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Mr. Motorcycle

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I live at 1 Frozen place in, Minnesota, United States
My real name is Mark. For many years now my wife has called me Mr. Motorcycle. When I started my Blog I was looking for a catchy blog name, so I went with it. I'm happily married and I'm also a father of 6 children. I have two human offspring, one dog, two cats and one custom Harley. I believe that makes 6 children. When I'm not doing my real full time job, or going for a ride, I like to do art, custom paint jobs, and of course BLOG. If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is phonetically spelled for avoiding spammers. (I actually do use the number 1 in the beginning.) 1mrmotorcycleATgmailDOTcom

*****This is my Bliss*****

*****This is my Bliss*****
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The photo above is my ride :
"Kenny" started life as a stock '97, 883 Sportster. It's been a work in progress since the day I bought it many years ago. Its mostly custom with a built, "slightly juiced up" 1200 motor.
The Metal Fabrication, bodywork and custom paint was done by me.

How the Hell did I come up with a name like Kenny for my bike you ask?...... Most people who name their rides, go with chick names. I of course had to be different. I think bikes look tough, cool and masculine; not feminine. Plus, my father "Ken" has helped make me who I am today. Therefore with a little twist on the name, my bike was named "Kenny".

KUSTUM PAINT

KUSTUM PAINT
Come check out my custom paint! Click on the logo above to go to my custom paint blog.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tech. Tip #4. It's all in the details

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Tech Tip #4. It's all in the details is kind of a continuation of tech tip #1. Hiding or making the gas tank mount brackets blend in, is an important detail to me. This is part of making a bike look clean.
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Another way to look at the little details, or better yet, not notice them is by blacking out, and silvering out nuts, bolts, & wires. You can do this with a simple can of spray paint in black, and one in silver, and a cheap brush.
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Flat paints work best. Simply spray a puddle into a plastic cap, aluminum can bottom, or onto a piece of cardboard.
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Apply to the nut or bolt head, wire, or what ever it is that you are trying to make blend in.
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Keep in mind I recently had work done to my bike, so some of the nuts, bolts, etc. that I had blacked out, got damaged, during repairs, so I needed to re-do them. I have a couple of before and after shots below that show you examples. And some additional shots of afters. Some are wires, some are hose clamps, etc. But you get the point.
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Before: Notice the gas tank mount bolt head, and the side to side gas tank hose clamps.

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This makes a very subtle difference, but it's sometimes what you don't see, or don't notice that makes a difference. The object is to get things that should not stand out to blend into the back ground.
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This is a simple detailing trick that anyone can use, and anyone can do it themselves.
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Mr. Motorcycle

2 comments:

"Joker" said...

Thanks for the tip. That is definitely something I'm going to try out. If I get good results, maybe I do a post on it with some pics - giving you full credit of course.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Joker,
I think you'll like the results.

I did not mention in the post, but you should clean the bolt head, or whater it is you are painting with a solvent, like alcohol, or paint thinner, wax and grease remover, etc. before painting. This will allow for better adhesion, since you won't likely want to spend the time scuffing the part.

Remember to use flat, or matte spray paint because it will show brush strokes with gloss, and will look like crap.

Also, you will need to make several puddles of paint during this process because the spray paint dries really quickly. Use a cheap brush, and you can clean it with laquer thinner, or just it throw away.

Good luck!