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Demon N DC
06-14-2003, 06:27 AM
Hi Everyone :)
while looking up information on the net about aprilia,
I can't miss this beautiful website that really helped
me make up my mind on buying one.
I just bought a 2003 Aprillia Mille R Black/Red
beautiful bike "though I haven't ridden it yet!
I also bought a load of accessories for it
Dark tented screen, Xnone headlights,
Tag relocated, White Tail Light with bulbs,
Bike Aprilia Cover, Extra Set OZ Wheels "Blue ones"
Aprilia Helmet and some other stuff, I haven't yet
made up my mind about a jacket, but I guess
I will figure that one out later <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/ohwell.gif ALT=":\">
by the way most of those stuff I bought from this website :)
the bike "looks" nice again I didn't pick it up yet because
they are still installing those stuff to it. I only have one problem
that really got me frustrated! :(
I am Trying to remove the White front fairing Sticker
which is really ugly and missing up the color match
im trying to do, fairings are the White Sticker Above
the head Lights, the service manager told me that
it is mounted to the front, and if they remove it
there will be no paint under it! is that true?
If it is Where can I find front fairing or whatever
they call it to replace it for the same model but in plain
Thanks for any help!
06-14-2003, 06:54 AM
Not posotive on the 03 model, but all the other year Mille's are a solid color each section with stickers laid over the top.
06-14-2003, 07:55 AM
Uh, make sure it's not under any clear coat... If it's the flat black, you should be good. Oh, and use a heat gun.
06-14-2003, 08:06 AM
I agree - the white zig-zag is ugly. I have an extra front fairing (with some rash on it <g>) that I am planning to "experiment with" this summer, to see about removing the stickers from my 01 R model. Other stickers I've taken off have left a bit of a "shadow" on the plastic that I _think_ is due to UV degradation, even though it's garage kept.
Still, the plastics are molded in one color - in your case, black. Any other colors are decals only, but anothe rposter brought up a good point - is your mille flat black or gloss? Gloss mayhave some kind of clear coat over everything (mine is flat).
An idea - if money isn't too limiting, order another OEM front fairing and experiment with that. If it comes out well, you can sell the original on eBay and recoup _most_ of your investment.
Otherwise - heck, I'd do it anyway...
Are you in the DC area?
Demon N DC
06-14-2003, 02:35 PM
thanks for the help so far.
the new mille R comes in 2 colors silver, and black/red
althought it is called Black but u can't ignore
the red lines or stickers in it..
if i do remove the sticker and there is no paint
under it is there away to cover it up
with out having to paint it?..
Ri im in DC :cool:
06-14-2003, 03:41 PM
Man, I took my bike downtown exactly ONCE.... never again ;) I live in Gaithersburg, just up the road in MD...
Just a heads-up - if you're using Coleman Powersports in Falls Church (you mentioned a dealer) they don't exactly have a great reputation for knowing what they're selling. To be fair, I have not used them personally. That _could_ be the genesis behind their odd comment on the decal issue...
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>if i do remove the sticker and there is no paint under it is there away to cover it up with out having to paint it?..[/quote]
Not that I know of. Worst case scenario, you'd have to take the bike to a paint shop so they could match it. Is your bike flat black or gloss? 'Cuz like I said, if it's flat black, that's simply the natural color of the plastic. If you look closely at the edges of the decals, how they're layered, etc, you should be able to tell what the "base" color is.
06-14-2003, 04:55 PM
I had the ghosting problem on the front fender of my new "02 falco when I removed the aprilia racing decal. I forgot what I used exactly but I seem to remember using a fine polish like scratch out or a plastic polish and it made it disappear. This was on a plastic matte finished part, don't know if it helps or not.
Demon N DC
06-14-2003, 05:20 PM
Rich, how did you know it was coleman!? :rolleyes:
yes you are right, they aren't the most experinced deal out
there, but there service, i can't judge that "yet" :)
the bike is Black as i ordered it the White and red
lines are all stickers however the front part which i want to
remove seems more attached to the paint than the rest of them! <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/grin.gif ALT=" >D">
what do you think, should i take my chances and remove it
or is there a better dealer up in MD or VA that can handle this
issue with more experince? to be honest i don't think they are
sure that there is no paint under that white sticker and
thats why i am asking for an advice :)
btw i found this on the web not sure if it will fit!
06-14-2003, 05:47 PM
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr> Rich, how did you know it was coleman!? [/quote]
Not hard - they're the only Aprilia dealers around here :D ... The nest nearest is (I think) in Baltimore, so you're stuck with Coleman for warranty work, etc.
That fairing you posted the link for will _not_ fit yours - there were some bodywork changes made for 2001 and later model years. Most of the changes were subtle, but I'm fairly sure the front fairing will not fit.
What do _I_ think? Hmmm, it's not my bike, but if it's brand-new, than there shouldn't be any UV degradation. I'd take my time, and then try peeling a small corner back on the decal, and look underneath, If it turns out to be screwy somehow, you can add a small spot of adhesive & re-secure the corner. Of course, if the decal is clear-coated on, that wouldn't help you.
You can call down to Frank Shockley in S.C. and ask him - he seems to be a fairly smart guy when it comes to Aprilia's (and where I get all my OEM stuff from) - www.touringsportbmw.com (http://www.touringsportbmw.com/sales/sales_index.html)
06-14-2003, 05:49 PM
Yes, it helps alot, actually - thanks!
I'm going to give it a try here in a few days on my sacrificial leftovers from my get-off, and if it works well, my front decals may get yanked off, also.
Demon N DC
06-14-2003, 05:49 PM
this is a link to a bike same as mine, you can see in it
the white frost sticker i was talking about.
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