|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:
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 email@example.com 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.
For information about Ace Cafe London or what’s on, check out: www.ace-cafe-london.com
These are just a few of the unwanted emails received everyday. We know that we are not alone in this unwanted attention. So we have decided to share them so you could put them to good use.
You use the emails below at your own risk. We have not tested to see if they are live or bogus.
This just a bit of fun. Our top ten repairs.
1. Welding up a cracked panels.
2. Windscreen finger replacement.
3. Sections broken out.
4. Relocating mounts on headlights.
5. Ground off plastic from bikes that have slide down the road.
We rebuild these with plastic not filler.
6. Panel support mounts.
7. Making mount post from scratch.
8. Broken panels.
9. Missing part taken from a donor panel.
10. Small parts made from scratch.
When we had the idea to do this everyone thought it was great. The reality is that we could not agree in what order they should be placed or if we had the images required to make the top ten. It would be fair to say that these are the most common repairs we see and to a certain degree can be complicated to complete.
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 ( 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 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. 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.
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.
There was a young man named Paul
Who grew terrifically tall
one night whilst in bed
he stretched out his leg
and turned out the light in the hall.
The late W.C Avery
Welcome to 2016! Did you have a good time over the holiday period? All rested and ready to go!? I’m not really ready having trouble getting into the swing of things. I don’t think the constant rain and grey skies are helping.
Anyway! we have reset our opening times back to normal, moving back to our half day Saturday. We have also made some changes to the blog as you can see. Giving it a bit of a spruce up for the new year and changing the header to a drawing of the newer looking GSXR. I have also littered this post with a number of other sketches of bikes.
I did promise to post more often last year but did not keep it up. I’m not doing that again this time. The real world tends, in our case, to push our digital presence into the background. It is possible this would be different if our business was more digitally based. A lot of what we do does not require a computer.
That just leaves me to say that we wish you all the best for the coming year.