Thanks for the info! Will have to check into it
The whole 'rat' look is really in vogue right now. I was in Vegas for SEMA this year and there were a lot of cars painted that way. It used to be cool to have a shiny car with a flat stripe, but now it is the other way around. I don't know if I could do it though. It looks too much like an unfinished project to me. But then again, I am a detailer, so shiny appeals to me.
To me, a clean bike says you ride it and take pride in keeping it clean. I've got 30K miles on my '06 and I'd challenge anyone to find something on it that needs to be cleaned or polished after I'm done cleaning it. Primer black says you are too busy with other things to worry about cleaning something when you are done with it. That isn't a bad thing I guess. You have said pretty much the same thing in this thread anyway, so I would expect that you don't disagree with that. You feel that flat black says get out of my way and who cares if your bike is shiny. Nuttin wrong with that. Just remember that not all bikes that are shiny are trailer queens. Some of us ride the %%%% out of them.
The thing I like most about the M50 is that it isn't overly chromed. Really just the forks (including handlebars and speedo), whatever that is on the tank with the gas cap, air filter, valve covers, and pipes. I could see taking everything that is currently painted already and making it flat black, but I'd definitely keep my chrome. I like the contrast too much.
The ape hangers can get you in trouble if they are above your shoulders. Most motor vehicle codes will state that, so while you may not necessarily get pulled over for it, riding that way is still just giving them one more reason to harass you. To me (and this is just my personal taste and not meant to be offensive) ape hangers on motorcycles are like big spoilers on cars. It doesn't really add that much function to the experience and it is more about the 'look at me' factor. Nobody with ape hangers is going to tell you that they don't feel more bad ass when they are riding that way compared to normal handle bars. You know it gets looks and there is a certain stigma attached to bikers that ride that way. You also know you'd look like a douche if you rode that bike wearing a suit or anything other than leathers. c'mon... admit it. You'd laugh your ass off at a yuppie riding a bike like yours. It is an image thing when you rat out your bike and put ape hangers on it. Not a bad thing. As long as it is is something you like and that is look you wanted. A+ for originality.
Oh, sorry... last comment.
I agree about painting your forward controls black. The problem with painting so much of your bike is that now anything shiny stands out like a sore thumb. I'd paint any and everything silver on that bike black so it really blends in. I agree that risers would be a good thing for the handlebars to bring them more in line with the forks and probably offer a more comfortable ride. I've never been long distance with ape hangers, but I've put a couple hundred miles on a bike with them and it was pretty painful. Anything that can be done to make it a little more comfortable is a good thing.
OCDetails - i agree with you on the image people attempt to portray when riding with ape hangers.
but! as to the rat rod look. i love it. i have loved it for long time, before it was in vogue. people try hard to get and keep that look. some just as hard as you might to keep your bike clean. i have a 67 chevy c10 that is a rat rod project (unless someone wants to make a trade for something even older!!). mechanically, everything is 100% working. its just the exterior completes the look and is unique to me. unfortunately the rat rod look is becoming too popular. im not one that likes to be "main stream." i have always liked the rat rod because it is "rebel", unconventional and uncommon. i like to be different. once i get my M paid off my current plan is to purchase a raider but still keep the M. the M50 has very good potential for a rat rod bobber. thats the route i'd like to take it in a few years. and i bet it would look damn good in the back of my truck
2008 Black on yellow M50 ~ Cobra Streetrod Slashdowns ~ FI2000R ~ removed air cleaner ~ de-paired ~ de-flectored ~ 3" drop ~ JK forward controls ~ curved side mount license plate ~ integrated tail light ~ Jardine sissy bar ~ always looking for more stuff to add!
I have metal in both of my legs. I'm working on becoming the Bionic Man!
Personally not big on the apes, and I'm too crazy about the m50's stock rear fender to pull a switch like that. But it's unlike any other M I have seen. I can dig the flat black. Glad you like it, and thanks for sharing. Regardless of whether anyone likes your mods or not, it's an inspiration to other modders out there.