Orange You Something Special?

Orange You Something Special?

We find a lot of inspiration for our e-bike builds by drooling over custom motorbikes. Here are a few photos of a bad ass BMW R80 built by Nigel Broughton featuring Roth Flake Tropi Cali Orange.  This orange is a staple in hot rod garages - and you can use it on your bike or other projects right out of a spray can!


Ed “Big Daddy’ Roth Roth was a key figure in Southern California’s kustom kulture and hot-rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.  In the mid-1960s Roth began customizing motorcycles. Mainstream motorcycle magazines refused to run his articles and ads, so he started his own publication called Choppers, which featured articles on extending forks, custom sissy bars, etc. It was a small, black and white publication that ran from 1967 to 1970, and was the first magazine ever to exclusively feature custom motorcycles, or choppers. 

Roth's legacy lives on today with a range of products including Roth metal flake paints. For e-bike customizers or anyone else, these brilliant paints are available in rattle cans that we proudly carry here!


Nigel built his R80 not just in homage to his hero but as he imagined Ed would have built the bike had he been around today.

The concept was for a low, fat bike that went quick but was comfortable to ride, the look had to be pure hot rod.  The ’79 donor received a /5 police-spec tank which was chosen for the huge area which it provided for paint. Roth Tropi Cali orange flake was the chosen coverage. It is a fabulous paint perfectly capturing the era, style and location of Roth’s work. 

Imagine what you could do with a large electric bike battery such as the Super73 S-2 or R series! Other bikes such as the Michael Blast Outsider, Monday Motorcycles, or Huck Cycles feature tank/battery covers just waiting for a delicious flake drenching!

The orange eye-juicing did not stop at the tank: a pair of 16 by 3 inch Morad rims received the Roth Tropi Cali Orange flake treatment before being laced to the BMW hubs with fat stainless spokes.  These were then shod with 16 inch 500 Avon Gangster white walls, perfect on this machine. The total effect is a beautiful orange creamsicle delight.




To create a truly "deep" flake job with rattle cans, we recommend that you use the classic process: Basecoat + Flake + Candy + clear coat. The beauty of this 4-part system is that you can mix up the colors to create something new! Learn more about the Roth Rattle Bomb System here If you are looking for a quick way to get beautiful Roth metallic sparkle in an orange color, the Twisted Tangerine All-In-One is your friend!




Attribution: Garth Charlton via The Bike Shed

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