Foam backing


 

When considering whether or not a panel is worth repairing you need to take a number of things into account: Paint, decals, age and in some cases the foam backing.

 

foamback-panelSome manufacturers stick foam to the back of their side panels to stop the engine/frame 

 

work rubbing against the back of the faring. It also stops any knocking noises and vibration while the bike is being ridden. When a panel sustains damage resulting in a crack or breakage or both, it does not always transfer to the foam behind. Even if it has not, the foam needs to be removed to do a repair. Where plastic welding is used the heat from the machine will melt the foam giving of a noxious gas. In most cases we can separate the foam in one piece from the plastic panel. So it can be reattached after the repair is compete, there by saving the cost of new foam for the customer.

There are some situations where it can not be removed in one piece. Foam, like plastic, deteriorates with age but at a faster rate. There are two types of foam backing – open cell and sealed. The former gets impregnated with road dirt, oil etc, this helps to degrade the backing more quickly turning it to dust, making it impossible to remove in some cases. Because the later is sealed it repels most of the detritus thrown up from the road and stops oil soaking into it. This increases the life of the foam, therefore making it a better candidate for removal when a repair is needed. The sealing helps to keep it in one piece making it easier to remove.

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The pictures show.

Thunder cat side panel. One with the foam mat partly removed.

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GSX 750 Katana Pop up head light plastic renovation.


 

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Even though plastic welding has been around since the seventies it is still surprising when a faring from that era comes in, how much fibre glass has been used to patch up the damaged areas. We were asked if it was possible to repair the plastic panel on a GSX 750 Katana the one with the pop up head light.

From what I have already said you would have gathered that these panels were in a bit of a state. Of all the farings that turned up it was the left and right side nose panels gsxrepairmissingglass

( the nose cone in this case is divided into three section two sides and a Bezel that fitted around the pop up head light) that presented the biggest challenge. The customer wisely turned up with two panels for each side. The problem was to work out how much of each panel was the original plastic and which pair had the least fibre glass holding it together.

Fortunately the headlight bezel only had a cross shape lug missing. In itself not a difficult repair

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 but time consuming to reproduce. All the side panels were heavily damaged where the side mirrors would be mounted. One of which had a big bit missing.

The first thing that needed to be done was to get rid of the large quantity of fibre glass from the damaged areas. 

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Once it had been ground off the outside of the panel. The stuff caked over the inside was gently persuaded to leave home, coming away in one piece. Almost leaving it clean enough to weld. It just go’s to show if it had not been fibre glass both sides it would have fallen out ages ago.

The one thing plastic welding does not like is contamination of any kind. Which meant we had to remove as much of the residue as possible to be sure it would repair properly.

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Once that was done new plastic was cut into shapes to replace all the missing bits. Because alot of the damage was concentrated in one place we had to be careful about over heating. By phasing the repair it would keep the heat shrink to a minimum, making for a better repair over all. You also have to take into account when renovating old plastic it has a tendency to get very brittle. A way round it is to temper the area with some heat before you start welding it together. This also helps to drive out any water that the plastic has soaked up over the years. This leads to a stronger weld and a satisfied customer.

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Bumper Repair.


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Two pack urethane repair material.

Not all the plastic that turns up at our door can be repaired by gas welding. Dare I say it that we have to resort to two pack bonding don’t get me wrong it is a good repair but 90 seconds to apply the adhesive is not on some occasions  enough time to get the job done.

Plastic in the cold


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Welcome to a freezing start to the new year.
 
This weather has implications for automotive plastic ( farings, bumpers, etc,etc ). Plastic looses its elastic properties when the temperature drops making it hard and brittle but this does depend on the plastic material used.
 
There are two main categories of plastic hard and soft. Hard plastics like ABS  used  in motor bike farings, can become very brittle and break easily. Soft materials like Polyprop , being more flexible , will not crack so easily but will show signs of stress in the cold.
 
With the weather as cold as it is, it means that any damage your plastic receives will be twice as bad. So take a bit more care around that bike stored in the garage.
 

Paid market research for the right bikers


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Get paid for giving your views and opinions on new motorbikes and accessories!

£100 – £125

VisionBee, a dynamic research company are conducting some research and development for a famous motorbike manufacturer.

We are currently looking for riders of adventure touring bikes which were bought from new since 2013, to give their views and opinions on future generation bikes and accessories. The bikes we are looking for are:

Yamaha
MV
KTM
BMW
Honda

This will be held in London for around 2.5 hours on Friday 17th or Saturday 18th June. Those who qualify and take part will be paid £100 to £125 for their time, which includes travel expenses.

