Graphics, plain or numbers?


22 replies to this topic
  • mslow

Posted February 16, 2013 - 05:05 AM

#1

Okay, so here's my dilemma...
My buddy is an AMA motocrosser, very accomplished and has a boot camp and the whole deal.
He's done a bunch of work on my WR, but wants me to wear his graphics on my bike now.
Not sure how I feel about it, but they have numbers on them, my name and all that good stuff, but other than the local enduro's, occasional hare scramble and lots of dual sports and trail rides, I don't race....and I think I might feel kind of dooshy riding with it.

Thoughts?
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  • YzShelby394

Posted February 16, 2013 - 05:28 AM

#2

I personally like numbers even if you don't race. I don't like having the plain white number plates. Who cares what other people think? I have numbers on my bike and i don't race. Make your bike how you want to make it.

  • poldies4

Posted February 16, 2013 - 05:37 AM

#3

Feeling like a douche shouldn't happen. I am going to try a race this year, and generally haven't run numbers on most of my bikes. I decided I like the way they look, and the number I chose has significance, it's my wedding anniversary. If everybody wants to be too cool for numbers (or not cool enough), so be it. Run your bike how you want. I admit the bike in the pic is a little busy for me, I'm not a big graphics guy, or really stickers for that matter. Here's my new bike with my poser numbers, I think it looks cool, and don't we all kinda want a cool looking bike?

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I'll put the front plate number background on if I end up racing, until then I like it how it is. The only reason to feel weird is if you really care what the cool guys think, I don't!

  • mslow

Posted February 16, 2013 - 06:59 AM

#4

Good point, maybe there s a compromise. Maybe I'll take some off and tone t down, he should be cool with that.
He did use my number from my road race track days, so at least there's some consistency.


  • MaxPower

Posted February 16, 2013 - 07:33 AM

#5

To me riding with numbers if you arent racing is silly. Just a step about the guys riding with number 69 or 420 on their plate.
The biggest reason I dont like it is that it draws attention and easier to ID you. If you have a plate on your bike it makes you a target for the cops and if you are riding off road and for some reason you should happen to cross land that perhaps you shouldnt be on, they know #32 on the blue bike was the offender.
Now if you are behind the starting gate for a AMA National I say go with it.
You did a nice job with your WR. It looks really good

Edited by MaxPower, February 16, 2013 - 07:34 AM.


  • LucasLeader

Posted February 16, 2013 - 08:21 AM

#6

I've been thinking about this since I got my WR. It's completely bare and I think it would look better with a graphics kit, but I don't really want to spend money on it. My opinion is that it's your bike so set it up how you like it. If they're your friends graphics he'd better be helping you out with deals from his sponsors.

  • YZPaGuy

Posted February 16, 2013 - 08:51 AM

#7

If he is your buddy and has done a ton of free work to your bike then run them for him. He wants the advertisement, help him out. I not a huge fan of his color scheme but to each his own. My son and I are sponsored through a local suspension shop and a local cycle shop so we run their graphics. They help us out allot and give us a discount on everything. It's just paying them back for their help. I also speak highly of them with anyone I talk to. Have to do your part to keep the sport going.

  • poldies4

Posted February 16, 2013 - 01:24 PM

#8

To me riding with numbers if you arent racing is silly. Just a step about the guys riding with number 69 or 420 on their plate.
The biggest reason I dont like it is that it draws attention and easier to ID you. If you have a plate on your bike it makes you a target for the cops and if you are riding off road and for some reason you should happen to cross land that perhaps you shouldnt be on, they know #32 on the blue bike was the offender.
Now if you are behind the starting gate for a AMA National I say go with it.
You did a nice job with your WR. It looks really good


If you are where you are supposed to be, and not doing things you aren't supposed to why would being anonymous be an issue? It's no different than buying a red car because you like red. I guess I'm not worried about hiding from the cops, never had to. Oops, it's 420, gotta go.

  • beezer

Posted February 16, 2013 - 01:47 PM

#9

When riding in NJ it's best to remain as anonymous as possible. You aren't paranoid if they're out to get you.

  • MaxPower

Posted February 16, 2013 - 08:35 PM

#10

. I guess I'm not worried about hiding from the cops, never had to. Oops, it's 420, gotta go.

I'm not a 15 year old spinning donuts in someone's farm. If you are a racing, you need numbers to be identified on the track. If you are running numbers and don't race, I guess that shows you are someone that has a desire to look like a person that does

Edited by MaxPower, February 17, 2013 - 04:30 AM.


