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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Feb 4th, 2009, 11:02 am Thread Starter
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K1300GT color of the vent on the fairing

I've put my order in for a 09 KGT in Magnesium Beige Metallic. They had paint samples and when I compared it to the the Sand Beige Metallic of a 2008 RT the GT's color seemed very silver in comparison.

I think the vent looks a bit ugly and would like to tone it down a bit.

I was wondering if anyone has seen the blue 09KGT (with the siver vent) and was able to compare that vent color to the Magnesium Beige Metallic.

Or, how could I find this out (i.e. color specs for all 09 models)
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Here is a closer look at the blue, and the beige you ordered.
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I've put my order in for a 09 KGT in Magnesium Beige Metallic. They had paint samples and when I compared it to the the Sand Beige Metallic of a 2008 RT the GT's color seemed very silver in comparison.

I think the vent looks a bit ugly and would like to tone it down a bit.
I don't think there is any way to tone down that damn vent. But on a positive note, yesterday I saw the '09 GT in Mag Beige at Foothills BMW in the Denver area....it looks very good!

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You could always snap it out and throw it away in the nearest trash can and do somthing custom.....That thing would drive me nuts every time i turned around to look at my bike...It has no place on anything bulit by humans...well maybe a 50s DeSoto
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Do you guys think the vent is strictly styling, or does it have some aerodynamic value. I mean we all have read other guys complaining about the GT in side winds, do you think the vent somehow addresses that issue. I for one don't see how such a small vent would help.

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I think the vents look way too big on the fairings. If there is no performance advantage BMW needs to get rid of them or make them smaller.

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I don't think the overall shape of the vents are terrible (even if they are a little too big), but the bright silver vents on the darker colors do stand out too much. You used to be able to specify the side panel colors on the GT when ordering so you could get the dark panels on a dark bike or light on a light bike, but that's not an option on the '09's.

Maybe we'll just see more swapping of colored parts like a few folks here have done already.

I do like the darkened the swing arm and final drive, but I'm still wondering why they left the passenger foot peg brackets that bright silver? They really stand out now, when they could have blended right in.

Oh well, they don't ask us for our color opinions ahead of time, so we're left to pick from whatever they happen to offer us.

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I do think that the closer you get that "vent" to match the bike's color the better off you are. It is Too big and really shows on that blue bike being silver. It doesn't look like there is a big enough opening around the emblem to make much of a difference cooling wise... I remember having a brown motorcycle once in the early eighties and it did look quite nice and I mean dark brown. I think it was a '84 Yamaha 500 Twin DOHC. Now I remember having a brown bike even before that one. 1972 Yamaha R5C 350 in what was called "beer can brown" by a few bike magazines back in the time. But I digress... I wasn't thrilled with the color of the 1300 at first but I'm beginning to appreciate it more over time. Good luck with it. We will all be anxious to see how these bikes have improved over the 1200s.

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...well maybe a 50s DeSoto
Yeah lets all put Buick portholes on our fairings in protest!
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