Thanks you guys. I appreciate the feedback. I agree
, a repainted bike can imply that something had happened to it. For me, I have ample photos of the before, after, during and "after" of my bikes that it's no problem to substantiate the "journey" the appearance of my bike's made, if someone questioned why I made changes or alterations.
It's also so subjective, as far as what one rider-owner wants or likes for the "look" of their bike, I agree, it can or no doubt will have potential impact on re-sale, and especially in regard to a potential "trade". Having worked for a dealership, I know that "personalized" bikes are either avoided or sometimes the trade allowance or "offer" is lower as a result of personalization.
That being said...
I have had several bikes over the years, and the Versys is one of those bikes I can see being handy or useful to keep around. It's always going to have a "value" to me. You guys bring up great insight.... it occurs to me there might be a certain "line" a guy might cross at some point between "personalization" and keeping it to something that could be re-VERSED
) with relative ease, example, pulling custom decals with a heat gun and fitting the bike with stock stickers to better "neutralize" the art factor for the next guy.
Perhaps the middle ground is to perhaps go out on a limb and change or stray from stock colors, but keep with decals or other cosmetic mods that could be easily un-done in the event the bike has to "go".
The airplane nose-art theme seems to be TIMELESS.
It took me a minute to figure out why something about it was familiar or pleasing, it has the same red-black-white colors scheme as the graphic I dreamed up over a couple beers.
Yes, "teeth" as part of most any graphic scheme always a great bet!
Here is a silver one I messed around with
- did they make some silver or gray Versys in the European market, I know I have seen some in silver or gray here and there- but not in the USA. Actually, the basic bike pic I stole to paste all this on was silver-gray so someone has one...
I also thought there was a "call" for something else that spoke about the bike in the form of some lettering, that Kawasaki might have overlooked.
Something I was kicking around was the line about
"59.4 Hp injected parallel twin"
Something that could follow that upper body line of the side of the fairing and be scaled for that area:
Just desktop-ideas. Nothing in stone.