Eddie, you could always incorperate the MEV logo into the pin striping. It would be a subtle touch. Pin striping isn't just lines any more. There is a whole new design set now, from barbed wire to fishing poles, what ever strikes your imagination a good striper can incorporate it in the design.... even sailboats and airplanes.
I finally got my pin striping done. It was done by someone that just graduated High School. He had been doing it for about two years and I met him at a car show when about 40 pin stripers were doing a demo. I gave him some insight on what I was thinking about but that was about it. When I came back the next day to pick the trike up this was what he came up with.
I am pretty happy about how it came out considering is was pretty cheap even with the tip I gave him.
I am pretty sure this is about it for this project. I hope I helped some of you with some ideas when doing the build.
Edward.. are you front tires directional tread?? if so you need to swap them left to right..right to left.so the V hits pavement first and throws the water out the side groves. you have the groves hitting first forcing water to the center of the tread..
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Assumption: the front tyre is designed to be used on a two wheeled bike or scooter. If this is the case, read on.
I'm no biker, nor am I an engineer, but I can see the logic of having a tread pattern that is at its most effective in removing water when the bike is leaned over while cornering, pushing water to what in an upright position would be the middle of the tyre.
I see it as a compromise allowing the tyre to operate at its minimum efficacy in the rain in the vertcal position, i.e. while travelling in a straight line where shifting water is less critical.
In the Eco-Exo the tyres do not have to make this compromise so you should either swap sides or find a tyre designed for vertical use, as in a car.
I reckon a chat with a major tyre supplier might help.
Addendum: I have emailed James Bailey at motorsport.dunlop.eu for advice; I hope he replies.
That I know of, there are NO/NONE/ZERO car tires that will fit the front wheels of a Burgman 400. Burgman 650 yes there are a few 145/65 15 out there.
If the next generation of Eco-EXO's do come out, PLEASEdo not use motorcycle front wheels! There are 1000's of lightweight car rims that would work and then you can run a flat tread car tire (tyre) for more grip. A flat profile tire will make a trike more stable. It will not want to roll up on the sidewall like a Motorcycle tire is designed to do.
All three tires on a trike should be flat profile tread but only the 2008 and up Burgman 400 has a car tire that will fit the rear.
These are just my opinions. I have no dog in this dog fight. But I have been around motorcycles for 45+ years and do run a "Mud and Snow" CAR tire on the back of my two wheel Burgman 650, have since 2006 and over 130,000 miles. And also on my Goldwings too.
On two wheels now, one is a car tire. Looking for a 2F1R trike.
I am poor, please do not ask me for money or tools. I will ride 100 miles to help for a beer and sandwich.
I am running the same type of tread on my tires as Edward (not the same brand though). I had my last set of tires installed with the point of the tread pattern hitting the pavement first. The tire was rotating backward. I will admit, it was not by design, but by accident this happened. The tires showed normal flat use wear, I didn't notice any ill effect or signs of danger by having them on reverse rotation. The new tires...(Bridgestone Hoop) are the same as the ones I removed. This set is installed as it would be on a scooter, rotating with the arrow. I cannot tell the difference. I minimize riding in the rain, but realize the UK has enough wet riding days to warrant every precaution for safe motoring, including thinking out of the box when it comes to the best means to adapt tire rotation to compensate for environmental extremes. I am of a mind to think there is really no real wrong way to install them. I will see what happens at the end of my riding season. I might be pursueded to change my thinking if my handling characteristics have taken a turn for the worse after a few wet riding days. We'll see. Ride safe guys.....