False Neutral #26: Bold New Graphics! Part 2

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In the conclusion of our discussion about color schemes, graphics, and racing team liveries, we look at Italian bikes and cruisers, before things go further afield (as usual). The merits of gold paint, Buells and mauve racebikes are pondered. Eric goes down a disturbing Japanese Internet rabbit hole, and Garrett follows him.

As always check out pictures of the bikes we discuss on the other side of the jump — 31 this week!
WARNING: several TDR250 images cannot be unseen.


False Neutral – Bold New Graphics! Part 2

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Except where noted in the captions, images are standard press kit/website photos used courtesy of the respective manufacturers.

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Aprilia Alitalia Factory Team RSV4
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Ducati Pantah 500
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1972 Ducati 750SS
Image source: it.wikipedia.org
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Ducati “Silver Shotgun” 450 Desmo
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Castrol Honda RC45
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Yamaha FZ600
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Yamaha XS1100 Midnight Special
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Yamaha RX50 Midnight Special
Image from Craigslist (ad since removed)
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1978 Bultaco Streaker
Image Source: michaelsmotorcycles.com
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Kawasaki 750 Spectre
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Kawasaki 1100 Spectre
Image Source: picautos.com
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Harley-Davidson XR1000 “Lucifer’s Hammer” (photographer unknown)
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Buell RW750
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Buell 1125RX
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1991 Buell RS1200 Westwind
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Buell XB12R Firebolt
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BMW K1
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1992 Kawasaki Jet Ski 750SX
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Kawasaki KLX650
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1980 Kawasaki KDX450
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Kawasaki KLR650 Tengai
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1982 Honda 650 Nighthawk
Image Source: bikepics.com
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Honda CB1100R Bol D’Or
Image Source: hondaboldor.nl
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Ducati Monster w/ Pantah body kit
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1988 Yamaha TDR250
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Custom TDR250
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TDR250 #2
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TDR250 #3
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TDR250 #4
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1971 BSA Rocket III w/ Dove Gray frame
Image Source: mecum.com
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Gilera factory team, Early ’90s

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11 responses to “False Neutral #26: Bold New Graphics! Part 2”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    Did we discuss the very rare, 1/2 year only (reliable sources say) 1982 Nighthawk with factory blue frame? http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0650/nighthaw.htm

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      …yes, I mentioned it, but only the gaudy mylar tape accents; I totally forgot about the blue paint on the frame. Excellent addition.

  2. The Real Number_Six Avatar
    The Real Number_Six

    Yellow was a weird phenomenon that all the manufacturers, including Ducati, went through in the late 90’s / early ‘oughts. I really enjoyed having these atrocities and still miss them: https://www.monsterfairings.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/honda-cbr-600-fy-03.jpg http://images.canadianlisted.com/nlarge/1999-suzuki-tl1000r-2900-victoria_8210341.jpg

      1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
        The Real Number_Six

        But those look really nice!

  3. Mombert Avatar
    Mombert

    Didn’t Rickman nickel-plate their frame kits, which comes close to chrome?

    1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
      The Real Number_Six

      Yep. Most BSA too.

  4. Fuhrman16 Avatar
    Fuhrman16

    …is it wrong that I actually like the looks of that Magenta TDR250?

    1. Mombert Avatar
      Mombert

      Not at all.

  5. jeepjeff Avatar
    jeepjeff

    Some of the early TW200s have red frames with white plastic, red seats and other red accents. They look pretty sweet, IMO. Admittedly, they are also an ’80s dirt bike that got equipped for street riding, so they get the 80s dirt bike styling pass.

    1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
      The Real Number_Six

      Red frames still appear now and then. I kind of like them, even though it’s a stylistic bludgeon when paired with black: http://www.swyve.org/stuff/2014xc.jpg http://www.mvagusta.com/media/filer_public/6c/05/6c059cdf-0c47-4219-a283-a5129f264d97/_g208892.jpg

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