The good, the bad and the ugly – what paintjobs work?

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We love this Racing colour scheme on the Gen 2 Tuono. It’s not authentic to that model, having actually been the paintjob for the limited edition Racing version of the previous generation bike, but it looks cool, it’s recognisable as an Aprilia and it suits the bike’s lines.

Not all paintjobs do work though. I can remember riding to the British MotoGP at Silvestone on a Ducati 848 Evo SE in 2012 and overtaking a Yamaha painted in Rossi Ducati colours. The rider was obviously a massive Rossi fan, and had got PaintNation to spray the bike in the Ducati livery. The bike itself was immaculately finished, but it just looked wrong – a Yamaha masquerading as a Ducati. It drew a lot of attention in the car park, simply because it stuck out like a sore thumb, and almost universal ridicule. It must’ve cost a small fortune to do, but ultimately it was an epic fail.

But does it really matter? I’ve got a Ducati 749S that was originally yellow but is now satin black after running out of talent at Oulton Park. And I’ve lost count of the number of Gulf painted bikes I’ve seen – though oddly enough they all seem to be Italian machines – or the bikes sporting Red Bull or Monster colours.
All this talk about paint got me thinking about the best colour scheme I’ve seen, and I can’t make my mind up. I’m torn between Nicky Hayden’s 2010 Ducati (the bike and leathers were topped of by the Gerhard Berger inspired lid), Yamaha’s iconic yellow and black Speedblock or Guy Martin’s sliver, yellow and red Wilson Craig Honda.

What do you think? Best motorbike paintjob? 1,2,3…go!


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