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  • SDLineman

Posted February 16, 2013 - 08:50 PM

#11

True story, I was just browsing the internet with my 5 year old daughter in my lap, and she sees the picture of your bike. She says "you should buy that bike, it's faster than yours". I ask her how she knows, and she says "because it has more stickers than your motorcycle". I think that should help you make up your mind, cuz even a 5yr old girl knows it will be way faster with the graphics. :lol:

  • poldies4

Posted February 17, 2013 - 04:57 AM

#12

I'm not a 15 year old spinning donuts in someone's farm. If you are a racing, you need numbers to be identified on the track. If you are running numbers and don't race, I guess that shows you are someone that has a desire to look like a person that does


Wow, you got me pegged buddy. Damn, wish I could be as judgem...cool as you!! You keep it up in that glass house. I'm 40, and enjoy riding all the time with my son, we got our number backgrounds at the same time. I appreciate your judgement, and luckily don't care what you think. I do love it when guys like you come around to tell the rest of us how it is, or should be.

Read my above post, I said I thought they looked cool, thanks for your mastery of the obvious. I also mentioned that I plan to try a race this year. I even called them my poser numbers.

Keep in mind this is a public forum. The idea being everyone has an opinion and can share that free from bias. You have decided to be rude, be nice or leave it alone.

Not going to stoop down to your level and make this personal. Have a nice day!!

Edited by poldies4, February 17, 2013 - 05:34 AM.


  • mslow

Posted February 17, 2013 - 04:59 AM

#13

See, I feel the same way about the numbers. In my track days you had to have numbers, but then it became if you had no background, white background or yellow background. None for track days, yellow for novice racer and white for expert racer.

I think at this point I'll keep the fender graphics and lose the rest, at least until they 'peel off' on their own...

Thanks for the opinions fellas!

  • poldies4

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:02 AM

#14

True story, I was just browsing the internet with my 5 year old daughter in my lap, and she sees the picture of your bike. She says "you should buy that bike, it's faster than yours". I ask her how she knows, and she says "because it has more stickers than your motorcycle". I think that should help you make up your mind, cuz even a 5yr old girl knows it will be way faster with the graphics. :lol:


Not sure if you are trying to be nice or mean? Either way my dyno run after number plate backgrounds yielded 3 more HP.
Just imagine if I put a full graphics package on it!!

  • mslow

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:04 AM

#15

True story, I was just browsing the internet with my 5 year old daughter in my lap, and she sees the picture of your bike. She says "you should buy that bike, it's faster than yours". I ask her how she knows, and she says "because it has more stickers than your motorcycle". I think that should help you make up your mind, cuz even a 5yr old girl knows it will be way faster with the graphics. :lol:

So funny, that's what the kids in the neighborhood said too, haha
Easy 10hp with those graphics

  • Monk

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:45 AM

#16

I'm not a 15 year old spinning donuts in someone's farm. If you are a racing, you need numbers to be identified on the track. If you are running numbers and don't race, I guess that shows you are someone that has a desire to look like a person that does


Awww, I have numbers on my dualsport, but I race it! I don't have numbers on my race bike...but it feels so good beating guys on my worn out bone stock KTM......with no numbers!

  • YzShelby394

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:46 AM

#17

I don't think it makes my bike look faster, I think it makes my bike look nicer. Underneath those graphics are scratched up and stress marked plastics. I got the graphics and numbers cheap, but I don't have enough for new plastics. So why not cover them up with some cheaper good looking graphics? I guess I'm a poser now! :lol:

  • Monk

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:47 AM

#18

Numbers......no numbers? Run whatever you want! IMO, numbers are better then Monster Energy stickers. :smirk:

  • poldies4

Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:59 AM

#19

Numbers......no numbers? Run whatever you want! IMO, numbers are better then Monster Energy stickers. :smirk:


Amen, brother!!

  • ohiocoalminer

Posted February 17, 2013 - 06:11 AM

#20

Hey ! its your bike that YOU own ! put anything on it that makes you happy . Numbers=racers???? Crap ! anybody can pay an entry fee and slap a transponder on and go racing . Does it make them somepne special ? Nope . I know guys that are pretty good on the track but hit trees in thr woods .lol. an A rider will never look at you as a poser because you have numbers and dont race , but an immature scrub may , anyway , if he does , hit him in the mouth and he wont do it again . Ride what you want how you want ,,,,, dude , its yours !




 
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