Covets or Coveting: verb - yearn to possess or have....
The Gladius doesn't seem to be a popular bike in the USA, but by searching websites online I can find dealer options and accessories that aren't available here.
One day, a year or so ago, I saw a picture on the Suzuki UK website and I have been drooling over it every since. I have a copy saved on my work computer, home computer and even my iPad.
|(Stock Suzuki photo, from Suzuki UK)|
Suzuki UK sells a kit for a checkerboard pattern on the petrol tank side covers as seen above. It is officially called the Chequered Tank Design Set 990D0-44H03-PAD, and retails for £145 (approx $242 USD). From the website I can't tell if they are gel covers, stickers or exactly what. All I know is I like them.
On another website I found a description that says: "Two silver S marks and stickers set for the side panel covers in same design are included."
Yet another website describes it as "tank design cover" and "Black and white checkered graphic to protect your fuel tank. It not only adds protection, but looks stunning and gives a real sporty look."
So, why if I like it so much have I not bought the kit? Well, I am having a hard time justifying spending the £145 plus shipping and exchange to US Dollars for stickers. It would be close to $300 delivered.
It would be one thing if it was a true farkle - functional and sparkly. But this is just pure aesthetics with no real function.
We've been to a local vinyl piece that makes decals and signs and such and they wouldn't touch it. They said they make the pattern in sheets and would have to cut around it with a razor blade and that they couldn't guarantee the squares would still be square when they went around the angles of the cover.
You wouldn't think it would be that hard to replicate.
|(Can you picture him with chequerboard covers?)|
What do you think? Too much or just the right amount of flash for Max?
Any artsy type folks out there with any ideas on replication and/or vinyl application?
- Au Revoir
" It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations." - Walter Bagehot