All you Roof riders should cast a glance over this technique. It could mean the difference between sleeping in a kraal or getting back to base, hot showers and good food. First thing to remember is to pack Pratleys Steel in your bum bag – you can use the putty or the epoxy, if you use the putty you don’t need to carry a whole box, about 25mm of each of the 2 putty’s is enough.
Limit the damage. If oil is pouring out of the bike, turn off the fuel and lay the bike down. Preserve your precious oil.
Evaluate the damage. If a piece of the case has dropped into the motor you may have to take the case off and get the debris out. If you leave a piece of metal in the motor and it gets between two whirling gears, it can force the shafts apart and break engine cases.
If there is a plastic or carbon fibre protector in the way of the repair, it may have to be removed.
Clean the area. Pratleys Steel doesn’t stick to oil. Clean around the damage as best as you can. If necessary, cut your shirt tail off and dip it in the fuel tank (or turn the fuel on for a moment so some fuel flows out the carb overflow pipe). Preferably 4-stroke fuel if available. Then wipe around the damage with the petrol soaked cloth.
Splint the injury. If there is a hole, rather than a crack, place an appropriately sized coin over the hole. Mix up the Pratleys Steel on a leaf or rock, the swingarm or a bit of paper (or work the 2 putty’s together with your fingers). Follow the instructions on the pack. With a screwdriver smear the epoxy over the hole, with substantial overlaps.
Let it cure. The packaging of whatever product you use will tell you how long you must wait. This is usually about twenty minutes. When it feels fairly hard to a finger nail, you’re good to go. Check the repair at every fuel stop, and replace the cover when you get back to base. Good luck.