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Offline steveindar

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Pre 2000's bike bodywork.
« on: August 17, 2021, 08:15:06 am »
I've seen it with my XRV, I've seen it with my VFR, the bodywork/fairings are starting to fall apart. Both are 23yrs old and the plastics are giving up the ghost. Patching is just that, patching. But there is always a new crack developing somewhere.
What options are there? I'm assuming replacement 2nd-hand are just as old so I would face the same issues in short order.

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Re: Pre 2000's bike bodywork.
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2021, 08:27:07 am »
I am having the same issues with plastics. Best is to look into replacement parts from Polisport or Acerbis. Some parts are still available new or as reproductions. (talking  XR 400R). Refurbishing the original plastic is possible but does nor address the issue of brittleness.

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Re: Pre 2000's bike bodywork.
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2021, 08:35:58 am »
I am having the same issues with plastics. Best is to look into replacement parts from Polisport or Acerbis. Some parts are still available new or as reproductions. (talking  XR 400R). Refurbishing the original plastic is possible but does nor address the issue of brittleness.

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Re: Pre 2000's bike bodywork.
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2021, 09:06:17 am »
Make moulds and glass fibre.
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Re: Pre 2000's bike bodywork.
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2021, 01:44:47 pm »
Make moulds and glass fibre.

Yes..... I've had this with my old Transalp starting now as well.... The fairing panels are ABS, and become brittle after years of (ab) use....
Found that Q-Bond worked fairly well to sort out hair-cracks, but only time will tell!
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