Isn't the factory flames decals?
That is a good question. I think they are a kind of decal but they are really thin if they are then clear coated over them. It would be cost prohibitive to do it any other way at the factory.
They don't look bad... Just not for me. In my eyes Bbob's bike would look better just straight blue. Pop the Vic logo off the tank and add every chrome piece known to man!
And that, brother, is why so many different options are available and why there's such a huge aftermarket; especially for Harley but growing steadily for Victory and Indian. Everyone likes to personalize their bikes their way.
Mine is a 2011 and came with the oval design badge on the tank. I'm not going to say I hated it but I did take it off fairly soon after getting the bike. The next year in 2012 they came out with the newly designed set of badges I did like so I paid the $50 or so bucks for them.
My bikes are always in transition (no; not like a transgender). They change over time. Sometimes in a big way and other times little subtle changes one might not notice on a day to day basis but looked at over a year or so, yes, quite noticeable then. However; the XC has remained the same for some time now. When I finish painting and doing some other changes to the KP; I'll look at giving the old XC some sprucing up. Change is good.
This kind anyway...
I've noticed older guys like shiny paint over the satin style so popular now with younger guys. I wouldn't presume to know or understand what women like when it comes to bikes or just about anything else for that matter.
Travis, FWIW, I never got as many compliments on the bike when it was straight blue as I do now since I put the contrasting tribal stripes on it. People eh.