Yamaha FZR 600 Mods: Paint is "done", or maybe I can’t take it anymore…

Stock Paint...oh so white...

Yesterday, After waiting several days to allow the last round of clear coat to dry, I decided that I had hit the end of my rope with this paint job.  The latest clear coat was applied to fix the massive problems created by buffing the fairings too soon, without letting them dry long enough.  It has taken me well over a month to get to this point, and while I thought about waiting more time for drying, to nervously attempt to wet sand again, and possibly (gasp!) buff and polish it, I gave in to the overwhelming desire to see what this bike would look like black…

Not black as night, but much blacker than white!

I certainly learned some things during this painting process.  The difficulty in using “rattle-can” spray paint to achieve a “pro” looking paint job, proved beyond my skill set and level of patience.  Ultimately, I am happier now with the overall look of the bike, than the way it started out.  Let’s  chalk that up to a victory.  When I look at the photo at the top of the post, the bike really doesn’t look too bad.  It just doesn’t match my personality (not that I’m some gunslinger – but black is more my speed).

The whole process began with wanting to chop the rear fairings, to lighten, and open up the look of the bike’s tail end.  Ridding the bike of the large, block-style rear fairings, exposes the under carriage of the tail, and instantly gives the FZR a more youthful appearance.  To me, this thing now looks 10 years younger.  The fact that the mod cost me nothing but a plastic cutting tool for the Dremel, makes it that much more appealing.

A brake light mod is in my near future...

I am sure that I am not done with this bike, and that more mods will come.  After getting a look at the “finished” product, I see that I really need to get a newer brake light on there.  It will fit better with the new lines, and allow me to tailor the plastics in the back even more. I have some things to occupy my time though.  After installing the new suspension, front and rear, there is some tuning to do.  That challenge will bring a whole new set of learning experiences, and I look forward to having some type of damping on this bike.

But for now, I am mostly content, knowing that I am not a screaming flash of white, hurling down the road…

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