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Saturday, October 15, 2005

HOG Column #3: Top Ten Reasons to Get Some Custom Paint on Your Motorcycle

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Ask Letterfly column #3

Sure, the delicate pinline designs, airbrushed depictions of surreal landscapes, tempting seductresses, frightening demons, flames of all kinds, intricate designs, the small cartoon images that hint about the personality of the owner and the lettered messages all add to the motorcycle experience but have you ever wondered why? Why get some personalized custom paint? I often ask such questions while I am painting at a motorcycle rally for one of my biker clients. I want to know about the aspect of my customer that wants to stand out and be noticed. The result of my inquiry has been hundreds of answers of which were entered into a special computer program that sorted them out and arranged them into a logical sequence on this list. For anyone considering custom paint for their bike, please enjoy.

to get some custom paint on your motorcycle:

10) Passing truckers suddenly display their more feminine side.

9) Friendly waves from four wheelers now involve more than one finger.

8) State Troopers stare at your custom paint and not their radar.

7) Visits to the Harley dealer no longer result in you driving off with the wrong bike.

6) Wal-Mart gives you a percentage from the concessions they sell to the crowd gathered in the parking lot admiring your highly decorated motorcycle.

5) Your children no longer look at you as old fogey but dream of the day when they will inherit your scoot.

4) You hear words from the motorists containing more than four letters.

3) You don’t worry about losing weight for your high school reunion … You just show up with your motorcycle.

2) People actually fight to get behind you in the Granny lane.

... and the number one reason to get some custom paint on your motorcycle ...

1) You might get invited to appear on David Letterman!

Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer is a nationally-known artist who specializes in the many facets of motorcycle custom paint and decor including airbrush murals, pinstripe design, and more. During much of the year, he can be found at his home base near Tampa, Florida, where he is Artist-in-Residence at the largest RV dealership in the world, or in his art studio where he is available to work on your projects. During the rest of the year, he travels to customer locations and HOG events around the country. For more information about the artist known as Letterfly, please visit his web page, If you have a question that you would like to see answered in a future "Ask Letterfly" column, please e-mail it to Dave.

These Ask Letterfly columns were created for Harley-Davidson dealers and HOG chapter members who need material to include in their HOG newsletters. Editors who would like to enlighten and educate their readership are encouraged to utilize this ongoing service, which is blogged at The articles are written and provided by the artist Letterfly, known for high quality custom paint, airbrushed murals and motorcycle pinstriping in the Tampa area and throughout the country. This column is a forum to provide answers to the many paint related questions that Dave hears while attending and painting at Bike rallies across the country and which he receives by e-mail.

Motorcycle aficionados, custom painters or anyone with a paint related question can Ask Letterfly by clicking the COMMENTS link below this message or just click here.

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Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer
Tampa, Florida, USA

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