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« on: November 13, 2018, 10:51:59 PM »
I have a white MK2 but I don't like how the tank looks so plain from the side view, probably being white don't help much.



But I do like the tank logo on the MK3 but I doubt in could be acquired. maybe I could take a photo and get it reproduced somehow. any ideas anyone?


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Re: tank logo
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 11:11:59 PM »
I buy my decals from these folks - their work is weathering resistant - all my bikes stay out at all weather conditions so the pictures can attest to that. You may be able to do something yourself with the "custom lettering" section.

https://www.military-graphics.com/

I am actually thinking about getting rid of that sticker so that I can stick my tail number there again (BBX)
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Re: tank logo
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 01:48:32 AM »
Not to hijack, but I will. Icy, do your bikes hold up well being exposed to the weather?  I cringe just leaving mine outside overnight or in the rain. Yet, the mirrors are rusting and some of the chrome plated bolts are more rust red than shiny.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 03:52:43 AM »
*Originally Posted by FL_Explorer [+]
Not to hijack, but I will. Icy, do your bikes hold up well being exposed to the weather?  I cringe just leaving mine outside overnight or in the rain. Yet, the mirrors are rusting and some of the chrome plated bolts are more rust red than shiny.

Ugh - I am on my third Tiger. I never baby these bikes. They are tough and like the rough treatment - or at least that's how I treat my cats.

First one:


Second one:



I'll get a picture of the third one covered in snow this Thursday. We're expecting 4" here.

I personally see no adverse effects on my bikes. Yes, here and there there be rusting but that's how it is supposed to be. I don't wash them either - but this morning it was raining heavily here in NY and the bike got a thorough wash on LIE at 5:45 AM on good speed. I mean, it was a thorough wash  :008: Since I ride in winter as well, the exhaust pipes lose their shine quickly and again - that's how I like it.

Honest to spaghetti monster in the sky - I don't wash them, don't cover them, I simply ride them and I never had any problem with any one of them. First one traded in at 41K miles, second one traded in at 20K miles. Third one is at 1000 miles yet - it's just been about three weeks only.

Paint job had no discoloration on either two of them - none, zilch.

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Dunno, usually it's just me who treats the kitty like this. So, I am not sure that I set a great example here  :082:

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Re: tank logo
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2018, 08:58:56 AM »
Just like da Big Apple Man, I had 3 Tiger 1200 and all of them always were outside whatever the weather.
Not a sign of cosmetic wear (apart from the dirt because I do NOT wash bikes) nor rust anywhere to be found.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018, 01:35:30 PM »
I’m calling BS on the no rust. Like I said, mine is parked on a covered porch and only is left out on occasion over night. It has seen a fair bit of rain while ON the road but nothing like Icy’s Bikes see. And yet, my bike has rust in places it shouldn’t. The reservoir covers all faded to a dark gray as well. But the mirror stems is what really smacks my rear end. They have all kinds of rust and junk on them. Surprising since I even clean and spray wax them!
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Re: tank logo
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 02:07:50 PM »
Maybe it's the cleaning and the waxing that's getting them to rust? You know, all that mud and dust on the bits and pieces act like protection  :063:  :038: 

Funny thing happened on the dealer. I was to take my bike back from 20K service and in an instant I ended up trading it in. I spent the entire day there while they were swapping parts between the bikes and I was helping out the sales crew, answering customers' questions etc, just hanging out. Then this dude asked about how to protect the bike and the paint job from the elements and he was looking at the green bike which I was to purchase in a few hours. So I took him out and showed him my old bike and told him "This is the worst that will happen to your bike if you leave it outside, exposed to the elements and you never ever wash it or clean it." He examined the bike and was completely dumbfounded he kept asking if I truly never cleaned it or covered it. Then I showed him the pictures and this guy who knew me was cracking up in the back and said "you should've seen his first TEX when he traded that one it. I scrubbed it for hours to get the dirt off of the bike."

Exhaust rusts, center stand rusts (I kept banging it against rocks and whatnot), crashbars where they were scratched rusted. But I didn't notice any rusting on the mirror stems and anywhere else to be honest. But again, the bike was never that clean maybe there were little rusts here and there and I never saw...

I'll be in the dealer this weekend. If the old bike's still there I'll take detailed pictures - I'm pretty sure they cleaned it up by now  :028:  :821:
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Re: tank logo
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2018, 04:22:14 PM »
*Originally Posted by FL_Explorer [+]
I’m calling BS on the no rust. Like I said, mine is parked on a covered porch and only is left out on occasion over night. It has seen a fair bit of rain while ON the road but nothing like Icy’s Bikes see. And yet, my bike has rust in places it shouldn’t. The reservoir covers all faded to a dark gray as well. But the mirror stems is what really smacks my rear end. They have all kinds of rust and junk on them. Surprising since I even clean and spray wax them!

The problem could be the higher concentration of salt in the air where you live.      I bought a used bike that I discovered had come from one of the Carolina states.    That bike looked pristine from a distance, but up close there were small pits in the metal and rust here & there.   

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Re: tank logo
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2018, 05:28:10 PM »
Had mine since 2012 - i look after it and ride in the winter and it goes in a shed - only corrosion has been the dome nuts on the rear wheel , the brake cable holder ( strap) around the front forks , some heads of the caliper bolts and of course the stand - i am on my second - if i left mine out i am sure it would be worse but i also would'nt have it anymore as it would have been nicked 
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2018, 06:00:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by thumper [+]
The problem could be the higher concentration of salt in the air where you live.      I bought a used bike that I discovered had come from one of the Carolina states.    That bike looked pristine from a distance, but up close there were small pits in the metal and rust here & there.   

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That's a good point.
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