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I am starting this new thread 'cause I have not seen this done before on the Forum (and no one is stupid enough to spend this much money on it). I'm going to change my 2017 red/black GSXS to (almost) all black like the 2018 "Z". The difference is the "Z" is like a very dark matte grey, and I will end up with a mixture of gloss black and the dark matte grey.

Freedom Penguin had the idea first, he recently started a thread "can someone please photo shop my bike ..." to see what his blue/black GSXS would look like with some blue body panels blacked out, and it set my mind a blaze. https://www.gsxs1000.org/forum/gsxs-1000-general-discussion/42316-can-someone-photoshop-gsxs-pic-me.html

I do not love my red/black color combination. When I was shopping to buy a GSXS, I found a killer deal on a new left over '17, and it was red/black. (I do like the blue/black combo much more).

In Freedom's thread, upon my request, another Forum Member "Lost" was so awesome to provide photo shopped images of my bike with the red tank cover blacked-out, and then also with the red headlight shroud also blacked-out.

Not only have I already ordered the tank cover and headlight shroud in matte black off the 2018 "Z", today I ordered the side covers and lowers in black. I will remain with red accents on my tail section, solo seat cover, rim stripes, brake lines and new "Suzuki" lower decals in red (instead of the current silver).

So, I'll post the transformation in this thread. Will take a couple of weeks to receive the parts.

Here's a pic of my bike now, and the two photo shopped pics, go to "attached thumbnails" below.
 

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I'm looking forward to how this develops. The first F I found in person was Red/Black and I would have bought it if the dealer would have been a little more generous for a "last years model" bike, but that's another story. I found a blue for a much better deal and that's what I have now and I like it. The red/black combo looks nice too, but I think you guys are on to something by toning it done a notch. The crazy thing is a lot of my riding gear is black with red accents. ;)
 

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Wow! Lone, thanks for doing that man! And I actually like the contrast of the gold forks.

I think it’s gonna look bad ass! I have some minor red accents in the grips too, red brake lines, levers with red adjusters, and red rim stripes. I just had the foot controls powder coated black as well. The “black widow”!

Hey Lone, in the last picture, can you make the wheels red too? That’s another idea I have.
 

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Look this video. Maybe help you for your project.....

https://youtu.be/1wmsxIlTGNQ
 

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Look this video. Maybe help you for your project.....

https://youtu.be/1wmsxIlTGNQ
Chris, thanks for sharing that video, amazing that you found a Euro video demonstrating exactly what I'm talking about.

Personally, I like my idea of retaining a few color (red) accents to break up the all black. But the video definitely shows how easy it is to transform the vibe of a bike using a wrap.

I prefer to replace my red body panels with OEM "Z" matte black panels, rather than go the wrap route. More expensive but less hassle to install and will last forever.
 

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You are correct, yours will look legit. I think the accent colors will pop more. I’m only going to wrap my couple blue pieces because you see how easy it is in video (now me actually doing it, it may be a pain in butt) but it’s cheap and can be reversed and may be a nice learning experience.

How long do you think it will take to get your bike parts and everything?
 

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That video is epic, gave me a new insight on what to do when I wrap my pieces this week.

Thanks for share
FP, Since I started this "change the color" thread, post pics of your project here too please. It was your initial idea, but this could be a cool thread re. color changes.

I will have the new pieces in a couple of weeks.
 

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The front wheel is too dark in the image I've been working with, so it's hard to "grab" the shapes for coloring. But I was able to get the rear wheel pop a bit better. It comes out glossy red; not sure that's what you have in mind. Kinda reminds me of the Buell XB's that had colored wheels - could be a plus or minus depending on where you land on that aesthetic.

FWIW, I like where you're going with this. Can't wait to see the results and glad I could help out along the way.
 

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Lone, your computer ability to help us visualize what it would look like is so much appreciated! Again, thank you!

I totally like where it's going too. From your latest image, I think red wheels might look really cool, but possibly too much. That is the beauty of your help in "visualizing".

I will get the body panels changed to black first, and then address the wheel color change idea. But from your images, every change looks better and better.

I can't wait! Will post pics when done.
 

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FP, Since I started this "change the color" thread, post pics of your project here too please. It was your initial idea, but this could be a cool thread re. color changes.

I will have the new pieces in a couple of weeks.

Actually I am the original poster of the photoshop request thread, I will post the results of my repaint when it happens. I am going to the painter today to see what he has to say.

I'm sticking to my original plan of repainting front cover and headlight cover with sparkle black, I really like gloss and think it might minimize the visual of the batman front tank cover .:) After seeing more of Lost's photoshop work, I'm tempted to repaint even more pieces but will probably hold off to see the initial result.

Dan
 

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I was confused myself, I didnt do a thread, he might of saw my photoshop pics changing forks and panels and such. All the same I've been following these threads closely. My wrap got to NY today. probably wont get it til next week sadly. (shipped from canada oddly)
 

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Sorry for the mistake again Moleeye, got mixed up with FP's thread, you had a great idea, Lost rocks! look forward to seeing your results here too!
 

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Wow I just spent about 1.5 hours figuring out how to remove the side panels to get at the front tank cover and remove it with the helpful instructions in the owners manual.
Hope the paint guy can match the sparkle in the black paint!
 

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Lost, I have one more favor to ask! In the last all black picture you made for me (not with red wheels), can you do one more with the red Suzuki decal on the tank (slanted downward) instead of on the lower body panel? Thanks man (PM sent).
 
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