Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Innisfail, Alberta
Motorcycle: Vintage and New
Re: Twin Engine GSXR Land Speed Racer
Carter, cool bike...thanks for posting.
Custom paint is always a matter of personal preference but believe me, this paint job has been the cause of many sleepless nights. I gave my painter the freedom to do as he wished, because that seemed like a good fun idea at the time and I do respect his talents. We had discussed several options, including a modified first gen blue / white theme. I really thought I might have been invited to comment on whatever he had cooked up, but no, it was a complete surprise. Although, I paid him for the body "work" itself, the paint job was a freebie. I was fairly devastated when I first saw it, but managed to smile and be polite. Later at home, I kept thinking that the air brushed panels looked too small and resembled roof shingles. I wrestled with asking him to re-paint the whole thing in a solid color, I'd have paid for it etc., but how can you just shit on an artist's craft? I've known the guy for 15 years, we are in the same vintage bike club, he sponsored the custom lowered gas tank on my race Busa etc. It all becomes very complicated when there are relationships involved.
However, the next time I visited the shop with a friend, I was reminded that I had made it sound alot worse than it actually was...I was still getting over the shock. And again, each time I saw it, I knew it would look better once mounted and the whole package would come together with the race and entry #'s, sponsor decals etc. I think it needs a couple of RCAF roundels to complete the vintage war plane vibe. I tend to just see the whole bike now, some of the details don't bother me as much anymore. It will look just fine covered in salt and speeding along. It has been a hit with anyone who has seen it in person. I'm glad I kept my mouth shut!