WHAT IS IT? DeCal Works has an entire line of
graphics kits that can be customized. It is the ultimate
product for a racer interested in showing individual style
and promoting his sponsors.
WHAT’S IT COST? $269.90 (semi-custom complete kit),
$199.95 (full kit), $59.95 (radiator louver kit).
CONTACT? www.decalmx.com or (815) 784-4000.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the DeCal Works semi-custom complete graphics
(1) Options. DeCal Works offers an unparalleled
expanse of customized graphics options. There are a
dozen different graphic styles for the seven motorcycle
brands (the “Big Six,” along with Cobra mini cycles).
There are a bevy of color choices for each design, which
equate to an endless number of options. The semi-custom graphics kit comes with radiator shrouds,
swingarm, lower forks, number plate backgrounds, as
well as front and rear fender decals.
( 2) DeSign Studio Designer. DeCal Works spent
months painstakingly developing an online interactive
database that allows the user to build a customized
graphics package on his computer. It is a convenient way
to see a virtual display of what your bike will look like.
Additionally, it is possible to upload logos to the DeSign
Studio Designer and incorporate them into the graphics.
DeCal Works also has a myriad of racing logos available
that can be included for a nominal fee. The turnaround
time for a semi-custom kit is five days.
( 3) Price. At $270, the semi-custom complete graphics
kit is not cheap. There are more competitively priced
options from other graphics companies, though none
offer the customization parameters of DeCal Works. If
the price is too steep, perhaps the full kit, which doesn’t
include preprinted numbers and retails for $199.95, is a
better buy for you. Note that DeCal Works also sells plas-
tics kits, and if you purchase a plastics kit and complete
graphics kit together, they will mount the graphics for
$25. Additionally, if you purchase pre-printed number-plate
backgrounds, along with side-plate and front-number-plate
plastics, they will mount the set of plates for free. DeCal
Works also sells radiator-louver graphics kits ($59.95 each)
for a finished look.
( 4) Quality. MXA outfits all of our test bikes with DeCal
Works pre-printed numbers because they stand the test of
time. The backing adhesive is sturdy and doesn’t leave a
residue once removed. Not only that, but the graphics don’t
fade or look dingy after long-term abuse. The thick, 19mil
material is durable enough to handle abrasions caused by
boots and knee braces, but pliable for easy mounting. We
took a pressure washer to the graphics and had a difficult
time peeling the material up. Good stuff. It is the type of
quality we have come to expect from DeCal Works. The
graphics also look great.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Our only quibble is the price.
Note that DeCal Works offers a less expensive graphics kit.
The DeCal Works semi-custom complete
graphics kit is a two-star product for those who
don’t care about how their bike looks, but it’s a
five-star product for anyone who wants to give
his bike a facelift. It’s a winner.
DECAL WORKS SEMI-CUSTOM GRAPHICS KIT
MXA TEAM TESTED