Most of our motorcycles have some parts of fibre or plastic here and there (Royal Enfields excluded of course). My Karizma R has enough of them and after every long ride, they need to be looked at and glued back if found broken. These are mostly the fibre below the rear part of the seat where the Vaitera Claw bag sits and is tightly strapped.
But I am sure, I am not only one who has encountered broken fibre or plastic parts, a majority of us do. Reasons could be different such as an accident, or somebody else damaging your bike in the parking lot or at a traffic signal or like in my case abuse due to luggage mounting. If it is none of these then it could simply due to ageing.
In any case, replacing these fibre parts is not always an option. Sometimes parts are not available with the spare part dealer, if available, not in the colour shade you require or may be are not genuine at all. A majority of these fibre parts usually break at the spots where the screws or bolts hold them on the frame of the bike. If you are procrastinating the replacement of any such fibre part, whatever may be the reason, it is only going to get worse as due to your negligence, the part the will either break into pieces or completely fall out of the bike.
Instead of replacing these parts altogether, a little juggad, a few hours and a lot of patience might save you a couple of bucks enough to cover the cost of fuel for your next ride! Read On.
If you are up for the task then I suggest you to be ready with following things.
- Online research
- Your motorcycle parts catalogue
- Required and Right tools
- Camera or your smartphone
- Spare screws, nuts and bolts
- A piece of tyre tube rubber
Let me elaborate on each of them as we progress with the task.
1.Online research: It is a good idea to search about maintenance of your bike over the internet just to get an idea how other folks have dealt with similar issues with their bike. If there is a tried and trusted solution that works, why not follow it?
2.You motorcycle parts catalogue: Yoru internet research should get you this. This document helps to understand how the (fibre) parts are fitted on your bike, what size and type of screws, bolts, nuts or clips are used and what is the right tool to be used.
3.Required and Right Tools: Make sure that you have correct tools to do the task. For example, forcefully using a regular screwdriver to unscrew a star head screw is going to “screw” up the task up.
4.Camera (your smartphone should come handy): Once you have the right tools to begin the task, take picture of each of the screw or bolt you will remove and also of the surrounding area of. This will help you fix back the parts.
5.M-seal: Once the broken fibre part and its pieces are out, use M-seal to put them back together. This might not work in the first go, but a with a few trial and errors, I am sure you will get the desired result. This phase requires you to have tremendous patience. Once you have found the right way to put the pieces together, let them dry for a day or two.
6.Filler (or a sand paper): Use a filler or a sand paper to gently get rid of the excessive harden M-seal.
7.Spare screws, nuts and bolts: If the screws or bolts have fallen off then you should get them from the spare shop and have them handy before you start putting the parts together.
8.A piece of tyre tube rubber. Fibre parts are to be fixed by screwing the bolts gently. If you apply more force, chances of they cracking up are high! A loose fit will make them susceptible to vibrations and they might fall off or break. To counter these, I use a piece of rubber from a used tyre tube that acts as a washer.
Once the parts are fitted back, it is time go for a ride and see if the fixed parts are holding together well. If no, then try to give it another shot. If yes, then pat your back! Fixing these parts does not require you to be an engineer. As I mentioned before, lots of paitence and creativity will work for you. This also gives you an opportunity to know your bike a bit better. Once you remove the parts, you discover the hidden parts that might need your attention. Don’t worry, explore your option to fix them too !