Toning down the orange

Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by rowdyred94, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. SuperJimbo

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    The mud-pack is supposed to be good for the complexion.
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    Nice!

    And how easy it is to clean it with just water pressure after mud?
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  3. sledneck

    sledneck Been here awhile

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    Sadly, mine is clean and in the living-room still. Going to be a couple months still...late winter up here.
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  4. SuperJimbo

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    Gotta treat 'em right when we can cause they're gonna git rode hard and put up wet eventually. :D
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  5. rowdyred94

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    Here's a wrap up for now. Coming to realize it isn't really the orange I didn't like but the sort of chaotic black lettering and junk. I think the orange looks fantastic as an accent here.

    Since my last photos I added an overlay for the little triangle on the side fairing and figured out a shape I can live with for the fork boots. The weather is getting pretty good in Minnesota now so it's time to stop primping and time to start raising some dust.

    PXL_20210401_214943160.jpg PXL_20210401_214947231.jpg PXL_20210401_214958115.jpg PXL_20210401_223440587.jpg PXL_20210401_223456485.jpg
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  6. Matthewm

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    I love the orange...more and more. My wife thinks I look like a Ridgid power tool at this point tbough sponsored by Home Depot...

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  7. chippertheripper

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    The current color scheme looks great with the orange mosko kit.
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  8. Hallboss

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    My toning down project, carbon fiber wrapped the orange battery cover.
    Carbon890.jpg

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  9. jimbop

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    Here is my version of just a bit of orange. IMG_0368.jpg
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  10. Matthewm

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    Probably one of my favorites. Where did you pick those up?
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  11. chevmekanik

    chevmekanik Been here awhile Supporter

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    It would work if it didn’t say Jimbo. Nothing personal just doesn’t work for me!
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  12. jimbop

    jimbop Been here awhile

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  13. jimbop

    jimbop Been here awhile

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    It's my ride so I only care if it works for me. LOL!
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  14. catfishhands

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    Me too!

    Where at in Okie? Looks like western OK
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  16. JETalmage

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    Agree. Here's the thing:

    KTM will probably go down in marketing history for its masterful job of branding by appropriating 'ownership' of a color. All of the Big Four have tried it, but no other brand has done it as consistently and effectively.

    The problem isn't the color. It's the ubiquitous, garish, adolescent Japanese sci-fi zigzag lightning space racer Saturday morning super hero cartoon styling that has been the defacto standard in the dirt bike world for so many decades now that the 'new' of every $10,000 to $25,000 bike wears off in a week.

    Just changing a color doesn't fix that. It dominates not just the graphics, but the shape of body panels, headlights, fuel tanks, luggage plates (fercryinoutloud) and anything and everything else to which it can be applied. Get a clue, manufacturers; no one is fooled by that crap anymore. It's everywhere. It's ordinary. It's outdated. The bike doesn't 'look fast just sitting there' anymore. It just looks garish. It kills pride of ownership, because it makes everything look checkout counter instant-gratification cheap, and disposable as a cereal box.

    Tasteful understated branding and design wasn't always and still doesn't have to be antithetical to off-road motorcycling. Rickman. Ossa. Bultaco. Even Hodaka are still better to look at.

    The expensive Adventure Bike segment especially should be oriented toward the look of lasting quality; not mimicking the raucous chaos of motocross stunts. Sheesh, nowadays, a bargain priced Royal Enfield Himalayan (excluding the options for lame 'cammo' patterning and such) has more of a lasting quality aesthetic than KTM Adventure models.

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  17. Dan D.

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    Whoa... Cool your jets
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  18. chippertheripper

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  19. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    LOL. True.

    Though I don't entirely disagree with the sentiment, just more forgiving of KTMs design decisions. It might be an age thing...

    KTM and KISKA embrace loud contrasting colors, sharp angles, and an overall "busy" feel that makes things "POP" and is popular with the race crowd. It's the KTM defacto motif across their entire line. It's what they "sell".

    There are days I dig it (except the direction they have gone with all their big bike headlights) but loud doesn't always age well. Many (both old and young) want a bike that looks like it just rolled out of the factory race skunkworks program. Targeting Old guys with deep pockets and younger riders with years of riding ahead of them is smart business. They've got Husky to delve into the Retro and more classic lines though it doesn't really seem to be KISKAs forte.

    Still, I enjoy looking at loud and garish bikes, just not as inclined to ride one. Despite loving the bikes themselves I prefer to be a little less "look at me". Being old and riding around on a bike that screams "Badass" is sort of like an old fart driving a Lamborghini Huracan.

    Besides, I prefer to surprise the low hanging fruit when the opportunity arises. ;)
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  20. Dan D.

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    I crashed yesterday staring at myself in the reflection in the store front windows.
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