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Number Plates in Paint? or Vinyl?

Getting ready to paint my plastics for the track and have to comply with the CCS rules for numbering plates. I was just curious, I have seen quite a few bikes with the plates painted on.

Can this be done just as well with yellow vinyl stickers for the number plates? Or is there really a big difference if I have the plastics painted with the extra layer of yellow paint?

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Most people have them painted on for ease of changing numbers if needed. The vinyl will work too, but the painted ones will give it a cleaner look IMO. The sheet vinyl will be harder to get to lay smooth on the curved surface where the numbers will be more forgiving.

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As long as your # has been assigned in all the organization you plan to ride with and you like it, I would paint. Application of the large vinyl #s over curved surfaces is difficult to do cleanly.

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If you plan to race make sure and have YELLOW number plates if you are just starting off. Mask off and paint.

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OK, so it sounds like the solution is to paint from pretty much all of you. Except of course.... YELLOW DUCT TAPE!! lol

Was just trying to avoid the hassle.

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OK, so it sounds like the solution is to paint from pretty much all of you. Except of course.... YELLOW DUCT TAPE!! lol

Was just trying to avoid the hassle.
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Painting has the big problem of taping all that to make the plate. That's a big hassle, at least with my tail section. If you do that, use good masking tape, not that indoor painting crap. I used that indoor stuff and it didn't stick when I took the part outside and it was a little windy.

Depending on the color of the tail section underneath the yellow paint, it might take a lot of coats. Mine still bled through after several coats, and the color underneath was WHITE.

If you can do the vinyl and make it look good, that method does LOOK sharper. Or, and Nick said, duct tape is ultra cheap, easy, and effective.

Slightly Always keep a roll of black electrical tape with you on race weekend. You may have to add an X to your number.

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While those number plates are paint, the rest is all vynal. I would still do vynal for number plates if I were to have painted the above fairings. But I got them with white number plates already painted on, so no one think Im a poser. Im just too lazy to change them. Its not like Im actually racing it.

Anyways, vynal doesnt take much work at all to look good. Plus its way easier and faster than paint. Prepping, masking, and the worry of runs, is all thrown out the window with vynal.

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from a painters point of view to save the customer money, and time and money when they scratch or crash repair.

painting is not the cheaper version.



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While those number plates are paint, the rest is all vynal. I would still do vynal for number plates if I were to have painted the above fairings. But I got them with white number plates already painted on, so no one think Im a poser. Im just too lazy to change them. Its not like Im actually racing it.

Anyways, vynal doesnt take much work at all to look good. Plus its way easier and faster than paint. Prepping, masking, and the worry of runs, is all thrown out the window with vynal.


I was going to say I hope you don't plan on racing that bike the way it is cuz the first thing they are going to tell you is to rip your #'s off on the front of the bike. No way they would let that pass through tech. Then I saw this and I had to edit my post. " Im just too lazy to change them. Its not like Im actually racing it. "
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Question: In the front end pic, is that your steering damper sticking out?

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I was going to say I hope you don't plan on racing that bike the way it is cuz the first thing they are going to tell you is to rip your #'s off on the front of the bike. No way they would let that pass through tech. Then I saw this and I had to edit my post. " Im just too lazy to change them. Its not like Im actually racing it. "
Newbie question, but what's wrong with the numbers on the front of the bike? I'm just trying to save myself from having to redo this too.
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They have to be straight across dont ask me how I know . The middle # is way lower than the other two.
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You have to put yourself in the corner workers and the tower workers position. If the #'s are even marginally unreadable they will not let you pass tech. And if for some reason you do pass tech and they notice it while you are racing they will Meat Ball flag you and you will be disqualified from the race.

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I was going to say I hope you don't plan on racing that bike the way it is cuz the first thing they are going to tell you is to rip your #'s off on the front of the bike. No way they would let that pass through tech. Then I saw this and I had to edit my post. " Im just too lazy to change them. Its not like Im actually racing it. "
Yeah, dont worry. If it were going to be raced, it would have yellow plates and would comply with all the rules for numbers and all that. My numbers are also not block print, and are in italics, so that doesnt work either.

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Question: In the front end pic, is that your steering damper sticking out?
Nope. I dont have the intake tubes on right now, so you can see the damper thru the hole in the fairing.

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VTEC... don't forget to put those intake tubes back in!
Yeah, I still have a bit of work to do to it. I just snapped the pic before it got dark out. I didnt get it all put back together in time for the pic.

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VTEC...is that 750 for sale?
Now thats just crazy talk. Its my street bike that will see the track a few times this year. I wouldn't sell it just yet. Maybe in a couple years, or maybe it will become a permanent track bike. Who knows what the future holds.

But anyways, the answer still is vynal. Way easier and cheaper.
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My number plates are painted, and I use vinyl numbers.

And remember to READ THE RULEBOOK for the racing org's in which you plan to run... "YELLOW" does NOT mean "fluorescent" or "neon" or whatever... it's PLAIN SCHOOL-BUS YELLOW.

And no serifs or fancy fonts for your numbers. If the girls in scoring or cornerworkers can't read 'em clearly, you will be asked to change 'em. And the race officials are the final say.

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The CCS tech at BHF (LCR school) made mention that if I were racing, I would have to change my "1" because it could be mistaken for a "7".

My number plates were blue painter's tape, and white brush on paint
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The CCS tech at BHF (LCR school) made mention that if I were racing, I would have to change my "1" because it could be mistaken for a "7".

My number plates were blue painter's tape, and white brush on paint

The cow paint job is cool!

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