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Now that I have returned from my 48 state tour and the bike is running great I would like to turn my attention to my bike's appearance. I have done a few things like removing the rear logos off the side cases and The Ugly decals on the side Tupperware.
Apparently BMW thought the same thing regarding the rear badges because the 05 and up bikes do not have that rear badge on the side cases. Instead BMW put it on the lid of the top case. I personally prefer only the BMW badge that is there on the back now.
The other appearance modification I did was to remove the fishing rod rear antenna and install a much shorter antenna on the front cowl similar to the RT.

My general idea is to repaint the bike a different color other than the very ordinary champagne color and to give it a bit more modern look.
I have thought about different colors. BMW seems to have rather mundane colors for the LT. I would like to color that spices up the bike a little bit but is not outrageous. One of my favorite colors is red but I think a Ferrari red just would not look right on the bike. When I was on my 48 state tour I saw a Lexus in Chicago that was a beautiful radiant red. I believe that color or one like it would look very striking on an LT and yet not look over the top.

This is the color:


I haven't nailed down the color but it is hard to get away from that color. The problem with it is that it is a very complex color to paint. It's supposed to be a multi-stage base and all sorts of complicated things. Anyway I'm still open to color but I think it's a very beautiful color. Honda Goldwing has a Caliente red and some other reds that are quite nice looking.

Anyway if you guys have thoughts on a spicier color or color scheme let me know.

One other issue regarding color is the lower Tupperware piece on my bike is painted silver. One option would be to paint that body color whatever the new color would be or the other option would be a different color or even just leaving at Silver. I kind of like the idea of leaving at Silver to give it a little bit of a stock look still. I don't really want a completely customized paint job that doesn't look like it would have ever come from the factory. I'd like to still have it look like a factory look but just something better.

Wheel color is another thought but my initial thought is to leave it the factory silver period other options are black or some other color. I'm pretty strongly inclined to leave it Silver.

Regarding customization, I would like to remove the chrome trim on the side cases because it makes the bikes look a bit dated. For example looking at the K 1600 GTL, the side cases do not have chrome trim on them. They do have black on the lower part which I don't agree with. I think the LT would look much sleeker with body color on the entire side cases including the handle and latch and removing the chrome trim and filling in any holes or whatever is needed period I don't believe I have ever seen an LT without that chrome trim. If that's the case then I think mine will be the first because my strong inclination is to remove it.

I think the mirrors would look better without the Chrome outside piece. I think it would look better body color so my inclination is to paint that body color.

I would like to figure out a nice badge for the side Tupperware. I discuss this a little bit in my first thread. I think something along the lines of an k1600gt badge..... that would be a chrome background with black letters. I wouldn't mind keeping a bit of chrome like the covers on the windshield bolts and some of the lower Chrome. I just don't want too much of it. I think a chrome badge with black letters would look pretty nice.

I think a BMW badge on the nose cone just under the windscreen would look pretty nice. I saw a picture of an LT with that and it looked good... subtle but nice.

What do you guys think? I'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas and any pictures or Photoshop pictures that you can do.
 

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One thing I forgot to mention was the front fender. I know that the 05 and up bikes have a fuller front fender which I really like. Will that fit on our bike? I know some people have put the RT front fender . Anyone have any pictures of that?
 

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The 2017 1600 can come in red (I think only in the UK).

I like the red on your mock up but I think the rear bag needs something on it for some character. Maybe go back to the silver bumper or put a black bumper on it to match the black knee well. I am glad you are so confidant in not dropping the k12 that you are taking off the resting bumper on the rear bags. I am not so confident. Especially since, I almost dropped my bike in the garage yesterday when leaning it to get into the trunk of my car. Oh man, that would have been a big mess and a lot of tears.
 

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Thanks. Notice that the 1600 has no bumper for the side bags. An alternative would be for me to paint the chrome in the red body color so that it blends in. Also I believe I will leave the handle and top area of box in factory silver so that it breaks up the red a little bit.
 

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Thanks. Notice that the 1600 has no bumper for the side bags. An alternative would be for me to paint the chrome in the red body color so that it blends in. Also I believe I will leave the handle and top area of box in factory silver so that it breaks up the red a little bit.
It is your bike so you should do what pleases your taste.

Having said that, and since you asked for opinions, I agree with guitarjim that the monochrome look doesn't agree with the LT. I think it makes it look tall and chunky rather than long, low and sleek. And the GT has no trim, but the GTL does and that is a closer match to the LT in both purpose and character.
 

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You know. A few guys on the wing forum painted their rides with plastidip. Either to see how it looked before they commit. And some just leave it that way.I dunno how that works??
 

