Top Ten Faring Repairs?


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

 

1. Welding up  cracked panels.

 

 

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2. Windscreen finger replacement.

 

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3. Sections broken out.

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4. Relocating mounts on headlights.

 

 

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

We rebuild these with plastic not filler.

 

 

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6. Panel support mounts.

 

 

 

 

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7. Making mount post from scratch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Broken panels.

 

 

 

 

One panel made from two

 

9. Missing part taken from a donor panel.

 

 

 

 

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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 just a few of what can be a complicated repair.

 

 

 

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.

 

Motorcycle Monthly magazine.


mcmWhile I am in a generous mood, I’m going to give a little bit of space to promoting motorcycle monthly. It is quite a popular magazine if you know where to pick up a copy. You will not find it on sale in the usual places though – Why? Because it is free. I know, how brilliant is that!

It is full of the things you would expect from a glossy magazine; road tests, shoot outs, latest industry news etc. and advertising from us. He! He! I may as well get a plug in for us! All of which is printed on news print, giving it a daily paper feel.

The other great thing is, if you cannot find your copy locally you can subscribe to it for the breath taking some of £9.99 a year! Wow! The cost is mainly to cover the cost of postage. If you are interested you will find all the details at www.classicmagazines.co.uk

mcm2The June edition has a great article on model replicas – bikes that are one to one scale of the original. A 1960s classic Harley Davidson is the first in the series. Guess what? just like with real bikes, if you break it we can repair it!!

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.