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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:42 am 
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Tops! Can't beat a splatter Explosif. 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:25 am 
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Superb, the first ever Explosif beautifully preserved. The moment I saw that bike for sale, I thought that's a bike for Hilts.

The paint job is just right, cool and elegant, but still with enough drama for a bike called Explosif!


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Took some better photos in the sun today.....

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love it, cant wait to get my '89 lavadome built up


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:28 am 
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doctor-bond wrote:
One of the few problems I have with late 80's bikes is that the paint jobs can be hard to live with - but this is spot on.


The 88/89 spatter Konas are some of the coolest paint jobs ever in my humble opinion, especially the pistachio and yellow spatter Explosif.
The paint (Dupont Imron I believe, but I'm almost certainly wrong..) holds up well over time too. I own one of these '88 Explosifs and I've used it hard for the last 20 years - the paintwork still looks amazingly good considering.

It has even seen life as a singlespeed ( Oh no :shock:) but will probably be 1x7 soon. The thing is - I think that nice frames (like this) deserve to be built up in a way that lets them get used and enjoyed the most, which is why I'm no retro purist and never have any "garage queens" either.


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I'm no kona fanboy :xmas-big-grin: but that is very nice :D


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Would love one of these....they are so beautiful!! Happy with my 88' Cindercone, but it's not the Explosif is it......

The paint was listed as "Most Dupont Imron" if i remember... :)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:59 pm 
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Lovely Hilts, it'd almost certainly win Pistachio BOTM :P


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