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Harley Template?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by Flyspec14, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Flyspec14

    Flyspec14 New Member

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    I know this a stretch, but has anyone ever found a template for an HD ElectraGlide? We are doing a full wrap on one and I am trying to avoid tracing it. I am willing to pay $$$ for it.

    There is alot of fiberglass on this thing to cover, it's going to likely suck, but should look cool when finished.

    Thanks for ANY help or advice.

    :U Rock:
     
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  2. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Most Harley owners I know would not let anyone wrap one! They are usually painted!
     
  3. mark in tx

    mark in tx Very Active Member

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    Pretty sure you're gonna have to do it the hard way.
     
  4. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    A wrap is the perfect way to customize them. Most guys buying them now aren't keeping them but a few years. A $2000 paint job that looks cool to you won't look cool to everybody. Your personal tastes can lower your resale value tremendously. Wrap the thing, it looks cool to all but a handful of purists (who have completely bought in to Harley's branding efforts), then when you go to sell it you strip the wrap to reveal pristine paint underneath.
     
  5. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Couldn't have said it better myself Pat!
     
  6. Mason

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    As a harley guy, youre gonna have to do it the hard way. Depending on what year it is, what you may believe is fiberglass, may in fact be ABS. If you drop it, it Will break.
     
  7. Flyspec14

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    Thanks for the responses. I think i will just have to sit down tomorrow and start tracing.

    Mason, thanks for the heads up on the ABS. I'm going to try not removing parts as much as possible.

    I've been told by a few customers of $8,000 bike paint jobs. That kind of money can buy alot of art time!
     
  8. artsnletters

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    I think it's more than just tracing....it's a lot of measuring. A rounded contour Harley gas tank is going to use a lot more vinyl to go around than it looks. Fairing should be easy. Saddlebags not so much...just measure twice, or three times and cut/print once. To me wraps are a great advertising medium...not a cheap replacement for custom paint. To each his/her own.

    My paint materials cost may approach your $2000 quote...I painted for my tastes and wanted something different....resale value wasn't even considered.

    Call me a purist but i hate the idea of a wrapped Harley- it has nothing to do with buying into the branding hype. I think the only place my bike says Harley is the inserts in my brake caliper, other than the sound. Then again, i painted/re-built my own bike...
    Tim
     

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  9. Stealth Ryder

    Stealth Ryder Very Active Member

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    Very Good Advise Pat, very good Sir!!!
     
  10. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    whoops/
     
  11. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    Don't get me wrong, there's a place for that and it's an artform in itself. I've seen some unbelievable work on bikes.

    For your average doctor/lawyer/banker weekend rider who puts 1000 miles a year on a bike and never rides more than 50 miles in a day "customizing" means buying saddlebags and if they really go wild they'll put leather tassels on the grips.
     
  12. The Equipment Guy

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    I would consider wrapping mine. Once you have the templates down, let me know what you would consider selling a copy for.

    There was a time when nobody would paint them green either...

    Any of you bike guys on HTT?

    Craig
     
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  13. PGSigns

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    You really need to take a good look at that bike before you jump into a design. First what year is it and is it a classic or an ultra? An ultra will have a lot more stuff that you will have to remove to be able to wrap it. Buy a manual for the bike so you can get everything off of it the correct way. Make sure your design does not need to wrap the dash they take for ever to get apart and the texture is not good for vinyl. And for the finishing touch any of you bagger guys need a custom engraved windshield? I am doing them now on the router. www.baggerwindshields.com
    Jimmy
     
  14. Flyspec14

    Flyspec14 New Member

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    This wrap can by no means compete with a paint job. In my opinion the two aren't even too comparable.

    This is a personal bike of a SSgt. in the service. It's temporary for summer charity rides and such.

    Luckily camo can really cover up overlaps nicely ;)
     
  15. artsnletters

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    sounds like you have the perfect situation...camo can hide a multitude of sins. Perfect app for a wrap....
    Tim
     
  16. The Equipment Guy

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    Hmmm, hiding sins with Camo...would throwing camo on my '80 El Camino be a little too over the top Redneck wise?

    Not that wrapping a soldiers bike with camo for events is a bad idea, I just had that thought of my car in my head and chuckled (Or was it chucked...not sure)

    The Harley Template idea is cool, please, nobody send me an El Camino template, lol!

    Craig
     
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  17. Patrick46

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    What's HTT???
     
  18. grafixemporium

    grafixemporium Very Active Member

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    We did a fully dressed Harley street glide... fairing, fenders, tank, hard bags, side covers. It was a major pain in the arse. We used 180cv3. If I do another one, I might try 380c to see how well it handles the curves. Oh... and if I ever do another one, the price will be double :)

    To answer your question, I think you have no choice but to trace it out. Especially if you have graphics that need to land in specific places.

    good luck!
     
  19. The Equipment Guy

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    www.Harleytechtalk.org

    Its a huge forum group of Harley guys, dedicated to tech help. My other hideout.

    Craig
     
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