non marking straps

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by versys Rob, May 14, 2019.

  1. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I frequently strap my gym bag onto my passenger seat. Yes, I exercise!!!! My racquetball and squash rackets are too long to put in my side bags or trunk. I use rocket type straps. Problem is... they tear the silver paint off the passenger grab bars. My new to me blue bike has no marks!!! I know that will change quickly, but in the meantime, is there a type of strap that will not tear the paint off the grab bars? This may be a better question for some other forum besides an adventure forum. Perhaps I need to join the harley/ chrome forum!!!!!
  2. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    All straps will leave a mark. Princess Auto has those fury strap protector things. Maybe another option is to quit the gym, just kidding. How about use something to put on the handles to protect the paint. Show us a pic of the handles.
  3. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Use a bicycle inner tube to wrap around the rail under the strap.
  4. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I used foam pipe insulation a few times, but it tore quickly. Bicycle tube is a good idea, but will look crappy.
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  5. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Would something like this work?:
    I've used them to strap stuff that tends to move around because they stretch a bit and the rubber is grippy.

    For heavier stuff I use Rok Straps:

    I googled the 'rocket straps' you mentioned and the ones I saw have metal hooks... if you're committed to those just get a cobbler or someone with an industrial sewing machine to sew you a few 6" strap loops and loop them around the passenger grab bars and use the hooks on the loops. Loops like that also come in handy on ferry crossings, transporting your bike in a pickup etc. instead of using the metal hooks directly on your bike.
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

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  7. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Take the rails off and paint them with truck bedliner?
  8. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    Hunterson. Gasp... I can't bear the thought of bed liner on my baby!!! though I did use it on my current phone case that was hot pink!!!!
    Rok straps are a decent idea.
  9. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I use webbing straps with a cam lock and they have not marred my rack on the GS. My F800 came with some Rok Straps and you can try them out to see if you may want to buy something similar to see if it suits you before you fork out the cash. I'm in the east end.
  10. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I don’t mind showing my age by saying that I still use bungee cords with rubber coated hooks.
    They have served me well over 46 years and counting, without marring the finish on the many bikes I have owned.

    On the other hand, I thought I was really clever when I discovered that I could nest a bottle of water between the passenger grab rail and the top of the pannier for my ride home from Arizona. Yep, you guessed it. The plastic scuffed some of the paint off the grap rail on the long ride. Who would have guessed? :eek:
  11. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I put these stainless steel pieces on my Varadero. I bought them at Mercer’s in Clarenville, I find they have a nice selection of stainless steel goodies.
    Might be an option for you.

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