If your motorcycle fits the criteria and you fancy being part of this, contact Simon on info@visionbee.co.uk letting him know which model you own, the year you bought your bike, your name, your age along with your telephone contact details. If you cannot make this date or you do not have an adventure bike, do not worry as there are another few projects coming up over the year. Send me your details and I’ll contact you when other projects come along.

Thanks

Simon

For information about Ace Cafe London or what’s on, check out: www.ace-cafe-london.com

The big clear out.


Check out the web sites items for sale page. We are having a big clear out of old farings. It it a mix of manufactures, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki. We need he space so they are priced faringcollectionto sell.

It is no good leaving them on the shelf gathering dust. It is time to put them back on there respective bikes and back on the road.

Some have been posted already with some more to come, when we have the time. They are not all completely repaired but in good condition. There is a description on what is left to finish the panel off, so there are no surprises.

Ace Cafe London Stunt Festival & Streetfighter Show, Wembley Park 2015. Update


 

UPDATE!

Ace Cafe London Stunt Festival & Streetfighter Show, Wembley Park 2015

stuntfestEnter your Streetfighter in the Streetfighter Magazine Show Up n’ Shine competition (see details below)

Ace Cafe London returns to the world famous and iconic Wembley Park Complex for the 6th annual Stunt Festival & Streetfighter Show, featuring the world renowned Stunt Bike Open Freestyle Championship Finals, to be held throughout the day from 10am Sunday 26th July.

In addition to trade and industry stands and displays, the Carole Nash Grandstand, this increasingly popular annual event combines the cafe’s legendary Streetfighter Sunday, as well as showcasing the dramatic live action finals of the stunt competition, with stunt riders from across Europe and beyond taking part and competing in the “Metzeler Arena” for the coveted awards, Metzeler tyres and cash prize fund totalling £5K.

Individual Free Style – £3750 Prize Fund + Jack Lilley ‘Goodie Pack’

1st – £2K
2nd – 1K
3rd – £750

Longest Stoppie – £750

The ‘ICON’ Sickest Trick – £500

Special guest judges include, from USA, DJ Schaeffer (Team Streetfighterz, St. Louis Missouri), Wade Landry (Section 518, New York) and Mark Nichols (15 year veteran from UK) – more TBC.

Highlights of this prestigious event this year also includes with an all new feature, a “head to head” drift racing “Driftkhana” with winners receiving Jack Lilley ‘Goodie Pack’, as well as the “Best Streetfighter” static display and competition, with awards, trophies and prizes!

Best Streetfighters competition, organised, run and hosted by the newly re-launched Streetfighters Magazine, is on a “Show Up n’ Shine” basis supported by Vulcanet.
Bikes entered are to be on site at Wembley by 9am.

Best in Show in Show

Plus the following 7 categories

Best Engineering
Best Brightwork
Best Paint
Best Blown
Best Creative
Best Retro
Best Ratfighter

All 8 winners to receive ‘Vulcanet’ prize pack

Another new feature for this year is MotoBall, football played on motorbikes!

The Forces motorsport charity http://www.missionmotorsport.org run by veterans, serving officers and motorsport professionals, providing respite, rehabilitation, recreational activities and training to those affected by military operations within the framework of motorsport, will be present, (planned to include with a motorcycle display by Ash Hall, a double above the knee amputee who has also lost most of his left hand!)  A selection of specially adapted bikes will also be on show at the Mission Motorsport gazebo – please give generously.

Along with the MC & DJ on the Ace stage, live entertainment includes with The Michelle Bourne Dance Academy. Mixed with the music, the roar of engines and tyre-shredding drifters, along with the spectacular motorcycling acrobatics and hot tricks of the stunt riders, adrenaline is sure to be pumping – let the action begin!

The London Rockin Rollers, having been rolling with the punches since 2007 with their eight wheeled thrills and spills, will be assisting in raising funds for “Mission Motorsport”, the events chosen charity.

Motogroom will be operating a helmet park on the day, to include with the option to have your helmet valeted!

TICKETS are available now from the cafe with a free tea/coffee or on-line atwww.acecafeshop.com/catalog/52
Tickets (Gate)
£10 per person
£20 Family Ticket (available on the day only. 1/2 adults and up to 3 children under 12 years of age)

Club & Group pre-booking concessions available – please contact Lora David at the cafe on
Lora@ace-cafe-london.com

TIMETABLE of EVENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

www.carolenash.com
www.metzeler.co.uk
www.wembley.co.uk
www.londonrockinrollers.co.uk
www.rideicon.com
www.jacklilley.com
www.vulcanet.pro
www.missionmotorsport.org
www.motogroom.com

NB: 7pm – 11pm Saturday 25th July is pre-Stunt Fest & Streetfighter Show Party Night at the Ace! Meet the judges and the competitors.

For more information about what’s on, check out:
www.ace-cafe-london.com