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Old 01-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
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Tank Bra Scratching Tank

So this week I am writing about the outside of the tank. I have 3k miles on my bike, never ridden in the rain. I put several layers of wax on the part of the tank covered by the bra. Anyway, I just pulled the bra yesterday and was very surprised to see a small spot of paintless metal tank and some scuffing of the clear coat that would generally be covered by the bra. I could find nothing abrasive on the bra itself and no signs of any dust or dirt on the interior felt. I have pulled the bra every few months and washed and applied wax. No scratches until this time.

While I understand that dirt can get under the bra and thus abraid the paint finish, has anyone had the tank paint get rubbed off just from a clean OEM bra? The SV embossed is on a separate felt-back piece of the bra, and the position of this piece seems to correspond to the scraches and missing paint.

I will touch up to prevent rust and perhaps go to a stick-on tank protector. Any current favorites there?
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

You can get color match from Colorrite.com. In general, whether car or bike, 'bras' seem to do enough damage to merit not using them IMO.
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

I almost bought a bra for mine but i ended up buying this tank protector.
http://www.oneidasuzuki.com/store/pa...sv6501000.html

sorry about your luck
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

Check this alternative out....the video is very descriptive, and for the $$, looks to be excellent value, and keeps the great look of your tank exposed.....I think those leatherette tank bras look crappy myself.

http://www.thetankslapper.biz/
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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Check this alternative out....the video is very descriptive, and for the $$, looks to be excellent value, and keeps the great look of your tank exposed.....I think those leatherette tank bras look crappy myself.

http://www.thetankslapper.biz/
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Old 01-04-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

Has anyone tried these?

http://www.techspec-usa.com/gs/gripster_sport.html
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:15 PM   #7
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

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I almost bought a bra for mine but i ended up buying this tank protector.
http://www.oneidasuzuki.com/store/pa...sv6501000.html

sorry about your luck
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I used to run glass-masks (tankbra's) on every bike, and I had decent luck with them. But I pulled the bra off about once every couple of weeks to clean and polish things. Leaving the bra on for too long does more harm than good.

Now I just use the little center pads on all my tanks to protect from my belly/zippers/buckles and what not and have had better luck.

The sides of the tank still get worn looking, where your legs rub. But occasional clear-coat polishes (very very very gentle polishes) and liberal use of wax combined with regular cleanings keep things look pretty darn good for quite some time.

But the reality is, if you use it, its going to get wear marks. No matter what you do, it won't always look new unless you never ride it.

Just polish the tank, wax it up, get a center tank protector and just ride the thing. It's just a motorcycle.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:16 PM   #8
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

I took mine off after I noticed some dulling of the clearcoat. I regularly waxed under the bra but I could see it was doing more damage than good. The Tankslapper looks like the ticket.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:00 AM   #9
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

I can't wait until these stoopid things (tank bras) go away. They're butt ugly and usually do more damage than good. Why ruin the good looks of a bike just to make the tank nice and shiny for the next person who buys the bike. Enjoy YOUR bike! Go Braless! (ladies too) Sorry for the rant....I feel better now.
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:01 PM   #10
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Re: Tank Bra Scratching Tank

I couldn't agree more Canyonchaser. I had thought about putting a tank bra on after a giant bug hit the inside of my knee and made a bit of a mess of the clearcoat. I'm going to stick with wax and cleaning.
Besides I get much more enjoyment from riding it than looking at it. haha.
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