Self-adhesive decorative (rim) stripes give your bike a fresh new look, highlight contours, brighten up dull surfaces, accentuate shapes and personalise your motorbike for minimal outlay.
At the same time, the luminous effect makes your bike more visible, and the easier you are to see, the safer you'll be (passive safety). Wheel stripes are available either as a roll (the most economical option), which is applied to the rim edge using a small tool (applicator), or as preshaped stripes. Applying stripes from the roll requires a little more skill, but they look better on classically styled motorbikes. And they are also a great way to liven up and personalise other parts of your bike. The styling of the preshaped stripes makes them ideal for sporty bikes.
Teil 1 – Applying stripes from the roll
To get the best results, do not apply in low temperatures, as the adhesive stripes go stiff if they are too cold. Ideally the temperature should not be below 15°C. To make the adhesive stripes more supple, you can also warm them up a bit near a radiator prior to use.
If you jack up your bike so that the wheel turns, you will be able to apply the stripes without removing the wheel. A suitable workshop stand for front and rear allows you to work on your bike without it toppling over. Of course, the ideal solution is a motorcycle hoist, so that you can lift the bike to a comfortable working height. But whichever method you use, make sure that you have a clean working surface. If need be, stand your motorbike on a sheet of cardboard or a wood board.
To ensure maximum adhesion of the stripes, it is essential that the surface of the wheel rim or bodywork is 100% clean and grease-free. So you need to clean it thoroughly before you start, ideally with brake cleaner or silicone remover. If you have repainted the bike yourself (e.g. with spray paint), choose a small unobtrusive spot to test whether it can be safely wiped clean with brake cleaner or silicone remover without dissolving the paintwork. If necessary, use motorcycle cleaner or soapy water instead. Pay special attention to the rear wheel to make sure you remove all traces of chain grease.
Take the applicator and hold it against the edge of the wheel rim. Bend the applicator guide as shown in the picture so that it rests fully on the rim base while the applicator is flush with the rim edge.
Unwind approx. 1.5 m of the adhesive stripe from the roll. Hold the applicator so that the guide is facing upwards towards yourself, then thread the adhesive stripe into the narrow slot from the right so that the coloured side is uppermost and the sticky side (with liner) is facing downwards.
Pull a short length of the liner away from the adhesive side and thread it through the wide slot of the applicator. Feed the adhesive stripe itself around the edge.
The tool is now ready to use and you can start sticking the adhesive stripe to the rim edge. Use the applicator guide to apply the stripe accurately to the rim base and press firmly against the rim edge. Slowly turn the wheel while holding the applicator in place to ensure that the stripe is evenly applied around the rim edge. Firmly press the last section of stripe into place with your thumbs.
Once you have applied the stripe right round the wheel, cut it off cleanly at right angles with scissors, allowing a small overlap.
Wrap a microfibre cloth round your index finger, and run your finger around the rim edge, pressing the stripe down firmly once again. You're done! Now repeat the procedure for the other side of the rim.
It goes without saying that these coloured stripes are also great for jazzing up other parts of your bike.
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Teil 2 – Applying preshaped stripes
As described in Part l, your bike needs to be jacked up so that you can turn the wheel and the rims must be 100% clean and grease-free. Again, you need a minimum working temperature of 15°C and a clean surface to stand your motorbike on. The wheel stripe must be the right diameter for the rim (check product description).
Carefully cut up the segments of the stripes using a pair of scissors. The stripe has a transparent cover strip on the coloured side and a protective liner on the adhesive side. You will need 3 segments for each rim.
Take the first segment and lift the end of the protective liner from the adhesive side. Apply the adhesive side of the first segment to the centre of the rim edge. Run the stripe around the rim edge bit by bit, pulling off the protective liner as you go and pressing the wheel stripe into place centrally with your fingers.
Once you have applied the whole of the segment, press it firmly into place with a microfibre cloth over your index finger. Once you're sure it is securely in place, slowly and gently pull off the transparent cover strip.
Now mark the spacing for the next segment to the right and the left of the segment you have just applied, as specified for your rim size in the instructions on the pack. You might find a piece of protective liner or a chalk line helpful for this task.
Check your measurements are correct by holding the remaining two segments against the rim. Did you get the spacing right? If so, apply the two remaining segments as before, then sit back and admire the great new sporty look of your wheel rims.
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