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I bought my first HD (and my first bike with a fairing) last year, a 2021 Billiard Teal/Chrome Road Glide Special. Since I'm one of those guys who names his bikes and my mother's nickname was Ceil I've named her "Teal Ceil".

In Mom's memory I'd like to add the words "Teal Ceil" somewhere to the bike and since I don't wish to have her painted I've instead reached out to a local company that does car lettering and graphics. This way I can remove the lettering if I ever sell her or have it redone should anything happen to her.

I also have an old picture of Mom from her younger days. It's one of my favorites and I'm thinking of possibly putting it on somewhere on the bike as well.

Below is a quick-&-dirty initial mockup of a couple of proposed lettering ideas that they drew up for me, the picture I'm thinking of using and a side-view of Teal Ceil herself.

Vehicle Automotive lighting Automotive tire Blue Motor vehicle


Forehead Lip Eyebrow Eyelash Jaw


Tire Wheel Fuel tank Land vehicle Vehicle


Since I'm not up on where folks usually put lettering and graphics on bikes (especially on bikes with fairings), I'm reaching out to my fellow forum members for the following opinions and suggestions:

1) Possible locations for the lettering that y'all think might look good
2) Whether or not to also put Mom's photo somewhere on the bike and if so...
3) Where the photo(s) might look best

BTW, I should add that I'm open to the idea of going asymmetrical (one side of the bike only) or symmetrical (both sides of the bike) for both the lettering as well as the photo. I'm not locked into either.

Thanks for your feedback, greatly appreciated...

-Dave
 

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Everyone's artistic eye is different, but to me the samples shown are just too big and bold. In my mind, when you do it that large and put it on the most visible surface on the bike, it almost looks like you're advertising some product named "Teal Ceil". I have noticed that most custom bike shops, when they're putting personal memoriam to someone on a bike, they more often than not do it on the rear fender above the license plate and lights. Another place would be on the tank console if you have one that's appropriate for being painted or wrapped.

For my taste, I would skip the picture. I just think that family member pics are a little too personal for putting on any vehicle. I think the key here is to remember that whether you use the pic or not, and no matter what you decide to do on the lettering, the reality is that no one except you will understand (or care) what it means. If I were going to do that to memorialize someone, I'd do it fairly small and I'd put it where I would see it from the riding position - tank console or somewhere on the rearward facing portion of the fairing. But that's just me.

When all is said and done, it's your bike, and your memory, so do with it as you please.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Although I’m not sure which direction I’m going to go, your advice is sound and greatly appreciated.
 

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Derby covers are an option that provide a nice sized canvas for picture and/or messages. Here’s a link to a company that does this kind of work. They also do custom fuel doors too which might work for mom’s photo. I have no personal experience with these guys, but it’s on my list of upgrades for the future.

Custom Derby Covers
LOL...I had no idea what a derby was until I clicked on that link. Thanks for the suggestion...and the education!
 

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I like @RoadieWingZ' idea of having her picture done on the gas cap cover and they could also paint/print "Teal Ceil' across the bottom of the picture. It'll be a constant reminder for you that you dedicated this bike to your mom, it won't be that expensive to have done, and you can potentially move it from HD to HD if/when you get something new in several years. There are at least a couple of small businesses that specialize in doing those, and other covers on the motor.

Take your time to figure out your options. Once you put it on the bike you'll never take it off until you sell/trade the bike, so think it through and then be thrilled with the results.
Great suggestion, thank you!
 

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Alzheimer's just sucks, and I think it's harder on the people that are taking care of the individual, in my case it's my mom. As we get closer to the end, I myself find it harder and sadder, on side note, the good part of this to me, is the unconditional love still shown between us, and that's what keeps me going....( I am an only child,so no help from brothers or sisters)
Every time I hear the word Alzheimer's, I just cringe and can't help feeling sorrow, with this mean and cruel disease, there is no happy ending.....
Be strong and fight the good fight.

Christopher
Couldn't. Agree. More. Thanks for chiming in and for sharing.
 

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I LOVE this - the personalization on the saddlebag reflectors (my hubby would love this - he’s a Marine, as well).

To OP, it’s definitely subjective on best placement for such a sweet dedication to your Mom. Personally, I’m a fan of above. Looks nice and clean.
Yeah, that's one I definitely hadn't thought of. Thank you! :)
 

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Just my opinion, but that photo of your mom is way to hot for a mom photo. We were going through my mom's photos to pick out one for her obituary and wake and went with a photo of her in middle age and looking like a mom and wife.

We came across photos of her in her late teens and early 20s and I will admit that this is the first time I saw her as a beautiful woman and not just my mom.

I think the photo you show is more appropriate for a wife than a mother.

If that is how you remember your mother then how about laminating it and putting it on the inside of the shield where it mounts to the bike so you can glance at mom.

Or you could do the 1940s pinup theme with the script on the tank or side of the fairing with the photo in paint like the aeroplanes.
Thanks for taking the time to weigh in and for your suggestions. I get where you're coming from regarding the picture and will definitely think it over. Much obliged!
 

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So many great ideas and suggestions. Your mother must have been awesome for you to want to remember her like this. Keep in mind that teal is the color for ovarian cancer. People may get the wrong idea, even though your bike is teal. I almost bought a teal Road Glide and/ or a teal Jeep Wrangler in honor of my late wife that passed from ovarian cancer. Just didn't need the constant reminders.
Agreed. That's one of the reasons forums like these are so valuable. Thanks for the kind words, BTW. Yeah, Mom was definitely one in a million. My sister and I couldn't have had a better mother or example of how to treat people. I had no idea about teal being the color of ovarian cancer and my condolences for your loss, truly. In my opinion the highest honor we can pay those whom we've loved and lost is to keep them in our hearts and to behave in ways that we feel would make them proud.
 
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