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  1. #1
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    I'm restoring the side cases on my '95 GPZ1100. The will be repainted to exact oem colors, but they also have mini GPZ decals on them that I can't even find a part number for.
    I want to reproduce them EXACTLY to at least factory standards, or better. They are kinda complicated with the GPZ changing colors in the middle of the letters, and also have some reflective metallic in them. They look like miniature replicas of the big GPZ decals on the lower fairings.
    I will order at least four, maybe more. I have no problem shipping the decal company my luggage, so they can get an exact match.

    Again, I know these are multi-colored and reflective, and that a lot of places don't have the ability to reproduce them.

    So, who's the best?

    p.s. Does anyone know the part number for these "red" 1995 decals? Does anybody have one or two they'd part with?

    As always, thanks in advance for any and all info.

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    2009 Hooligan of the year
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Why are you limiting yourself to companies in the USA? There are many excellent restoration outfits in Europe. You may actually have better luck looking across the pond. That's where Giannis lives.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Mostly because of shipping costs. I want to ship one of the pieces of luggage so they can see the original in person and do whatever they need to copy the original size and match up the colors exactly.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    You are welcome to ship it to me and I will then ship it to you minus the huge bill let me know
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    56051A 56051-1262 MARK,LWR COWLING,GPZ 2
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    When I restored my H1, I used these guys out of Canada.

    https://www.diablocycle.com/Name:  IMG_1312.JPG
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMamba View Post
    56051A 56051-1262 MARK,LWR COWLING,GPZ 2
    Hey GreenMamba, I appreciate it, but the decals go on the luggage. These were Kawasaki accessories, and they don't even show up on the fiche. That's why I can't find a part number for them . Thanks anyway.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Ah ok I was trying to make sense of where exactly they went I will go get my board and and go for a surf
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Were yours made by Hepco & Becker?
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    They are a "Genuine" Kawasaki Accessory... That being said, we all know that most bike manufacturers sub-out much of their clothing lines, chemicals and accessories. So, in short.... maybe

    I will try to post a pic of them in the next couple of days.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Have you tried the local decal and vinyl wrap shops, with modern CAD and vinyl color printers there's a lot of different possibilities, IAC they may point you in the right direction !!

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    So, I will be repainting these 1995 Red. The bags match the 1996 Black. The decal size and shape are identical, but the colors are different. I have a spare side fairing from the bike that has the big GPZ decal on the side. This is a perfect match colorwise. Just gotta find the right guy.

  14. #14
    Two wheeled FREAK
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    The black bags might not look too bad on the red bike...

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Any good decal shop can scan and make that decal, NP.
    Look what they can do on cars with color changing vinyl, etc.
    Some people diy stuff like that with home equipment, technology has advanced 20 years since those bags/decals where made.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    I have contacted two decal repro companies and will wait for a reply. I have no idea what their reputations are, or the quality of their product. That's why I was asking for help. Was hoping that someone here had used a company in the US that they were really happy with.
    Would prefer a business versus an "at home" set-up, just due to the quality of reproduction I'm looking for. I would assume that the top notch repro machines are quite expensive and not really for home use.... not that I'd really know.
    I got these bags so inexpensively that I don't mind repainting them and/or ponying up for top quality decals. Thanks

  18. #18
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    One of the best scale RC model decal makers is actually a very small home operation, check their process page it will give you a idea of what they can make, wich would be similar to what you can get from a good shop, don't know if they would make yours thou.

    https://callie-graphics.com/

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    ZX11cams,pistons
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    Cam degree 105 int.,107 exh.
    Fact. 1.0 w/Ti.,108 MJ
    Airbox w/ K+N
    Full Akro
    OEM ign. +5 Adv
    Dyno 131.7 HP/80.4 TQ.
    Ohlins RS, Race tech fork
    Fork brace+Steering damper




    "TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" IS EASY, RETURNING IS THE REAL CHALLENGE.

    " WHEN YOU OWN A CHINESE PRODUCT, ALL CHINESE SPARE PARTS ARE OEM QUALITY "

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Have BD paint them . He can reproduce those with paint.
    #1212

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Interesting... Jacy at FastDecals.com says that they can make me very good reproduction decals, but that Digital Printing doesn't make for an exact match.

    They won't be perfect because "factory" decals are typically Screen Printed.

    So, I guess I'm looking for a top-quality screen printed decal maker. Anybody know of one?

  21. #21
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    I have the exact same bike and those decals are metallic so good luck finding a place to make the exact stuff.. i have the files but this decals u want is printed with metallic inks.

    i make decals but sadly not OEM style stuff....

  22. #22
    Two wheeled FREAK
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    Friend of mine does amazing screen printing. I can ask if he’d give it a go. Having the file would be a big help also


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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    I'm in! Steve, you know I'm a bit of a kooky perfectionist, so let's give this guy a holler. If he lives close by, I can bring him the side cases and fairing, so I can get an exact match. If not, I'll ship them to him. I actually want to make decals for the '95 Red and the '96 Black...just because

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Who is "THE BEST" reproduction decal company in the USA?

    I use Callie Graphics for my airplane.stuff. she did the graphics on the CAP in my avatar.
    She does custom stuff to.a.tee. https://callie-graphics.com/
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