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Never wanted an all black bike but deal was to good to pass up. No regrets about buying it at all, but want to add a little custom look. Will get bike painted in future just not sure what yet. So thinking this may be a good alternative for a season or so.
 

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If you want guys from there early 20's to mid 50's pointing and laughing everytime you ride by those are a great option... Lol. No seriously though if you have an all black bike and want to jazz it up why not add some chrome pieces... Pinstripes & decals are a thing of the past. If your into the Kustom Kulture look find a guy that stripes with paint and a brush. This is just my opinion, if decals and stick on pinstriped bikes make you happy then give er ****!
 

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They $ure are proud of tho$e.
 

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If applied correctly they look just like paint until you get close enough to touch it.

I've had the tribal design on now for around 4 years. It just needed something to give it contrast. Some people like the subdued low key look and others like a bit-o-bling. I've dyed the stripe on the seat black since this pic was taken and in fact run a Ness seat most the time. It just didn't look right IMHO.

 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.



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.

Nobody understands what women like when it comes to anything...
 

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I did a lot of research on some of the decal manufacturers because I wanted a cheap way to see what a variety of graphics would look like prior to having it painted with whatever I decided upon. I found that properly laid down pre-cut graphics are a very professional way to dress up a bike, car or truck. You can go from something as simple as fine-line pin striping to a full blown wrap. These things are quite rugged and only come off when you want them to. I've seen some that have been applied by an experienced tech and if anyone says they can tell the difference between paint and graphics from 5 feet away they've only seen $hitty jobs. Check your area for some local shops that specialize in that work and take a look at what they can do. And one of the previous commenters was correct. Many of the stripes and graphics on new vehicles are some sort of decal applied prior to the clear coat. Do an internet search for motorcycle graphics or car graphics and you'll get a ton of examples. There are also lots of instruction videos and it looks to me like anyone can do small jobs with the right amount of care.

As it turned out I found exactly what I was looking for but nothing close to what what's available as a pre-cut. Getting customer graphics made at a local shop was half the cost of getting it painted so I bit the bullet and went the paint route.

And that's entirely a different story.
 
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