Painful paintjobs

A se­lec­tion of mo­tor­cy­cle paintjobs rang­ing from the ridicu­lous to the sub­lime. Any­one eas­ily be­fud­dled by hor­rific lapses in taste re­ally should look away now

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There have been some dread­ful fac­tory paint schemes over the years. Here they are in their full hor­ror

ONE OF THE SIMPLEST things in the world is to wreck a bike’s value by ap­ply­ing a “one-off” paint scheme to an oth­er­wise per­fectly pre­sentable mo­tor­cy­cle. But over the years it’s not just mis­guided in­di­vid­u­als who have be­smirched de­cent bikes with their vi­sions of in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Fac­to­ries (by and large) have a fair idea of what their cor­po­rate style is from sea­son to sea­son. Usu­ally their ap­proach is con­sis­tent, con­ser­va­tive and rec­og­niz­able. Oc­ca­sion­ally they di­vert from the norm with vary­ing WORDS MARK GRA­HAM re­sults. Honda’s “Ur­ban Tiger” liv­ery for the 1994 Fire­blade shouldn’t have worked – but some­how did – even though it re­sem­bled a cross be­tween a pair of old cor­duroy trousers and the stage out­fit of Imag­i­na­tion’s Leee (sic) John.

The firm’s later ’98 ’Blade in the cat­a­stroph­i­cally jar­ring Lapis Blue Metal­lic scheme (squint be­low) did not work in any way. It was as close to dis­as­ter as any self-re­spect­ing styling depart­ment would care to sail. then in 1999, per­haps by way of con­tri­tion, Honda then numbed us with a plod­dingly dull 1960’s Grand Prix guise on (per­haps fit­tingly) AVFR800.

Nor are Honda alone in crimes against aes­thetic sen­si­bil­i­ties.the other three of the Big Four have reg­u­larly pro­duced ut­terly ex­e­crable at­tempts at cap­tur­ing the zeit­geist of the time – while stray­ing from their more usual mod­er­ately ap­peal­ing of­fer­ings.

And don’t for a mo­ment imag­ine Euro­pean fac­to­ries to be in any way ex­empt from the worst ex­cesses of er­rant paint­ing.and do please en­joy these hor­ri­bly un­set­tling frag­ments of vis­ual dis­as­ter zones past…

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