OK, now…the paint. Gerioux had an idea about the type of paint scheme he wanted for his new Classic. So he went to Cycle-Delics to see about bringing that concept to life. Well, Rio at Cycle-Delics liked what he heard but thought it should go further. He and Gerioux refined the plan to the end-product you see here. Once the metalwork was finished, a base coat of rosy purplene chromeillusion was applied to the entire bike—including the chassis components previously mentioned. Over the base color, “flip-flop” paint causes the colors to change over a range of eight different hues—from gold, in low-angle sunset light, to a strikingly rich purple. Now you know where the name Chameleon came from. But wait, there’s more…. Scalloped graphics in colors that are complementary to the prism paint grace the fenders, tank and side covers to tie the whole effect together. Everything was then protected and given the coveted “wet look” with multiple clear coats.
Both Gerioux and Rio stress that Chameleon was the product of a team effort. Rio performed the design, fabrication and welding, and his partners Mike Calderone and Tom Finley crafted the paint and custom wiring harness, respectively. John-John handled the molding.