removing the Safety WARNING label

Safety WARNING labelThanks to the now overbearing dreaded ‘Health and Safety’ regulations, free with every purchase of a new motorcycle comes a lovely WARNING label stuck right in the middle of your beautiful shiny fuel-tank. As I’m sure anyone who has tried to remove one of these labels will know, they are in fact one of the toughest substances on earth, in fact I’m pretty sure that if they made motorcycle riding gear out of Health and Safety labels, you would quite comfortably survive a good 10 second skid down the road after an off at pretty much any speed. These things are nigh-on indestructible!

So how do we go about removing one, save stripping the paint off your tank? You can’t ask the dealers to do it for you as they are forbidden from doing so by the bike manufacturers. However the solution is pretty straight forward, if a little time consuming.

Peeling the Safety WARNING labelBefore you attempt this It is probably a good idea to make sure your fuel tank is closed and locked, as I’m pretty sure electric heating elements and fuel don’t mix very well… Likewise I’d ensure there is no fuel residue on or around the tank. Simply get a hairdryer and heat it up by directing the hot air toward the label. You may find that the edge of the sticker will start to peel away by itself. Use a fingernail to gently pry the label away from the tank, being sure to alternate between peeling and heating. Try not to pull the label away from the tank, as the protective top layer will probably separate leaving you with a harder job (this happened to me my first time). After that it is just a case of patients and heating and peeling. Eventually the label will come away.

Glue residue from the Safety WARNING labelOnce you’ve finally got the label off you will be left with a horrible sticky residue on the tank. You can simply use your favorite bike cleaning product to remove it, or most other non-abrasive cleaners. In my case I used a light application of Ambersil Amberclens which removes sticky substances really well.

Once all the glue has been removed you can buff and polish the paintwork to restore the finish.

And that’s it! Go forth and enjoy your new warning label free bike, safe in the knowledge that it said something about being safe that you really probably should have read but just can’t remember now. If only there was a label somewhere that had that information on it… Damn…

Ambersil Amberclens and Simoniz Original Wax

Ambersil Amberclens and Simoniz Original Wax

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Tristan Findley


Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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