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post #101 of 118 Old 05-03-2016, 12:46 AM
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Had the bike less than a day and all the stickers are off and the passenger pegs (never ride two up)
It'll take me a few more weeks to get the fender eliminator, exhaust bazaaz or power commander, k and n etc

This bike is a joy - perfect for the urban assault and the twisites nearby
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post #102 of 118 Old 05-11-2016, 12:17 AM
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I took off the decals and the belly pan the day I bought it. Now I just need tail tidy kit and really want to get the rims painted black. It's kinda funny how it looks like a super duke without all the stickers.
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post #103 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 01:40 PM
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First whole day with the wife's Duke and I removed the ugly stickers only to realize the paint job underneath is uglier. The picture attached shows the worst part. Anyone have any luck getting KTM to replace messed up painted pieces?
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post #104 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 02:21 PM
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Hmm, not great but I think you would do really well to get a replacement nose cone out of them under these circumstances.

If I was the dealer / KTM I might be tempted to say that the area in question is of acceptable quality as KTM's specifications only require the surface finish (of that area) to be sufficiently high to accept a decal.......

Less is more - You can only use 150hp .001% of the time, but you can use 150kg 100% of the time ...........


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post #105 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 02:33 PM
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On second thoughts maybe they'll be only too happy to replace it (and glad you have alerted them to another example of by Bajaj's lack of quality control).

Sorry for not actually answering the question

Less is more - You can only use 150hp .001% of the time, but you can use 150kg 100% of the time ...........


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post #106 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 03:02 PM
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I'm not certain that those pieces are even painted. Instead, I think they probably are plastic with the color molded in during fabrication. Perhaps they didn't stir the mixture sufficiently before injecting into the mold.

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post #107 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 06:19 PM
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Yea, the paint on these mini Dukes aren't great, but then have you ever inspected the awful orange peel paint on 50k+ BMW's. Anyone with such a vehicle and any pride should get them professionally machine polished before they take them off the showroom floor IMHO (though they may have improved since I last saw one).

If it bothers you try and borrow a dual action machine polisher (such as a Kestrel DAS) and some mild cutting polish such as Meguiars and go using plenty of water in a hand pump spray as you go, polish the defects out.
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post #108 of 118 Old 05-22-2016, 09:07 PM
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The picture really does not do it justice. It looks like there was a bubble in the paint/plastic and they sanded it down so the sticker would lay flat. I will just have to order a new one.
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post #109 of 118 Old 05-23-2016, 12:52 PM
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Anyone think this will affect resale much? I wanna do it but also know that I won't have the bike for any longer than 2-3 years.
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post #110 of 118 Old 05-23-2016, 07:32 PM
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Anyone think this will affect resale much? I wanna do it but also know that I won't have the bike for any longer than 2-3 years.
I reckon it would devalue a 3 year old Duke roughly 200.

As a rule, people like to buy bikes that look standard, or that can easily be returned to standard. Many buyers don't just think about what they want, they also think about how easy the bike will be to sell on (what the next owner will want) and standard bikes are the easiest to value and the easiest to sell on.

An aftermarket exhaust for example generally wont hurt resale value if the stock exhaust is also supplied - the bike can be easily returned to standard and (if so desired) the slight pain of fitting the stock item is offset by then having the freshly removed aftermarket exhaust to sell on.

On the other hand, having to buy and fit a new set of decals, costs money, is not most peoples idea of fun in the slightest and that's if they manage to make a decent job of it.....

Even if the person you sell to wants a de - stickered bike themselves, if they've any nouse - they'll still try to drive you down a couple of hundred quid on price, because they will know a standard bike is worth more......
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