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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #10 on: June 30, 2020, 01:44:42 AM
As it usually goes, when I don't like what is available in the aftermarket, I just make my own. I made patterns and buy large sheets of rubber/neo foam with 3M backing. Its fairly grippy but need to make new sets after several months because how they wear (sun and usage).

I find the pads below the tank do 80% of the work and would be lost with only the upper grip. The center tank pad is same stuff but only real purpose it serves is to prevent scratches or scuffs from button or belt.



ps. They are darker than they appear in picture.
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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #11 on: June 30, 2020, 09:27:56 AM
Must be to do with the height of you guys, my knees fit perfectly into the folds of the tank and grip where the tank pads go rather than the lower plastic section.
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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #12 on: June 30, 2020, 11:43:26 AM
*Originally Posted by Frontline [+]
As it usually goes, when I don't like what is available in the aftermarket, I just make my own. I made patterns and buy large sheets of rubber/neo foam with 3M backing. Its fairly grippy but need to make new sets after several months because how they wear (sun and usage).

I find the pads below the tank do 80% of the work and would be lost with only the upper grip. The center tank pad is same stuff but only real purpose it serves is to prevent scratches or scuffs from button or belt.



ps. They are darker than they appear in picture.

 I had looking at off the shelf 3M backed rubber sheeting but having only found smooth I rejected it.
 However if you apply the slick tyre analogy it could actually work!
 Interesting thanks.  :084: :821:
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Tighten it 'til it strips then back it off half a turn.

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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #13 on: June 30, 2020, 12:09:15 PM
*Originally Posted by Cazzy_R [+]
I had looking at off the shelf 3M backed rubber sheeting but having only found smooth I rejected it.
 However if you apply the slick tyre analogy it could actually work!
 Interesting thanks.  :084: :821:
I made another set (also for a Z900) with groove patterns which is used as "traction mats" on water but its 1/4" (PVA) and I feel its too thick for my taste. Mine is 1/8" thick.

I am always keeping an eye open for something new to replace it :164:

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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #14 on: June 30, 2020, 12:18:10 PM
*Originally Posted by RobZ900 [+]
Must be to do with the height of you guys, my knees fit perfectly into the folds of the tank and grip where the tank pads go rather than the lower plastic section.
Yeah...if I go tippy toes on the pegs, my knees snug under the tank bend. I'm 175cm.

I've though about making a composite insert for the top of the tank where the bends are to emulate that same shape...but 25-30mm lower (if that makes sense).

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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #15 on: June 30, 2020, 12:52:28 PM
*Originally Posted by RobZ900 [+]
Must be to do with the height of you guys, my knees fit perfectly into the folds of the tank and grip where the tank pads go rather than the lower plastic section.

 I'm 6'2", 35" inseam. I'd have to be virtually on the pillion saddle for my knees be to be fully in the tank cut-outs.
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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #16 on: June 30, 2020, 12:59:05 PM
*Originally Posted by Cazzy_R [+]
I'm 6'2", 35" inseam. I'd have to be virtually on the pillion saddle for my knees be to be fully in the tank cut-outs.
Then why aren't you riding a Leonhardt Gunbus 410??

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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #17 on: June 30, 2020, 01:05:03 PM
*Originally Posted by Cazzy_R [+]
I'm 6'2", 35" inseam. I'd have to be virtually on the pillion saddle for my knees be to be fully in the tank cut-outs.

6 6 for me and I prefer to sit at the back of the seat.
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Re: Tank Grip other than Techspec
Reply #18 on: June 30, 2020, 05:17:12 PM
Just noticed....why is the Yank posting metric size and the Brits are using SAE? Is this the aftermath of Brexit?
Last Edit: June 30, 2020, 05:17:44 PM by Frontline