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Motoskinz - Vinyl Wrap Project

AmoryWong2010-05-27 05:45:47 +0000 #1
This is the first time I have ever wrapped a motorcycle and I had 0 knowledge on how to do it, in spite of this I think I did quite a good job. I highly recommend you have someone help you do this as 4 hands makes this job much easier than 2. Also Motoskinz offers a wrapping service, you can buy your bodywork and get it shipped there first so they can wrap it. Or if you already have your bodywork ship it to them and they will do it for you. They will custom design wraps for you or they have plenty of designs too choose from.

You can use this code to get 10% off: 10 - 01 - 110 (use at motoskinz.com or call 920-238-9090)

This stuff is quite easy to work with and the only things you need other than what they supply you are your fingers and a heat source (hair dryer, heat gun, propane torch, etc.) I found that there will be some small wrinkles and seams with the custom design trying to line things up. With a patterned design I think it would be much easier since nothing has to line up.

To start out with I decided to do the front fender first as it isn't the most visible part and I though it would be the easiet. Well it wasn't the easiest pice as there were lots of curves over a tiny surface area : Since this was a custom set of vinyls it all had to line up. Anyway this part took about an hour and a half to wrap. If I had done it after doing some other parts and got some experience with the wrap it would have taken half the time. Anyway this is how it turned out:



The next part I worked on was the tail as it was relatively flat in places and didn't have too many curves. This went well and was fairly simple. The only hurdle was splitting the vinyle to go down the two sides of the tail.



As you can see there is a seam down the middle of the seat area, but with some trimming it is barely noticeable.

The next part I tackled was the upper, its huge and the designers made three pieces for me to cover it all. There was 2 hard parts on this part: the ram air intakes and the vents on the sides. I found that if you work around the vent and leave a little bit of extra material and then make some relief cuts you can make it work very well. Btw this is where a hair dryer/heat gun/propane torch come in handy to shape the material to curves.





I just realized that I didn't take any pictures of the lower and the bike didn't have the lower on when I took the pictures of it, doh! Anyway the lower is relatively flat and easy.

The tank was the hardest part for me as it had the most detailed design and I didn't want to stretch it much. Just be patient with wrapping a tank and take your time.





As you can see there are two seams, these are mostly covered by the seat and are a reslut of me not wanting to stretch the material too much.

The finished bike all put together and ready for the race weekend at Mission!




Shovelhead2010-05-27 05:50:56 +0000 #2
I have seen many cars with skins that look good but when you're within 5 ft, the job look crappy.

Yours look great
Jaybo2010-05-27 05:55:20 +0000 #3
Yep, the bike looked pretty sweet out there Amory.
skroonk2010-05-27 07:05:12 +0000 #4
Very cool. It looks great. Tons of work but it sure beats painting.
Fawn2010-05-27 06:39:48 +0000 #5
Cool to see someone else with one of these. I had one custom made by another company, they gave me 50%+ extra pieces so that I could practice. Well it was so hard I knew I could not do the good version myself, and all the companies I could locally had done really bad installs of even bus and vehicle wraps. So I gave mine to the new owner when I sold my bike, still wonder if he ever installed it.
Pee Wee2010-05-27 07:37:59 +0000 #6
Sorry man...I think it looks like shit, bubbles, wrinkles...these assclowns who lied to you saying it looks good are all suck up's.

Yeah that shit looks fine on a bus..not a bike
dasein2010-05-27 07:14:53 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Pee Wee

Sorry man...I think it looks like shit, bubbles, wrinkles...these assclowns who lied to you saying it looks good are all suck up's.

Yeah that shit looks fine on a bus..not a bike

\there goes the hater\

Amory, fine job. I had a pro (kinda) do this job on a crane, not half as good or half as hard. And your bike looks great.

I will be doing the urban cammo soon on my race bike...

Love your design, by the way.
denham2010-05-27 08:40:12 +0000 #8
Just ignore the troll. For a first try I think it's great. And once it's out on the track I bet it looks fantastic.

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