Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: West Of The Mississippi
The body panels are made of ABS. The tank skin is a modified plastic of which I am not positive but I think its PVC based.
The '00-'01 definitely used a three stage paint - base (metallic silver on red/silver, gold on green), opaque color tint, and a clear coat. This makes them extremely difficult to repair and make look right.
The later models (PMB, CSR) I suspect use a two stage paint - base/color and clear coat.
I don't own a '02-04 but I can pretty much guarantee you the tank skin is clear coated. I know the '00 is.
Generally the easiest way to tell ABS from PVC is ABS is pretty rigid while PVC (and modified PVC's) are flexible. If you have a late model car or truck with plastic bumper jackets, that material is very similar to the tank skin on the zx-12r.
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