Protecting the gas tank with some kind of pads makes sense in multiple ways. Let’s just name scratch protection, resale value, or upgrading looks. For me, and that goes for decades of riding on and off race tracks- the main reason is to stay in place where I want. In fact- I am almost ‘abusing’ my gas tanks. Here is how:
- Squeezing knees in the tank cove pads while braking (keeps weight low and in the rear AMAP)
- Dragging ass over the seat to the other side by pressing outside knee in the tank pad
There are some products on the market, but my requirements are narrowing it down, especially since i have a healthy wear of those tank pads. I always end up with TechSpec Gripster Tank Pads for some good reasons also for my Ducati Panigale 1199R:
- Easy to install (smooth material)
- Looking real good (that’s clearly individual preference)
- Giving the right amount of hold (other products killing your gear)
- Reliable (protect function and price)
- Easy to remove/replace (no stain, no paint killer)
TechSpec’s theory of achieving a solid grip is based on material properties and surface area contact. Their products are available in two materials: Snake Skin and the XLine.
What I personally like is that I easily could customize a pad if necessary. We have TechSpec pads mounted on all Superbike-Coach bikes. Especially on our Supermotards, the wheelie 1on1 bike and the rental bikes, because they give the hold on to the gas tank my students need once that front wheel goes up. TechSpec even makes installation videos which shows how easy it is:
So, my recommendation to you is… what’s good for me should be good for you. I think that this is one of the first upgrades a rider should do to the motorcycle. Not just before scratches even happen… also to not to miss out on that extra hold when you might need it the most… in an emergency braking maneuver.
Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp