VentureShield paint protection film, £120 (£220 fitted)
Time tested: Four months/1000 miles
What’s good? VentureShield is a transparent, barely visible vinyl wrap designed to protect bodywork from stone chips and general scuffage. You can buy it in bike-specific tank kits or as a full kit that covers most of the vulnerable areas of bodywork on your bike: typically fairing nose, headlight, fairing lowers’ leading edges, tail unit and tank. You can self-fit it or have it applied by an Autoshield dealer. Once on, it works.
What’s not? Applying VentureShield requires a knack, especially on curved and ridged surfaces. You peel off the appropriate piece from a roll of backing sheet, wet it and its target area on the bike with a water-based spray and then go to battle with air bubbles. A squeegee is supplied to help push out and trapped air. Sometimes it goes well for me; sometimes it doesn’t.
I can do the easy parts of the kits – tank pads and small, flat areas – but for the intricately cut and larger curved areas such as a fairing nose I end up in a mess. The trick seems to be to keep the film wet, not to panic, and keep the squeegee moving – and not to swear loudly and throw the whole lot at the garage wall.
Having tried and failed to fit a full kit to my BMW HP2 Sport I got John Beal at Autoshield Protection in Newcastle to do it instead. He washed the bike, cut a fresh kit on his in-house cutter and, using copious liquid and skill, took about three hours to complete the job. Since John fitted the kit, the vinyl on the Beemer’s fairing has taken two stone hits with no damage to the carbon-fibre beneath.
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