The Blanket

Weight

The construction of the bike blanket was as with any design time consuming and sometimes frustrating. The weight of the blanket was an important factor and the completed blanket weighs less than 4KG, l sourced materials to bring together the design detail of the blanket considering the weight to put the blanket on the bike, take it off the bike and to carry the folded blanket .The layer nearest to the bike is a quilted fabric with a 2oz layer of hollow fibre this layer gives all over protection to the bike including the underside. Looking at the areas of the bike that were most at risk of being damaged decided the location of the additional internal protection.

Protective panels

At the rear of the blanket on both sides of the bike there are internal protective panels these will protect the exhaust system on both sides or alternatively just on the one side. The protection used for the internal panels is a thick dense padding enclosed in two layers of fabric and sewn into the quilted fabric, the design of the blanket is created from three patterns and fits to the bike to prevent slipping .

The fairings surrounding the engine at the front of the bike area also have internal protective panels on either side large enough to give full protection to the area, again it is a thick dense padding enclosed in two layers of fabric and sewn into the quilted layer. On the external face of the cover three protective panels were sewn into the nose fairings these panels are permanent , they are sewn on to the external waterproof layer of the blanket and are enclosed in three waterproof panels all sewn with graded waterproof threads to prevent the ingress of water .

The tank has three external protective panels the uniform of fabric is the same as the nose fairings .The protection used in these protect panels is closed cell Nitrogen foam it is waterproof, tough and flexible and available in a variation of thickness. Closed cell foam acts like a balloon and when crushed or restricted it will reshape due to the nitrogen balloon cell technology .On the tail fairing there are two more external protective panels both of which are the same construction of the nose and tank panels.

Manoeuvrable

The Bike Blanket wraps entirely around the bike, at the bottom of the bike the blanket is fastened with a large variable Velcro strap, you have an option to manoeuvre your bike with the blanket open the large strap that wraps around the underneath can be secured on the top of the blanket with the velcro. On the side panels, there are additional straps and openings to secure the bike in transit with the blanket in place, you can sit on the bike blanket to manoeuvre, a shaped seat has been incorporated in the design there is a handle at the front and rear of the blanket giving you the option to hang it up.

See how easy it is to manoeuvre

The Bike Blanket has been designed and manufactured to a high standard to complete a stunning look all the piping sewn into the blanket is reflective to provide a safety feature and highlights the contours of the shape. The external waterproof cover is very durable and is perfect for bespoke imaging this imaging can be put on your blanket at manufacturing.

We have designed four Blankets;

The first is the Standard Bike Blanket with the side stand option available in a choice of single colours it is waterproof, the protection in the blanket is full, from front to back and the bike is fully manoeuvarable with the cover in place.

The second is again a standard Bike Blanket with the side stand option in two tone colours has all the features of the single colour standard blanket.

The third is The Bike Blanket with Full internal protection, the protection in this model is identical to the protection in the DSP blanket. The Dye Sublimation Process allows you to select a bespoke design of your choice.

The forth is a DSP Blanket retains all the same design features and specification as the Standard Bike Blanket. The DSP is manufactured from a process that allows the customer to have a vast choice of colours and personnel imaging to the Blanket, the outer fabric is passed through a heated roller system attached to this project and the testing of all the components used to create the Bike Blanket have been tried and tested and approved by the designers and manufacturing organisation, giving you the customer a quality product

Dye Sublimation

The dye-sublimation printing process is used to print on polyester or other synthetic fabrics. It is used for applications such as T-shirts, banners, table covers, ID cards, sportswear and flags. The original printers were an electrostatic technology using toners but now are generally large format inkjet printers using specially formulated inks. The dye sublimation inks are a pigment suspended in a liquid solvent, like water. The images are initially printed on coated heat-resistant transfer paper as a reverse image of the final design, which is then transferred onto polyester fabric in a heat press operating at a temperature around 180 to 210 C (375 F). Under high temperature and pressure, the dye turns into a gas and permeates the fabric and then solidifies into its fibres. The fabric is permanently dyed so it can be washed without damaging the quality of the image. Advantages of dye-sublimation over other methods of textile printing:

  • Images are permanent and do not peel or fade.
  • Dye does not build up on the fabric.
  • Colours can be extraordinarily brilliant due to the bonding of the dye to the transparent fibres of the synthetic fabric.
  • Truly continuous tones can be achieved that are equivalent to photographs, without the use special techniques such as half-screen printing.
  • The image can be printed all over the entire item, with no difficulty in printing all the way to the edges.

Image shown is of the DSP Bike Blanket with branded options on the nose tail, tank and sides. (The standard BB is identical but without any branding or artwork).

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