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Slight styling change

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I recently got a 2010 Versys. I quite like the bike's looks, but I understand why many don't. One thing I didn't like was the metal coloured plastics around the engine. They look cheap IMO. So I'm thinking of respraying them. Not sure if this has been done before, but I thought I'd do a mock up to see what it looks like before I start spraying. What do you think? Better? Worser?

First pic is stock - no alterations.
Second has plastic bits changed to black.

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Try it with some plastidip, if you don't like it, peel it!

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Black is way better looking. +1.

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I'd like to have a bad day, just to see what it feels like.
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Yeah, black for sure.
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Hey Tommy, I actually prepped and primed mine today, I plan to use a satin metallic black with clear. Agreed, the silver looks a bit dated, I have same issue.
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Black looks better. Or go naked.
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Looks great! I much prefer black engines, etc.
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Try it with some plastidip, if you don't like it, peel it!
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Black looks better. Or go naked.
Great idea. I think I'll try it naked first, then plastidip. Thanks for the tips.
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Hey Tommy, I actually prepped and primed mine today, I plan to use a satin metallic black with clear. Agreed, the silver looks a bit dated, I have same issue.
I'd like to see a pic when you're finished.
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While the black accents may look better in the Sun, a little lighter contrast helps you see better at night and in the dark (or working on it in a garage with dim lights.) With all black, your details are going to disappear in the dark, and you'll have to carry a Maglite (security flashlight) in your front pants pocket like me: but I'm always prepared :-)

On my gold and black bike (and some silver like yours,) I'm adding red accents in AL and reflective contrasts to be better seen by cars. With all black, you will be invisible in the shadows. Just remember, Johnny Cash is dead, RIP.
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Go black way cooler. You should consider the headlight surround too. not sure how well the paint will hold up on the heavy wear parts near your feet and knees, but worth a shot for sure.

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Much improved. GO FOR IT! BTW...Nice Photoshop skills!

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I like the black better! My '13 white V came with those in black. I changed the spring and it happens to be black. I like the look.
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petition the Mods, we need a "Good Jokes" section in kawasakiversys.com...this stuff is nothing but hilarious.

"lighter contrast helps you see better at night"

"you'll have to carry a Maglite (security flashlight) in your front pants pocket like me"

"With all black, you will be invisible in the shadows. Just remember, Johnny Cash is dead, RIP"
Jack Daniels, you have been living with your 3 wrecked Vs. 650's in your living room for too long now. Get some fresh air.
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Go black way cooler. You should consider the headlight surround too. not sure how well the paint will hold up on the heavy wear parts near your feet and knees, but worth a shot for sure.
If there was an easy, cheap, and reversible way to mod the headlight I'd be interested. I switch bikes a lot and mods like that can affect the resale value.

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I like the black better! My '13 white V came with those in black. I changed the spring and it happens to be black. I like the look.
Plastic pretending to be metal is not very cool. Black it is.

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While the black accents may look better in the Sun, a little lighter contrast helps you see better at night and in the dark (or working on it in a garage with dim lights.) With all black, your details are going to disappear in the dark, and you'll have to carry a Maglite (security flashlight) in your front pants pocket like me: but I'm always prepared :-)

On my gold and black bike (and some silver like yours,) I'm adding red accents in AL and reflective contrasts to be better seen by cars. With all black, you will be invisible in the shadows. Just remember, Johnny Cash is dead, RIP.
Visibility is always a concern when you're out and about. I always wear a hi viz jacket. Maybe some reflective tape for the wheel rims might offset the black plastics.

My man cave is a dark hole, so I usually wheel my bike onto the driveway when I want to work on it.

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Don't forget the headlight surround IF you do it. I did the same thing to my 2011. Black looks way better. I've even thought about pulling the swingarm off and shooting that!


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