Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Oct 23, 2019.
Great website for Tank Pads, if anyone is in the market. I'll be ordering one.
I had those (or ones that were very similar) on my previous bike and they worked well to prevent the inevitable rubs and scratches from jacket zippers etc. Currently, I have TechSpec side and center tank pads. These are stick-on textured rubberized pads that protect the paint and give you knee grip at the same time. Admittedly, not nearly as attractive as the other type but I like them - especially the side pads. Custom made for a variety of bikes. You might wish to consider the TechSpec pads for the tank sides, if not for the center.
(KTM page) https://techspec-usa.com/products/gripster-tank-grips/ktm.html
This is what they look like on my bike
I had the Tank Spec side pieces on my KLR, and it's a very nice product. I haven't thought about adding the side ones to the KTM, because my knees rub black plastic only, so no worries for scratching. Although they say that the rubber grips has a mental aspect as well. Without them we tend not to want to squeeze the tank....and with the rubber added, we are more inclined to squeezing, when needed.
I have the TechSpec “Snakeskin” grips on my Triumph Trophy as well.
They do an excellent job of protecting the finish, but don’t look as sharp as the faux Carbon Fiber tank pad I had on my previous BMW F700GS. Given the relatively low production numbers for the Trophy, there were never a lot of options for aftermarket accessories, and those that were available are dwindling, now that it is no longer produced.
In the link in the OP, they do 'custom' pads if you are interested. They are a pretty good company to deal with.
At least the custom option is not shown as cu$tom on their website!
It might be worth an inquiry. The products do look sharp.
There’ a cool set of side pads I can get for my 1100S
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