japanese bike will not make a Cafe Racer. Tis not British or Yurpeen and tis too young.


Get a Triumph engine and a featherbed frame.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 09:52:54 PM »


Sorry, that Japanese bike will not make a Cafe Racer. Tis not British or Yurpeen and tis too young.


Get a Triumph engine and a featherbed frame.



If you're buying, count me in!

My goal isn't to build a cafe racer, but work on a fun project bike VERY loosely inspired by one (learning as I go along and improving my skills at welding, fabrication, and design). The bike was cheap ($100), so that's what I decided to start with. I don't want to brutalize an old Norton by learning on one as I chop it to bits.
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 09:54:33 PM »

Damn. The results are far too close.  Lol  In my "poll" of family and friends, it's 5-1 for Option 1.

Keep those votes coming..... I don't start painting again until Friday.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 11:15:00 PM »

Another vote for "option one". Thumbsup
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2012, 11:23:53 PM »

Option 2. Especially with the black and gold paint.
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 03:53:38 AM »





If you're buying, count me in!

My goal isn't to build a cafe racer, but work on a fun project bike VERY loosely inspired by one (learning as I go along and improving my skills at welding, fabrication, and design). The bike was cheap ($100), so that's what I decided to start with. I don't want to brutalize an old Norton by learning on one as I chop it to bits.


Fair point. I forget Brit spares aren't as plentiful in the States as over here.

Chrome tank and panels. Black stripe down the middle of the tank.
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 05:25:42 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012, 08:18:22 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 09:44:59 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2012, 11:51:59 AM »




Fair point. I forget Brit spares aren't as plentiful in the States as over here.

Chrome tank and panels. Black stripe down the middle of the tank.


Yup. I'm planning a Norton or Triumph restoration for my next project. I must be a sucker for punishment because I love old Brit bikes.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2012, 12:32:11 PM »

My preference/vote is flat or satin black (it looks very nice with chrome bits and/or stainless bolts).

A guy I knew yrs ago did his head in gun-blue - he found/used a DIY kit.  It looked ok (very dark blue).
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2012, 12:46:53 PM »



A guy I knew yrs ago did his head in gun-blue - he found/used a DIY kit.  It looked ok (very dark blue).


That would look great with a white or silver tank and fenders.
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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2012, 07:52:05 PM »

For what it's worth, I showed the photos to a few guys in my motorcycle service tech program today. One voted "black" and the other two, who've built (real) cafe bikes, both preferred "silver/black."

Their rationale for silver/black? It looks more "custom" and forms a nice loop from the polished carbs through the chrome pipes.
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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2012, 08:16:10 PM »

I don't know what looks more "custom" but I think that the polished bits disappear in to the silver. The black sets them off and makes them more special.
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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2012, 11:17:26 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2012, 11:14:23 PM »

Why limit yourself to Black or silver?  

I would like to suggest Day-glow Green (think Hi-Viz) or Safety Orange. Maybe a combo of Lime Green and Safety Orange.
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