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Old 07-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Best color for a motorcycle, safety wise and looks decent

Yellow? I'm going to paint the fairings on my motorcycle and I think I'm set on this color. Looks decent, and easily visible. After I sand it down, do I need to put any primer? Also what paint do you guys recommend?

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:47 AM   #2
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:21 PM   #3
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I'm not personally a fan of yellow. Red/white/black would probably be my colors of choice, but whatever floats your boat.

Pretty sure for fairings you're going to need to do the whole kablooie for a quality finish (sand, prime, paint, clear coat), but maybe someone here has actually done it before. Are you just doing the fairings or the gas tank as well?
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yeah that's hot.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:20 PM   #6
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I rather despise that green color...reminds me of those horrible neon colored swim trunks from the 80s. I know, the Kawasaki loyalists freaking love that color...but I hate it.

Kawasaki does have a nice metallic orange I've seen on some of their bikes that I really like though. A friend of mine has a ZX10R in that color and it looks sick.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:13 PM   #10
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:55 PM   #11
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Think there was a study done a while back about safety and colors for motorcycles. Conclusion was that there is no safe colour. Looking at a bike from the front, you'll see a big fat black tire, headlights, and maybe one or two square feet of fairings. The side is a different story, but that'll only be an issue if someone sideswipes you by not checking their blindspot.

Looks-wise either black or red (I'm thinking of a CBR though).
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:26 PM   #12
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School-bus yellow. It's that color for a reason. Not that it'll matter much for a motorcycle, though. School buses are gigantic slabs of yellow. If you can't see a motorcycle, then you just plain can't see it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #13
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School-bus yellow. It's that color for a reason. Not that it'll matter much for a motorcycle, though. School buses are gigantic slabs of yellow. If you can't see a motorcycle, then you just plain can't see it.
But the color might catch your eye whereas black.. dumb dumb choice for a small vehicle.
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I personally like kawasaki's plasma blue. I had an 05 636 and loved the color.

A lot of it depends on the bike IMO..
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Every cager that takes out a bike says the same thing..."I didn't see it". You will never be "visible" on a bike. Get the color you like best.

Ride paranoid and consider getting a headlight and brakelight modulators. https://www.kisantech.com/

The added bonus for the headlight modulator is that many people think you are a cop and pull over and out of your way.

PS. The Speed Triple in Blazing Orange (pictured above) is abso-freaking gorgeous in person. But not as awesome as Matte Black...
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I think yellow looks awesome on bikes, while also being a really visible color.
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i know someone with almost the exact ducati 748

but as for night visibility i dont think color makes any difference because when you see a bike at night, can you even identify the color unless its directly under a street light?
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Honestly, I don't think it makes a damned bit of difference. Being aware and riding defensively are your best bet for staying alive. Never ride after drinking and getting some training also will go a long way toward ensuring your survival...far more than the color of your bike anyway.
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I'm a bit bored with blue right now so am thinking of yellow and black on my next bike, but (dark) red and black looks great on most bikes.
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