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Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Boris

THE GRAY PROJECT – YAMAHA XV1900 ROADLINER

 

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Not too long ago, I embarked on a another project bike in conjunction with Yamaha Australia and AMCN.

The bike was an XV1900 – arguably the best cruiser available in Australia today.

But seriously in need of some kinda masculinity to take away from its somewhat too arty…um, artiness.

So, while I shall eventually get to things like pipes and bling and suspenders and engine, I really had to do soemthing about it’s look.

Thus. the first port of call was with Brian Bollard at Rip Graphics in Alexandria, for a vinyl wrap. We chose to go with a matte grey and carbon fibre theme to to toughen up the whole look, which would contrast nicely with the bike unique art deco lines.

Vinyl wrap is a great thing. It looks awesome lasts for years and leaves the original paint pristine underneath.

RIP Graphics are masters at this process, which is not as expensive as you might think, and the colour options are vast.

Contact RIP graphics on 612 9699 8399 or visit their website and view their portfolio of work
This is what the beast looked like after we wheeled it into RIP Graphics, as junkies laughed at our efforts

This is what the beast looked like after we wheeled it into RIP Graphics, as junkies laughed at our efforts

No, I didn't wash it. No, do not ask questions about that.

No, I didn’t wash it. No, do not ask questions about that.

The first thing to get wrapped was the chrome dash. It is much more manly now.

The first thing to get wrapped was the chrome dash. It is much more manly now.

The oil tank followed suite and is now far more primal

The oil tank followed suite and is now far more primal

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Next came the headlight nacelle and much swearing, though I am told there was much more swearing during the wrapping of the tank

Next came the headlight nacelle and much swearing, though I am told there was much more swearing during the wrapping of the tank

Much better!

Much better!

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Sexy as a sexy thing

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And now the tank. The swearing could be heard in Lebanon.

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Nick speaks to it in a language it can understand.

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Behold it’s glorious greyness!

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is a writer who has contributed to many magazines and websites over the years, edited a couple of those things as well, and written a few books. But his most important contribution is pissing people off. He feels this is his calling in life and something he takes seriously. He also enjoys whiskey, whisky and the way girls dance on tables. And riding motorcycles. He's pretty keen on that, too.



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