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Kept the silver on the side case top:


I like the smooth look on the cases rather than breaking it up too much with different colors.
 

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Soooo.....anyone know if the 05+ front fender fits a 99 -04 bike??
The really short answer is ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, yes.
The longer answer,,,, it will require a screw on each skirt to attach to the fork tube.
I used the standard Tupperware medium length screws. Worked just fine
 

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When I saw you first posting on the K bike site asking lots about a K12, I wondered. But I totally have to apologize to you and say that you are enjoying motorcycling so much more than many folks on the sites. Go guy. :thumb: I'm with you on red. There are some versions of Porsche red that are not crisp like your choice but nice. Much thought is given to car colors and your instinct to choose one rather than just fan out some paint chips is smart.
 

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Kept the silver on the side case top:


I like the smooth look on the cases rather than breaking it up too much with different colors.
I like this better than all red on the bags. You really ought to price that car red just to know how much to start saving >:)
 

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When I saw you first posting on the K bike site asking lots about a K12, I wondered. But I totally have to apologize to you and say that you are enjoying motorcycling so much more than many folks on the sites. Go guy. :thumb: I'm with you on red. There are some versions of Porsche red that are not crisp like your choice but nice. Much thought is given to car colors and your instinct to choose one rather than just fan out some paint chips is smart.
Thank you Beech. I appreciate it!!:smile:

The Lexus Radiant Red or the Mazda Soul Red Crystal are gorgeous colors.....and for good reason. They are mutli-stage paints and seemingly complex colors to paint. But I think they accentuate curvy surfaces, such as that on the LT, and would be a great color. I am going to give the project some thought because its rather involved and time-consuming. I am looking for a cheap front fender from an 05-09 LT - the ebay ones are a bit pricey right now. Has anyone painted the calipers? I am open to ideas and would love to see any photoshops.

So, to summarize my idea so far:

1. Rear antenna removed, smaller front antenna put in its place (already done)
2. Remove rear side case chrome strips and reflector
3. Replace front fender with updated fender
4. Remove rear "K1200" and "LT" logos (already done)
5. Remove front side "K1200LT" fugly decals (already done) and design and apply cleaner-looking "K1200LT" decals
6. Paint all factory painted surfaces with Radiant Red or similar color.
7. Possibly apply a "BMW" badge or BMW logo to side case - like the RT and others



With badge on rear of side case:
 

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I got my 05-09 LY fender from ebay. I found silver paint in the store that fairly closely matched the white aluminum paint of the lower part of the LT and painted the lower part of the front fender. After letting it cure for a few days, I took my original fender down to the paint store and had a can of paint made up that matched the original fender color. I masked off the silver area and painted the top part the matching Champagne color. After a couple coats of 1k clear coat, this is the result.

I also worked on the saddlebags. I removed the chrome strip using a heat gun to release the adhesive strips underneath. Then I removed the remains of the adhesive strips. Under the chrome strip is a paint matched ridge with an indented area about 7 inches long to accommodate the factory reflector. I was thinking of ideas to use that indented area....I could fill it in completely with ABS plastic...I could fill in part of it with plastic and the rest with a red reflector.....I could fill it in completely with reflector....I could put a reflector in and maybe add a small BMW badge.

In the end, I decided on the second option...fill half the indented area with ABS plastic and blend it into the ridge and place a red reflector in the remaining area. The easy option would be third option, fill it with a reflector and call it a day. I thought the reflector would be too large and I wanted to keep it in conformance with my thoughts of making it a bit more modern looking. The K1600GTL has a small reflector on the saddlebags and that was the look I was aiming for. The attached picture is a rendition of what I want to bags to look like.

To fill in the 3.5 inch area, I used a thick piece of ABS plastic ABS cemented to the bag (bag is made of ABS) and used ABS cement to fill in the rest. Now I need to sand it and shape the area to match the bag, and then prime and paint. Also, the ridge has a small raised marking. I sanded it down flush and then sanded the ridge to rough it up for primer and paint.

Ill keep you all posted.
 

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UPDATE**** I have delayed the project due to very hot weather making it difficult to work outside, and due to a trip out of town. I just need to skim coat the filled in area of the ridge on the bags and sand it smooth. My guide coat shows some roughness still. Once its perfectly smooth, its just prime, paint and clear.

I considered a clear reflector but they are hard to find. Im likely going with standard red reflector. Another thought was to make an LED side light for extra visibility but I think Im going to keep it simple.

Anyhow, hoping to make progress in the next few days.
 
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