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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".


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

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Got paint?

The above picture is of carbon fiber. It is not custom painted.

This is a post about hydro graphic printing, A.K.A. hydro graphics. Sometimes mistaken as custom painting. The graphics are so lifelike that you can't believe your eyes at what a custom painter has pulled off. Don't be fooled. This is not custom paint, but rather a custom printing process. It uses an automotive basecoat to acheive the undertone colors, and typically an automotive clearcoat as the finish product, and then wetsanded and buffed just like a custom paint job.

The process starts with prepping the part just like for regular, or custom paint. Any image you can think of that can be photographed can be put onto a special film that dissolves in a special tank of water designed for dipping the part into. The film dissolves and the image floats on the water. Thus allowing the image to be transferred.

Don't get me wrong. There are great things about this process. You can have almost anything put on almost any kind of part you want. But please don't think some great airbrush artist did it, and don't try to sell it as custom paint either. And god forbid, don't pay the custom paint price. Unlike custom paint which is truly one of a kind, anything here can be mass produced.

You've probably seen lots of it without knowing it, such as camoflauge on fourwheelers, etc.

I guess my point is buyer beware.

I know a bike shop that is pushing it to customers as custom paint, without disclosing what it really is.

To me it is no better that a factory decal that has been clearcoated over.


FLHX_Dave said...

This is cool. I could do my own custom art and have someone do this? I am a ok artist, but I would never even consider airbrushing my bike myself, but this might be a great thing because I could get exactly what I envisioned. awesome. I can see how someone would try to take advantage of this and rob your kids of that college fund.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

I does have it's advantages.
I think it would be cool to do a portrait or something.

Trust me- no college fund raising going on with my custom painting. Just a side cash hobby. Back in the day it was once my fulltime career, but It just became another job. Now I love it again as a hobby. However, I'm lucky if it supports my riding habbit at best. HD's ain't cheap ya know!