So, Yamaha wants me/us to supply them with marketing information for free? No t-shirt, no key ring, no complimentary beverage, not even a chance at winning the new R-1 or a 2002 Yamaha Road Star Warrior?
Sheesh, I've already got a '98 YZF600R, how much more do they want from me? ;-)
What I really want to know is whether the stylists at Yamaha really thought that they had come up with the 10 best color schemes/monochrome choices out the color pallettes?
#3 is "yellow-but-we-don't-want-to-look-like-Ducati-or-Honda-yellow-so-we-chose-an-ugly-yellow". And, #'s 7 and 8 look like someone snuck into Suzuki's Hamamatsu paint plant and used their striping machinery. Word to the Tuning Fork Co.: just say NO! Not even the mad dog Brits will go for the Neil Hodgson homage of #8...
I agree with the others that simple is better (or at least uncluttered). The tasteful all-silver (#2), the black and red "flames" is nice, so are the white & black and yellow & black "fade" schemes. I think the "champion" stripe theme should only be used every 5 to 10 years, otherwise it loses its appeal and gets old fast. Just my very IMHO, you know?
Funny--you get the info here for free, Yamaha will have to come and get it if they want it, much as I love them...
There's something cool about a solid silver bike-- if it's done right, like some models over in Europe. i know a guy in my neighborhood with a silver Triumph 955. I've seen pics of silver Aprilias that look trick, too. They don't look bland at all--just really clean--mechanical and sophisticated.
and enough with the stick-on graphics, already. . ..
Yamaha get a clue! Put more effort into developing a world ass-beating superbike instead of silly color schemes. If you make a bike that DEMANDS respect (you did it before!) it won't matter what color the bike is. Look at Ducati, simple red and yellow for their base model superbikes. IMHO, If you want to REALLY take design schemes in a TOTALLY new direction, make a clear plastic fairing that shows off the technology like naked bikes yet has the full fairing to cover the engine. That would be SO COOL!
Solid Matt black/gray, Titanium, Solid Mika Blue, Aprilia silver or custom paint like white background wif yamaha blue race stripe is cool!! Have the pic in hardcopy, will post to you guys on the net in future.
The fire @ #4 - Black Flag is not fierce enough, too simple, seem like design by an amateur designer. Should use real fire design.
Clear? Then they'd have to hide all the wiring and hoses, but you'd still have to pay major cash for the plastic if you wrecked. Plus, imagine washing the bike. The inside would still be dirty so you'd have to pull off the plastic, wash the inside, then wash the motor, then put the plastic back on. And I gotta disagree on the color thing. If they made the R1 in that purple and red (#5) scheme, they'd have a few bikes left on the dealership floor.
The race replica schemes have been done by them before, so forget about them.
And bugger those custom and flow schemes. They all look like crap. Everytime I see a try-hard scheme like those it reminds me of early nineties GSXR's or ZXR's. Remember the ones with the PINK surfboard graphics? I felt embarrased for the poor baztards riding them. Notice how you don't really see any of them about anymore.
No I think solid colours are the go. They highlight the excellent lines of todays bikes. I think you only should go with those surfboard schemes if your designers are sh1t, and have buggered the styling of the bike in the first place.
Why must it be such a chore to remove the fairings from todays superbikes? I don't see why manufacturers couldn't design fairings that remove quickly in order to access the engines and to be cleaned more easily. Of course I recognize the reality of design and costs but it could be done. A clear bike; interesting. Might just be crazy enough to work.
Clear sure is interesting, like those clear models by Tamiya. I wonder how a lightly tinted color would look, say red. You would still get the see thru look, but have a little bit of color. Also, 1/2 turn fasteners would be a help, they can't be THAT expensive.
Anyway, I vote for the solids, just look at the transformation of the silver Fireblade, SP1, etc. in Britain.
No we are not giving marketing ideas to Yamaha you idiots......they want to know what we...the consumer wants. I'll tell you what I dont want.....none of those crappy solid colors or "race replica" designs. The current Yamaha Blue makes me puke....yeah it might've been cool say....5 years ago.....but they should stick to the traditional Yamaha colors. ANd what are they for the ignorant non- Yamaha fan? They are.... black/yellow and white/red and have been used since the late 60's. Ive been I hate to say......a Yamaha fan since Ive started riding back in 1984 and I'll be honest when I say......Yamaha was never one to come up with any exciting or alluring graphics or paint schemes. Matter a fact.....they rarely get it right, most of the times the color schemes were either "eh" or "what the [email protected]$k?" The best model colors were the red/white 1987(I had 2 of these!) and blue/white 1988 FZR1000's for those that can remember.....the 1991 FZR1000 was tastefully done in white/charcoal grey/blue and looked very proper for a mature audience. IN 1995 the graphics seemed to be "Honda Inspired", but it still looked half decent. Oh and last but not least.....the 1994 YXF750 in the white/fusia pink/yellow.....yeah yeah yeah......I know very loud and to some.....nauseous. But very original and exciting to say nonetheleast. All the other years and models I missed out were either "ok" "eh" or just crap! As for the choices we were given, I definitely stayed away from the solids, there are too many silver bikes nowadays too.....even though the bike wont look half bad(remember the R1 has alot of 916 styling influences!) I think I picked a black/yellow combo and maybe a white/black combo as well.....but overall.....the choices were "eh".
The Champions Edition R1 and R6 were some of the most uninspiring paint schemes Ive ever seen by the way. If they really wanted to make it look good......look to the yellow and black RZV500 racebike from '83