Digital Desert camouflage the KLR650 step-by-step walk thru

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klm4755, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Coho911

    Coho911 Long timer

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    eep.
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  2. BHW

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    Very nice writeup and pics.....and I applaud the effort. But I would never do that to one of my bikes.
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  3. WVdyhrd

    WVdyhrd mudhole 400 guy

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    I think most of the replies here have been about safety. I know myself I love unique, and I have to disagree with her on that one. Some people have the $ to ignore reseale value.

    I don't think ignorance or jealousy is the issue, most of this has not been trashtalk, it's been serious comments on the safety of the bike.

    Also if you put something on a public forum (especially this site :lol3) you be prepared for various input or don't post. That's how it works here

    exactly so why push your luck????? I've had cars in traffic look right at me and come at me! Cagers are ignorant. It's not that he looks like a bush it's that his pattern is broken, (and at night omg) and to quick scans in mirrors this could be a major issue


    oh yeah cuz that's cool as long it's more dangerous just from one way :rofl you may not get in a headon just t-bone by a ford expedition, or crushed between a minivan and a median wall....ya sounds good

    Again why do people keep commenting on it "blending with the background??" That is not the point of camo. It is to break up an object/persons, etc pattern. The eye generally scans in horizontal lines, camo helps the enemy/deer whatever to have a harder time recognizing common shapes. Once the mind registers something familiar then it focuses to figure out what it is. No one thinks you'll be mistaken for a bush on the interstate. Or be invisible against a building. Show me cloth camo that can do that and i'll be ecstatic. It's a matter of how the eye functions.
    see above the eye recognizes shapes/patterns/etc first, your bike won't be invisisble, but most people won't be looking DIRECTLY at it, knowing it's there. Which thus makes your assessment of it's safety un-reliable

    sorry out riding for two days wanted to catch up :deal
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  4. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    So I guess what you are saying is the background is inconsequential. The colors of the bike could have been any combination, the digital pattern is the issue. So If I had selected these color scheme's for the bike the concern for visibility would not change. Even If I were riding in a desert or white background?
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    Urban camo
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    Navy Digital
    Keithm
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  5. JensEskildsen

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    A black bike in the shadows or on a cloudy day would be harder to see imo.

    When you see a bike coming towards you, how much bike do you really see? Its all about the driver.
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  6. Snowlover

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    Interesting and as always, very documented.

    I laugh at all of the <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]-->contrarians on here, especially when they read the whole thread and comment and don't even own a KLR.

    Not convinced that the design will turn it into a death trap either.

    Having a bike wrap for out KLR's would be fun. Tank, shrouds, fenders, side panels.....
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  7. WVdyhrd

    WVdyhrd mudhole 400 guy

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    no but what i'm saying is that it is more about shapes then colors, or background. Our eyes scan firrst look later. But I give up.

    Like i've said i applaud that you went through with something you wanted to do, i just think it's highly unsafe
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  8. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Here is a camo'd KLR250 in saudia Arabia from:1991
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    Keithm
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  9. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Where is the blacktop? How about other cars? Stop lights? Where are the tall buildings and what happened to the street noise? I don't see the sun glaring off anything, either.
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  10. JensEskildsen

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    Omg its GONE!

    He'll be run down in his driveway as soon as he starts it up :D
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  11. OsoADV

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    I have to say one thing guys, I've never seen such bashing of a fellow inmates hard work on here before. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough? Not impressed.

    I can recognize a lot of time, effort, and creativity went into this and I do applaud the effort. You did an awesome job on the write up as well.
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  12. klm4755

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:punctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:UseFELayout/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> Here are a few views at various distances:
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    close-up
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    rear rack, added rack flush attach fasteners
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    in parking lot
    Keithm
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  13. a1fa

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    Not as bad as I thought it would be.
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  14. eakins

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    man atleast pull the vinyl sheeting off your seat.
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  15. TheDudeAbides

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    What? You don't protect the DR with vinyl ???


    :rofl
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  16. Sabre

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    I worked with a guy who always dug my KLR. He would hang around the office parking lot and just look at the thing and ask questions and seemed to be absolutely smitten with the bike.

    Finally, after about three years of sporting KLR wood, the guy finally made the leap and bought himself a brand-new, shiny red KLR, his first motorcycle.

    Within a month it had EVERY item in the DualStar catalog bolted onto it. During the same time it had at least 20 stickers applied. This guy was retired Navy, and he plastered it with stickers found on military aircraft. I mean, he covered the damned thing. It ended up looking like a bad OCC project.

    Here's the deal: he was absolutely in love with this machine. It didn't matter that he never took it off pavement. It didn't matter that he only rode a thousand (or fewer) miles per year. And it certainly didn't matter that it was the single most silly-looking KLR I'd ever seen. He LOVED his bike!

    I would have never even thought of criticizing the thing. He was passionate about it, and the damned thing didn't have to come home with me every evening, so who am I to judge?

    I was fascinated to see the passion in this camo project, and especially pleased to see the OP's response (or lack of it) to all the goading.
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  17. OsoADV

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    Well put.
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  18. xKLR_John

    xKLR_John Been here awhile

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    The camo really works in the 50ft and 100ft distance shots.
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  19. Flatulator

    Flatulator Banned

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    I didn't read much of what was written ... but in reality

    if you want to camoflage something ... it's camoflaged for when its sitting still right ?
    ... if you're riding it ... everybody will know "what it is" (or close enough) in seconds .. camo or not

    So if its parked ... can't we just carry a roll up camo tarp thing and cover it when we want to hide it ? ... it'd cover those "stick out like a sore thumb" black tires too.



    ... but thats not the point ... right ?
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  20. Hoder

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    Another forest / riding / hiking / hunting / recreation area gone forever. :cry

    For your next project could you camo those big ugly eyesores in the background?



    Preferably with napalm :lol3