FAQ's (Based on Yamaha Seca Turbo)
Q. How is the Bra held on the fairing?
A. Velcro "Loop" straps are sewn to the Bra. The Velcro "Hook" fasteners are
self adhesive backed and adhered to the inside of the Fairing. We use Velcro
#88 Hook and #1000 Loop. The Standard and Sporty Bras have 21 straps and
the Low-Cut models have 15.
Q. How long lasting and strong is the Velcro fastening?
A. This Velcro system is rated at 7,500 cycles (pulls) to maintain 50% of the
tensile (pull) strength. The tensile (pull) strength is rated at a minimum of 5.6
psi to a maximum of 10.1 psi. The shear (tear away) strength which is what
holds the Bra on, is rated at a minimum of 7.9 psi to a maximum of 15.7 psi. To
sum it up, on the Low-Cut Bra model which has fewer straps (15), there is a
total of 24 square inches of Velcro holding the Bra on. At a minimum of 7.9 psi
shear per square inch, it would take a minimum of 189 pounds to tear the Bra
off. In other words, if you put it on correctly, it isn't coming off in the wind.
When you feel that the Velcro is no longer holding well, simply replace it. You
will need to have the loop sewn in place of the original loop.
Q. What are the Bras padded with?
A. The Bras are backed with a 1/8" (3mm) thick foam covered with a non-abrasive Tricote backing.
This allows more protection from stone chips and also
gives a more tailored look to the Bras.
Q. How is the lettering made?
A. The lettering is created using paint stencils and a high quality vinyl paint. If
the paint wears off after many years of use, you can purchase additional
stencils and re-paint the lettering easily yourself.
Q. The vinyl looks close to the pipes, will it melt?
A. From many seasons of personal experience and from Customer's comments
there has never been any problems. There is one small area close to the pipes
where the fairing "chin' and lower front fairing panels meet, where the vinyl
gets warm. It becomes more pliable under the heat, but does not melt. On
some Seca Turbo's the lower fairings were not centered and one side was closer
to the header pipes than the other. If you have this problem. you need to shim
the lower fairing so it is centered. This will ensure proper clearance. You can
also adjust the Bra away slightly from the area close to the pipes.
Q. Can I remove the bra as soon as I stop the bike?
A. NO, THE EXHAUST SYSTEM IS EXTREMELY HOT! Bras must only be installed
and removed when the engine is cold. It is safer for you and the Bra. Some of
the areas have very little clearance and you don't want to burn yourself. For the
bra, the area of vinyl close to the pipe that gets warm may stretch. You may
also accidentaly touch the vinyl on the hot pipes and burn the vinyl.
Q. How do I care for my Bra?
A. The Bras can be gently hand washed and dried. Use a good quality Vinyl
protectant after washing and once per month during the driving seasons.
Scratches can be touched up with shoe polish. If your model has any lettering,
DO NOT fold or crease the bra, instead, lightly roll the bra up for storage.