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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Just got the luggage out ready for the rally season decided to upgrade the panniers from leather to abs plastic, now the back box matches the matt black of the seats etc but doesnt the gloss black of the panniers. Do i get the gloss back box or in your opinion does the current fitted one look ok
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 06:36 AM
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I think it looks pretty good as is, but it might look better if the box matched the panniers. Just my .02 though. Could it be painted instead of replacing?

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:15 AM
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I guess it depends on how important looks vs $$ are to you. For me, the trunk doesn't look bad at all, but I agree with NorthernRider, it might look even better with a trunk that matches the saddlebags. Gloss black trunks can be pretty pricey, and trying to paint the existing textured trunk to a smooth gloss black might be durn near impossible. How would it look with a textured gloss black? Better, worse?

Interesting this came up as I have a friend with a 2007 BMW R1200RT with blue panniers. He purchased a trunk (smaller than yours) and is flat black (textured surface). Now that he has had it a year, he wants to try to match the panniers. We are going to try and paint it the same color, but live with the textured surface instead of trying to get a smooth surface. Will be interesting to see once we get it done.

In any event, good luck, and that is one fine looking machine you have there!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:22 AM
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The first consideration for me is functionality

but I do agree that all things being equal it is better when a bike looks cohesive.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2017, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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They are a proper bitch to paint, you need an adhesive promoter first to help the paint stick, then its in the lap of the gods as to what it looks like and how it lasts lol

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 04:37 PM
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Flat black the saddlebags?

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