Thanks fella, I tried going the vinyl wrap route first but it was a total bust - the fenders worked well but the tank was a different story entirely. Plus I wanted to de-badge the tank and wrapping over the decals didn't really work either as they showed through the vinyl.
Considered plasti dip, but my mate did that on his bike and the tank just got chewed by the gas spills. So I went the paint route, and glad of it. The satin clear coat turned out to be something of a challenge, but it all worked out in the end.
Yamez - putting the Yam into Yamaha