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I feel like the plain side panels on the plain tank look pretty ho-hum. There's a lot that can be done to spice it up.

I did actually look at the Thailand flag because that's the sort of cynical person I am. It's red, white, and blue, but has horizontal stripes which doesn't work well for this application :)
 

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Imagination is really the only barrier to making the side panels look cool. If you know how to paint or draw, you could do something really unique with them, and even if you have more basic skills there is plenty you can do yourself.

I like the general concept of this, but since I don't live in Italy I am not sure if I would choose to display the country's colors so boldly. How about a nice maple leaf for Canada instead?
 

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I'd get beat up running around with a Canadian flag in the rural midwest USA.

The one disappointing thing about the whole concept of these side panels is that removing the stuck-on badges isn't easy or quick and requires destroying the adhesive. They did NOT design them to be easily quick changed (ie: you keep on hand side panels based on the mood you're in or a nice set and an off-road set.)

Honestly I'm thinking of teaching myself 3D printing in order to make custom badges and having them mount to the side panel with small bolts so that everything is quick-change.

I don't get why they sold the bike as being so easy to customize when it's no different from any other motorcycle in regards to the seat, gas tank, fenders, etc...
 

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I'd get beat up running around with a Canadian flag in the rural midwest USA.

The one disappointing thing about the whole concept of these side panels is that removing the stuck-on badges isn't easy or quick and requires destroying the adhesive. They did NOT design them to be easily quick changed (ie: you keep on hand side panels based on the mood you're in or a nice set and an off-road set.)

Honestly I'm thinking of teaching myself 3D printing in order to make custom badges and having them mount to the side panel with small bolts so that everything is quick-change.

I don't get why they sold the bike as being so easy to customize when it's no different from any other motorcycle in regards to the seat, gas tank, fenders, etc...
Silverlux, I´ve been asking myself the same question. It is not easy at all interchanging panels.... that would be great, as you say, to be able to change the panels depending on your morning mood...
Basic concept for a motorcycle that is being sold as customization frenzy.
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I'd get beat up running around with a Canadian flag in the rural midwest USA.

The one disappointing thing about the whole concept of these side panels is that removing the stuck-on badges isn't easy or quick and requires destroying the adhesive. They did NOT design them to be easily quick changed (ie: you keep on hand side panels based on the mood you're in or a nice set and an off-road set.)

Honestly I'm thinking of teaching myself 3D printing in order to make custom badges and having them mount to the side panel with small bolts so that everything is quick-change.

I don't get why they sold the bike as being so easy to customize when it's no different from any other motorcycle in regards to the seat, gas tank, fenders, etc...
You're right the badges were a PITA to remove, they aren't designed to come off easily! I have had my side panels powder coated black, and taking off the badges was a real pain. I am wondering the best way to re-attach them - using glue will mean the same hassle if I want to remove the panels at a later date, so am thinking about something like velcro or double sided sticky foam. Although it will mean if they are easy to remove, they are also easy to steal! :rolleyes:
 

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I do leatherworking as a hobby and cold probably whip up something that looks just like that, but I feel like the sun and future rain (even though I try not to ride in rain) could maybe ruin that party.

Then again my Corbin seat is leather, so if I can find leather that is treated properly, I can make those side panels. What we're seeing there in the photos is most likely brown vinyl with simulated leather grain. What kind of blows about wrapping in leather is that you still have to punch a screw hole to get the panel to stay on unless we can develop a pop-off system of some sort. Ideally, the panels would just securely pop on and pop off under pressure.

Seeing the Scrambler in person, I basically want to ditch the OEM badges for the Icon and just use a small 3D sticker over the screws like so:



Then I want to take them to an auto shop and have them done in a durable finish or some sort. Flat black done right would probably look nice.
 

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I was wondering how they were going to make the side panels "interchangeable" but I guess they didn't. Was worried about theft in big cities like Toronto if they were easy to swap. Aftermarket may come up with some quick change system perhaps?
 

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Everything about the side panels is more durable than I had dreamt up in my head. The aluminum they're pressed from is about 2x as thick as I assumed it would be. Now that I see they're simply raw aluminum, I kind of like them enough to not want to paint them black or gray. The emblems on the Icon are also aluminum and are hollow. They're nicer than plastic, but probably also pretty easy to screw up. Mostly in getting the adhesive out of them to reuse them. I removed my front reflectors off of the forks and it took me forever to get the adhesive removed from the aluminum forks. It must be some sort of super secret 3M adhesive. I had no trouble whatsoever sawing the reflector adhesive off of the bike with fishing line though, so I imagine the side panel badges are also easy to get off the same way, but it's a different type of adhesive. Gray vs white. Gray is probably denser foam. So they are definitely theft resistant. There's all sorts of other stuff on the bike that'd be easier to remove if you had an allen wrench :)
 

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It looks like vinyl to me more than leather. Now that I have the scrambler here, it'd be easy to pattern them and cover them like this with vinyl (or upholstery leather.) The panels sit about 1/4" out from the tank so fitment of something with a bit of thickness to it is no problem to get the panel back into place.

I wouldn't want upholstery leather out in the sun and rain, so I'd be using marine vinyl if it was my project. They must have glued the badges over the access holes to put the panel back on. They may have even glued the vinyl to the panel to keep it from stretching over time.
 
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