Sticker Etiquitte

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JM, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I'm in the process of retiring one bike and upgrading to a new one. A 1150GS-Adventure to a 120OGS-Adventure. I've been to quite a few places on the 1150 and have a lot of memories tied to the stickers on the panniers. What's the group consensus on transferring stickers from one set of panniers to another. Are the stickers tied to the bike being at those places or to the rider?

    Throughout the years I've purchased duplicate stickers from a lot of places so I have spares. There are ones that I won't be able to replace.
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  2. fubar201

    fubar201 Been here awhile

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    Personally I only put stickers on when I have been the place in/on that vehicle. I am currently saving them up until I get critical mass. Hopefully I'll have enough by the end of the summer so as not to embarrass myself.
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  3. Gruesome

    Gruesome Alter Heizer

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    I don't think there's a universally accepted meaning of a sticker on a vehicle. To me it just means that you probably liked the sticker enough to put it there. (But it could also have been placed surreptitiously by a third person.)

    It doesn't imply that you have been there, nor the bike, nor even somebody you know.

    Your vehicle - your sticker - your decision!
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  4. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    I seen a waterhead with lots of worldly stickers on the shiny new thing and all I could think was F'n Poser! Then I followed him for a bit and saw him ride like he was in a third world country so maybe he wore out the old bike adventuring and bought new stickers for the new GS. Dunno. Just looked cheesy to me. I bought used aluminum cases that had been there and done that but I peeled all the decals off and polished them up. The Starbucks decal was the first to go! I'll get my own stickers as I earn them.

    It's up to you really. How important is your "image"? My last GS was sold along with all the stickers and my newer one is totally blank right now. Funny, my GF asked me the same thing about a Dragon decal from Deals Gap. She ran it with her last bike that got caged to death and wondered if she was "allowed" to put one on the new bike.
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  5. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Been here awhile

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    I'd rather see stickers showing where someone has been over company logos. Why give a company free advertising when you already spent money on their product?
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  6. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i think its ok to transfer them. i figure if you got a sticker from somewhere, it means you been there. if i see someone with a sticker that i have been too i like to talk to that person about it and see how they liked it.
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  7. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    I select riding gear with small, unobtrusive logos and stickers for products that I have a good experience with (Mobil1 oil, Odyssey) and vendors that I trust (Cyclebrakes).

    As for as where I've been, ask and I'll show you the photos...no stickers.
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  8. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    What stickers mean the most to you? Do they bring back fond memories, or conjure up that story about that time that guy did that thing? I say it's more important to have the memento as a memory jogger or conversation starter than to worry about being seen as a poseur.

    However, if the new bike is intended as a clean slate, the start of new adventures, then your panniers should be clean as a whistle.


    And if you figure out how to safely transfer decals without tearing, let me know.
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  9. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    I think it means you and the bike have been there. Can't transfer stickers. Sorry. That's the rule.
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  10. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    I just take pictures of the stickers so that I can have a reminder of some of the good times.

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    IMO The bike owns the stickers as much as I do. :deal

    Pins and patches OTOH are a different story. :evil
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  11. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    THATS IT!

    I'll take a picture of my old bike make a sticker from the picture and put it on the pannier. :photog

    I'll have to take two pictures and make two stickers of the old bike one from the right and one from the left. That way each pannier will be represented.
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  12. Botch

    Botch Been here awhile

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    I was kinda wondering that myself... :dunno

    The vario panniers that came with my bike has some hideous (albeit safe) reflective stripes all over it, plus a "Fire/Medic/Rescue" sticker, which needs to come off. I'm a retired Ammo troop; I blow people up, I don't save them! :kboom :lol3
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  13. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Take pix and have a wrap made for the new bike
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  14. ebbanflood

    ebbanflood Riff Raff

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    I have done the traveling, the vehicle is just the means of getting there. I don't have the stickers but i highlight every trip on my road atlas. I have had over 2 dozen bikes, life does not start over with each one. The stickers and the experiences are yours not the machines. If it says "THIS BIKE climbed Mt. Washington" that is another story.
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  15. Room210

    Room210 Nor-Cal GS'er

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    +1 on this
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  16. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    How is this any different from the "instant cred panniers" we so often see sold on the flea market. The stickers tell the story of the rider (and the bike to a degree). I might think it would honest to say "oh I went there on my old bike" if asked, but really if you have a story to go with the sticker tell it. If someone gives you shit for having a sticker from a previous bike give them the salute and tell them to "Stick It". :D
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  17. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I figure it's your bike, decorate it the way you want. I don't put stickers on my bike any more. I'm more into refriderator magnets these days. If some one is standing in my kitchen and wants to ask me about where I've been then it's probably OK. If some one want's to start a conversation at a gas station based on a sticker on my bike I'm usually not too interested. I'm kind of grumpy like that. :D

    Take pics of your bike. Laminate the pics and carry them in your tank bag.
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  18. fubar201

    fubar201 Been here awhile

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    Yeah... Me too. The GS LC and solo rider are an absolute magnet. Rethinking the whole sticker thing....
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  19. JustKip

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    Me too, that's why these are the only stickers on my bike...

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=866162

    If somebody wants to talk about that, I'm game. Otherwise, I've got earplugs
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  20. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    If I get new panniers/bike I start over with new decals. I only get place decals not product.

    The dealer told me someone bought my old 1150GS in part because of the decals!

    I've had to part with my 'Dust to Dawson', 'Alaska Hwy', 'Chicken AK', 'Mama Espinosa's' and 'Monarch Pass'......those I miss the most.

    Right now I only have ADV and California 2
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