Damn man. This is lookin good!! You're right about the lines too. If you didn't point them out, I'd never notice them.
Interesting to see you've polished your wheels. I'm kind of an "old school" guy and still like some bling so I like that look. My last bike was a ZZR1200 and I did the same thing to those wheels. Since that bike was silver with some metallic charcoal body pieces, I sprayed the spoke area with a charcoal metallic paint which matched the body pieces perfectly. I now have a 2021 1000sx and it is pretty much all black. I am getting used to the all black look and I know that's a more current look but I have been debating on pulling the wheels and going through the process once again. After seeing yours I'm thinking it would be a good winter project. I also like the look of the "M4" slippons. I haven't been able to find them for the 2021 yet. Leo Vince has a "black" version that I like but they seem to be out of stock these days. Anyway, good luck with you wrapping project.I figured since I was going to attempt to wrap the Ninja 1000 plastics, I would share my suffering with all of you! I have wrapped a few things before - chrome delete window trim on my BMW, and covering the fake woodgrain dash and trim inserts with a fake carbon fiber in the same BMW... lol. But most of those parts were flat and straight and on the beginner level as far as skill needed to pull off. I've spent many hours on YouTube now learning some of the tricks of the trade... but actually applying what I've seen to real world parts will be the real learning experience. For some background, my bike is a 2012 that was Matte Metallic Silver/Black. After a lowside riding the Tail of the Dragon in 2014 (I think), I replaced the MM Silver with Black mid-fairings from the 2013 model to make an all black bike as shown here. This is how she looked prior to my highside incident on the racetrack last month. Only the upper right section of the fairings survived unscathed... everything else, including the tank and windscreen, were smashed, cracked, broken, or heavily scratched. So this is where the journey begins...
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While the “lifespan” of vinyl has to do with fading under UV exposure, all vinyls are much softer than paint and easily scratched. You can often heal fine scratched to a degree with heat, even just left in the sun, but I can’t imagine a glossy vinyl remaining in good condition for more than a year or two of careful use. I wouldn’t want to wrap an entire auto exterior - or motorcycle - expecting it to look new for very long.Is that wrap you got UV stabilised? Did they give you a time frame for it lasting - When I looked into it last the quality of the wrap was matched with a "Lifespan" of the wrap like 2yrs or 5 yrs or 10 years.
I guess we'll see. I can see problems with daily driver vehicles, but I don't ride my bike everyday. I also had people tell me my Plasti-dipped swingarm was going to be crap in a short period of time. It's been 8 years and it looks like the day I sprayed it on - well, it did until my M4 slip-on was smashed against it! Good thing Plasti-dip is easy to repair. The vinyl is a lot of work, but its been fun so far. I've made mistakes and learned some tricks. I also have enough crash parts to make a second set of "winter" fairings - which I am going to wrap also because they are all different factory colors.While the “lifespan” of vinyl has to do with fading under UV exposure, all vinyls are much softer than paint and easily scratched. You can often heal fine scratched to a degree with heat, even just left in the sun, but I can’t imagine a glossy vinyl remaining in good condition for more than a year or two of careful use. I wouldn’t want to wrap an entire auto exterior - or motorcycle - expecting it to look new for very long.