Described to me as ‘Trials Porn’ is how some individuals see the finished product of a refurbished seat and fuel tank cover or shelter for the Honda RTL models. The finished item looks very cool but what is ‘Wrapping’? It can be applied to a majority of motorcycle components including front fork bottoms, swinging arms, etc. to give a strong protective coating. Here we have a look at just what services Trialsart can supply.
Are you ready?
Do you know exactly what you require and what you want to see achieved with this product to complete your restoration or to provide protection to your treasured possession? If so then this Vinyl service could be just for you.
Simply send them your artwork or tell them exactly which of their designs you require, and the print and production team will do the rest. All decals can be supplied, or you can send your own. The highest quality materials and acute attention to detail are applied, using robustly tough 3M Scotchprint and/or Avery Dennison supreme wrapping protective film used in the aerospace industry to form a long-lasting look.
Tank shelters are professionally wrapped by a leading acrylic design specialist in West Yorkshire. New seat and tank units supplied will be fitted with an original Honda rubber fixing strap and Dzus quarter-turn frame-fitting screws.
As an added optional protection they can supply measured Avery Dennison protective clear film on the parts of the unit where excessive wear occurs. OraGuard clear wrap can be provided at extra cost, either made to measure or a single sheet to be cut to size. Please be aware that not all tank moulds are identical and that pre-formed ‘tailor’ made OraGuard may not fit exactly to the desired area.
Finally, all shelters/covers are lacquered with equally hard-wearing Maxmeyer HS Lacquer mixed with a flexible additive protection as used by German vehicle manufacturers.
Existing tank shelter/cover upgrades start at £350 including a new seat. If you wish to upgrade your existing seat and tank unit, then all units must be free from all other paintwork/decals. Any further preparatory work, e.g. fibre glassing, removal of existing decals, sanding down etc. will result in additional cost. OraGuard clear added anti-wear protection sheeting can also be supplied, fitted or separately. Please allow 2–8 weeks to produce and deliver.
Finished seats are handmade in West Yorkshire by a leading motorcycle seat manufacturer from a specially designed polypropylene base with quality foam-filled cushion.
Superior padded seats and tank shelters/covers are supplied with all units fitted with retaining clips and Dzus, and covered with your choice of hardwearing fabric colours and fittings either screwed or glued. During the seat’s life, the cover can be replaced relatively cheaply simply by removing the old cover and replacing with a new cover.
Care and maintenance
Please see below for detailed information on caring for your graphics. • Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a
spray of water. • Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent and a soft, clean
cloth or sponge. • Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To avoid water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfibre cloth. • Pressure washers. Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions: 1. Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000psi; 2. Keep water temperature below 80 degrees; 3. Use a spray nozzle with a 40-degree wide angle spray jet; 4. Keep the nozzle at least 300mm (1 foot) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic; 5: Holding the nozzle of a pressure washer at an angle to the film may lift the edges of the film; 6: Fuel spills: wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the lacquer, vinyl and adhesive properties of the vinyl. • Polish and wax. Most standard graphics films and over-laminates can be polished or waxed with a high-quality vehicle wax. Before use test the product and approve in an inconspicuous area. Do not use any abrasive polishes or cutting compounds. • Cover whenever possible. Vinyl graphics, just like paint, are degraded by prolonged exposure to sunlight, UV and atmospheric pollutants.
Frequently asked questions
Can scratches be removed? It may be possible to reduce the appearance of fine scratches by heating with a heat gun/hair dryer to approximately 50ºC, which often makes them disappear. Keep the heat gun moving and do not aim the heat at a single spot for a long time. Sometimes the scratches will disappear when the vinyl gets hot in sunlight.
Deeper scratches will not come out. In extreme cases the wrapping will have to be replaced, it’s cheaper than a new paint job though.
How do I maintain the graphics? Care for your seat and tank unit graphics like you would any fine paint finish. Using high-quality products designed specifically for car care and these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your graphics looking their best. Gentle cleaning is best.
Polish or wax? No polish is recommended for carbon fibre and brushed metal effects.
This article showed the work carried out on the Honda RTL models, but this same service can be applied to any motorcycle components.
For more information on this product and service, visit: www.honda-rtl-tlr-trialsart.co.uk or telephone: +44 (0)7845 120654 (Please leave a message if no one answers).