I was done with the modifications to the Ninja 250, then a jealous act of vandalism marred the black fuel tank with an ugly scar. I can never understand what would make people so jealous that they would whip out a key or coin to scratch a brand new vehicle that has done them no harm. My bike was hardly 4 months old!
So with a trip to the Paint Extreme workshop, where the tank was repainted and decaled with a Kamen Rider logo 仮面ライダー, the Black Widow was born.
Upper Peirce Reservoir is a great place to take such photos. When the monkeys aren’t trying to raid your bag for food and trinkets,that is.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Kamen Rider series – especially the very first in the 1970s – and when the tank was scratched badly, I saw this as an opportunity to redo the tank just like those you see in Japanese action shows and toys. It wasn’t difficult choosing the hue of red either 🙂
The Kamen Rider logo 仮面ライダーwas extracted from the latest Bandai boxart for Kamen Rider 1, and I did a bit of perspective tweaking in Photoshop. The decal was laid onto the repainted fuel tank and varnished over, making it permanent and slightly bevelled for a professional look.
I’m still very happy with the way the red nuts and bolts provide a contrast against the overall black scheme.
The original stock exhaust on the Ninja was starting to rust just after a few months. This new Yoshimura exhaust eliminates the rust issue and adds a whole load of style and “musical tone” to the bike.
The Black Widow – rear left perspective