Bags of Trouble.


Badly broken nose cone  Plastic welding can rebuild this nose cone where glue cannot

Badly broken Plastic

A distressed looking man is walking towards the doors of the workshop, in his hands are two plastic shopping bags. We unpacked the bags and laid out the contents piece by piece on to the work bench. I started placing the jigsaw of a faring together, the shape it  formed was that of a Honda CBR 600F side panel. On closer inspection it became more complicated, there were a number of pieces missing, some of these major.

I looked at him, he said “I was told it could not be done” I replied ” The only limiting factor is price”  A smile crossed his face the first bit of good news in his quest to put his pride and joy back on the road. ” This is why we say bring it in let us see it in the flesh.” It was not a lost cause. After fixing the price, he left with a happier look, to return in a couple of weeks.

We had our work cut out, first thing to do was to fix all the bits together so the main part of the faring was in one piece, then we could start fabricating the missing parts, these would be cut from sheet plastic of the same material, if it is not the same type it will not weld together.

We are not like other repairers in that, we do not use two pack  fillers to replace parts that are missing in thermoplastic products which a lot of faring’s are made from. Other repairers will do this were they can get away with it or say it cannot be done. If you have a vintage farings on your bike would you not want the best repair possible for this rare item? I know I would!

When you use the same material to repair a breakage it should act in the same way that it did before it was broken. If you introduce another part whether it’s filler or fiberglass it will change the way the panel acts and can cause the repair to fail in the future.

When the man returned he did not believe that it was the same panel until I showed him the back with it’s fine lines of weld. He was very pleased with the result.

Advertisements

Foxy GSXR


It is not that well-known among the wider biker community that we were the first to put a set of foxeyes ( head lights from a Honda fireblade) into a Suzuki GSXR 11oo nose cone. We were also the first to do it using sheet  thermo plastic, molding  it to fit an existing faring and welding these parts into place giving it durability and strength and above all that distinctive sexy look.

 

I only discovered recently that the nose cone was still about, in good condition and in one piece. But sadly not on the bike it was made for. It turns out that it is sitting on a shelf in someones garage looking for a new GSXR home.

I am pleased to say it has stood the test of time. Just go’s to show plastic welding is number one for repairs and custom work.

 

Plastic in the cold


Yamaha_side_faring_repair_p
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.
 

Top Ten Faring Repairs?


 

This just a bit of fun. Our top ten repairs.

 

cracking

 

1. Welding up a  cracked  panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

windscreenfingerreplace

 

2. Windscreen finger replacement.

 

 

 

broken-offtab

 

 

3. Sections broken out.

 

 

 

headlightlug

 

4. Relocating mounts on headlights.

 

 

 

 

 

groundoffsections

 

5. Ground off plastic from bikes that have slide down the road.

We rebuild these with plastic not filler.

 

 

bodylug

 

6. Panel support mounts.

 

 

 

 

gsxheadlightbezel

 

7. Making mount post from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

broken-intobits

 

8. Broken panels.

 

 

 

 

One panel made from two

 

9. Missing part taken from a donor panel.

 

 

 

 

smallreplcementparts

 

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.

Top Ten Faring Repairs?


 

This just a bit of fun. Our top ten repairs.

 

cracking

 

1. Welding up a  cracked  panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

windscreenfingerreplace

 

2. Windscreen finger replacement.

 

 

 

broken-offtab

 

 

3. Sections broken out.

 

 

 

headlightlug

 

4. Relocating mounts on headlights.

 

 

 

 

 

groundoffsections

 

5. Ground off plastic from bikes that have slide down the road.

We rebuild these with plastic not filler.

 

 

bodylug

 

6. Panel support mounts.

 

 

 

 

gsxheadlightbezel

 

7. Making mount post from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

broken-intobits

 

8. Broken panels.

 

 

 

 

One panel made from two

 

9. Missing part taken from a donor panel.

 

 

 

 

smallreplcementparts

 

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.

It’s time to retire and repair for next year?


bike-repair With the bad weather coming it is time to get all those crack and nicks repaired so your bike is in top condition for the new years season.

I’m reminding you now, it will be to late next year. You’ll be sorry.