Best color for a motorcycle, safety wise and looks decent

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  1. holden j caufield

    holden j caufield Diamond Member

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    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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    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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    Yellow or green :p

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  5. holden j caufield

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    yeah that's hot.
     
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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. :p

    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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    Black & grey, but with a hi-vis fluorescent yellow vest
     
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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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    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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    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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    Cobalt Blue because it's awesome.
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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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    Get whatever you like, then wear this:
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    mike and ikes??