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I was thinking about trying out some vinyl rim tape on the black mags on my 2018 DL1000XT, and I have some samples coming from a company called Tapeworks Graphics, and their sending me a bunch of different colors and types of silver tapes to see how they look on the black rims, as I think silver will go well with the silver beak on the bike.

So has anyone purchased rim tape from Tapeworks and if so how did their special guide tool tape applicator work, as the videos they have makes it look like it's pretty easy to apply.

https://store.tapeworks.com/
 

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I've never ordered from them but did install a more generic white reflective tape in a roll with applicator. Installed that on my white '11 DL-650A not long after purchase. Seems to work fine and probably makes the bike a bit more noticeable from the side.
 

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I used their rim tape and applied it by hand without the special tool. I found it really easy to apply and keep it straight as long as you take your time, Each side of each rim took about 5 minutes to do it properly. This was done on a 2011 DL650 and so I used the 'burnt orange' reflective to match my bike during the day and it shines really bright at night.
 

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I highly recommend Tapeworks and their special application tool. (I'm amazed anyone could apply this by hand and get it perfectly even all the way around - hats off to Juan.) I've put the reflective tape on two V-stroms and the Gixxes. They even custom matched the Desert Khaki for my V2, now available on their website. I used reflective silver on the gray DL650. They include 6 strips so you can screw up twice and still have enough material. The first two times I did it perfectly; on the third bike I messed up twice so the extra strips really came in handy.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

The free samples are on the way, and then I'll pick a color and order the kit from them. :wink2:
 

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After receiving the color samples from Tapeworks, I ordered a tape kit including in their color 6004 which is a silver metallic which is a damn near perfect match to the silver beak and the factory rack color on my bike. I also ordered their stripe it all tape dispenser.

So it should really complement the silver parts of the bike as well as the black rims and the rest of all the black on the bike. :smile2:
 

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After receiving quite a few different samples from Tape Works I choose their metallic silver tape 004 in ¼” width, which is a damn near perfect match to the silver on the front beak and the rack. I also purchased their stripe-it-all tape guide which works great and is very easy to use.

Since I had the rims off the bike to install new tires I decided that applying the tape on the rims should be easier with the rims off the bike. So I a scrap bar of a piece of aluminum I had and drilled holes in it to accept with two 5/16” U-bolts for clamping the axles to the bar, then I clamped the bar to a bench in my shop.

It placed the rim at the perfect height with me sitting on a stool I have, and I used it to apply the tape to the rear rim perfectly by myself. The only thing you have to watch out for is cutting the end of the tape off that has the plastic lead-in stuck to it while trying to hold the guide to in position, which can be tricky

So for the front rim I took a spare piece of 1” x 2” steel tubing I had and bored a hole in one end to accept the front axle to allow me to mount the rim horizontally, as I was thinking that this would allow me to release the tape guide and have it stay in position while I cut off the starting end of the tape with the plastic lead-in.

I found that even with the rim horizontal the tape guide wanted to fall over, so I came up with a simple solution for that by taking a piece of ¾” x 1” aluminum bar and milling a slot in one end to allow it to drop down into the top of the tape guide, with the other end resting on the tire. It has enough weight to hold the tape guide in position while allowing me to use both had to cut the lead in portion of the tape off before overlapping the tape and cutting it off.

All in all, for never having applied rim tape, it was very easy to do and I really like the look of the silver metallic tape on the black rims, which really ties in great with the front beak and the rack. :smile2:



 

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All in all, for never having applied rim tape, it was very easy to do
Easy to do, if you have scrap metal, a proper drill press, and a milling machine handy. :grin2:

I live in a condo - the only thing I would have is a center stand.
@Juan Tanamera - I too have an orange '11. I have the standard lettering not the cool block lettering of your adventure, but I like the idea of getting the orange to match. Hmmm...
 

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