01 The day before the kit is to be installed it’s a good idea to lay it out flat so that the vinyl can unroll and settle. It will make application easier if the decals are already laying flat instead of wound up as they come in the packaging.
02 The instruction sheet is easy to follow, but before applying the kit watch the installation tips video on the Factory Effex Web site.
03 Any debris or dirt will be immediately obvious, so make sure your hands and the decal backing are perfectly clean.
04 Air bubbles are sure to form in the worst spots, but they come out with a little patience. Stubborn creases and bubbles are easily fixed with a heat gun or blow dryer.
Vinyl wrap jobs are pretty common in the automotive sphere—you won’t find a dirtbike in existence without a graphics kit. But sportbikes have been largely excluded from the wrap world—save for the occasional stunt bike. Off-road enthusiasts have the luxury of utilizing various companies that provide numerous full kits, and one of those companies has crossed over into the sportbike scene. Factory Effex offers kits that range from trim accents all the way to full coverage (like the EV-R kit we installed) for the four Japanese manufacturers. The company utilizes scratch resistant vinyl that is thick, and therefore durable. Years of designing kits for motocross bikes has apparently trickled over to the sportbike design, which will be a good thing when a rock spits up into the fairing on the freeway and doesn’t leave a blemish.
While a graphics upgrade might not have been high on your initial mods list, it makes perfect sense if you’re after a quick, easy and effective appearance enhancement or need to cover some scratched bodywork. Even a slow-speed spill can cause serious scratching to unprotected plastics, and an otherwise brand new bike will look old and beaten instantly. An EV-R kit comes in handy for this exact situation because it will hide the scratches while providing a custom look to help separate a bike from the pack.
Our 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R was in good shape, but the plain blue bodywork was a little too boring. We decided to spice it up so when the first rainy day hit we got to work and transformed the bike in a few short hours. To start, we gave the bike a good wash and a final wipe-down with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to stay away from detailing or other finishing sprays as they leave a film behind that can hurt the vinyl’s adhesion. One final installation tip is to partially adhere the different pieces until several adjacent decals are in place. Then the lines can be matched perfectly and pressed firmly into place. Don’t be afraid to peel back the vinyl if the lines aren’t matched or if air bubbles form.
Factory Effex EV-R Series
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