Another vote for the Tech Spec pads. Got them mainly to protect the paint and was pleasantly surprised at how great they are for keeping you planted on the bike while braking, accelerating, turning, etc. I really miss them when riding a bike without them.
If you're not interested in gripping and don't want to cover up the color, you can get 3M clear sheets they use to protect paint on cars. Ebay search for "3M clear paint protection film" will turn up many options.
2014 V-Strom 1000 - Desert Khaki
2011 Burgman 400
2007 Honda Helix
2013 V-Strom 650 - sold