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Once you go black you never go back

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Considering going to black plastics on the YZ. So far the only decent looking graphics kits I've come across are the Monster Energy kits from Factory Effex , and while they aren't bad I'm not completely in love with them. Post of photos of some black 06-09's if you have any!

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i had black plastics on my old 2-stroke. they look good when you put them on, but IMO they start to look like crap wayyyyyy faster than any other color of plastics. they really show the scratches/scuffs etc.

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YZ450F.jpg

This is my recent favorite. I'm thinking about going this route on my 06 hopefully this fall if I can find some graphics to fit.

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I can't believe there isn't more options out there for some kits that would look good on black plastic... I like the ones gray posted but once you slap those over a black shroud it's kinda pointless. I like the kit Chad posted too but I'm just not in love with the big Monster logos all over... I might look into a custom setup with a splash of white or silver and blue in the shroud but I'm not sure I want to put that much effort into it not knowing if I'm going to end up liking the black in the long run or not.

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Black looks roached after about two single track trips. I like the white kit Grey posted up. Though I would keep blue fenders as the white ones look dirty all the time. I think I'll install the white kit on blue plastic. I have my OEM white but it's reserved for when I sell it. :thumbsup:

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YZ450F.jpg

This is my recent favorite. I'm thinking about going this route on my 06 hopefully this fall if I can find some graphics to fit.

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Ya know, it's weird..... Being an old carp, there's still a sort of "stigma" attached to black dirt bikes, for me..... Back in Oklahoma (where I'm originally from) and in the late '60s/early '70s, every black dirt bike I ever saw was usually a stolen bike. :ride:

Cosmetics are purely a "personal" sorta thing, as far as I'm concerned. To each their own, as they say.... But I still, to this day, wonder if a black bike I see is stolen..... :thumbsup:

I guess it's kinda like recalling the old "You Meet The Nicest People on A Honda " ad campaign, back when motorcycling was trying to change it's image from the "Harley Bad Ass" kinda image to be more of a "Even Housewives Are Riding!' kind of a deal. It's funny how now when you see the "Harley Bad Ass" folks, they're typically attorneys or accountants, and they're at a Starbucks..... :bonk:

Jimmie

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Diesel, why were mosy stolen bikes black? Did theives tend to paint them black or where black bikes the cool thing and everyone wanted them?

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Diesel, why were mosy stolen bikes black? Did theives tend to paint them black or where black bikes the cool thing and everyone wanted them?

I dunno why they were always painted black.... :bonk: Maybe the thieves had an abundance of black paint? :ride: Since a good amount of stolen motorcycles are taken by someone that lives near where the bike lives, I theorize they were painting them to make them "unrecognizeable" to the real owner, perhaps??? Years later, after I moved to Portland, I had a 1979 Honda CR125R (the most evil handling POS I ever oned.... :lol: ) stolen out of the back of my truck, in my driveway, by two local teenagers. I got it back before they had a chance to paint it....

You just never saw a stolen one painted, say, pink, for whatever reason..... :thumbsup::p

Jimmie

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I saw a stolen bike painted green and they were saying it was a kawasaki when it was a newer yz250f :bonk: Keep in mind you can use a razor blade to shave get rid of deep scratches on black plastics and then finish of the plastic by using VERY fine sandpaper and then finally buff it. hat's how I keep my black plastic number plates so shiny.... If i was you though I would keep the blue plastics because they can easily be shiny new again with the help of a heat gun :thumbsup:

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