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post #1 of 29 Old 05-08-2016, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Gas tank getting scratched to hell

I am new to the DL1000A having come off a 2009 DL650 (my second DL650). On the 650s, your knees were on plastic below the metal tank. With the 1000A, they are squarely on the painted tank (what little painted tank actually shows). I ride on dirt roads in Vermont and the tanks is showing signs of wear and scratching after only a few 100 miles. Poor design or bad decision making on my part not to protect the tank before my first ride?

Anyone else experiencing this problem?
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I am new to the DL1000A having come off a 2009 DL650 (my second DL650). On the 650s, your knees were on plastic below the metal tank. With the 1000A, they are squarely on the painted tank (what little painted tank actually shows). I ride on dirt roads in Vermont and the tanks is showing signs of wear and scratching after only a few 100 miles. Poor design or bad decision making on my part not to protect the tank before my first ride?

Anyone else experiencing this problem?
Been discussed. I use Techspec gripsters

http://www.amazon.com/TechSpec-62-30.../dp/B00YZCVVYI

Others have come up with cheaper solutions but I put on the grip pads more for performance than protection anyway...


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Been discussed. I use Techspec gripsters

Amazon.com: TechSpec 62-3010-SS Snake Skin Tank Grip: Automotive

Others have come up with cheaper solutions but I put on the grip pads more for performance than protection anyway...
They look like a good idea. How do they attach? I have previously cut some pads from magnetic sign material from a sign shop. Just make a pattern, trace and cut. The nice thing about magnetic ones is that they can be easily removed, cleaned and replaced.
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They have a glue that is industrial, but can be removed

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Here's a thread from when I asked:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl1000a-...rotection.html

I agree, I wish it was a bit different design.
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I love my TechSpec tank grips. They don't completely cover my tank, but protect the area that I am most likely to mess up.

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I keep a roll of 6" 3M Vinyl Film around. It is easy to install and leaves no residue when/if removed. This is my third bike with this roll . . . I did the tank sides and the top as well for when my foot "misses."

Amazon.com: 3M Scotchgard Clear Bra Paint Protection Bulk Film 6-by-60-inches: Automotive
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I just installed some Tankslapper protective film on my Super Tenere. The pieces come pre-cut for a specific bike, and they are relatively easy to put on. Once it's on correctly, it's barely perceptible, and you can remove it and reinstall it if need be. They make sets for the DL1000 and DL650.

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happened on mine after less then 600 miles, i was pissed.

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