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post #1 of 36 Old 08-16-2007, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Tank Grip

Just installed some Tech Spec Gripster Sport Snakeskin tank grips from these guys: http://www.techspec-usa.com/gs/honda.html

They don't make a custom one for the 919, so I had to use their universal kit and cut it to fit. I'm pleased with the results, took awhile with paper and pencil to get a good pattern, and a lot of patience and a steady hand to cut the rubber smoothly, but the final result looks pretty good IMO.

The stuff grips like crazy, took care of the sliding forward in the seat problem and I have more control over the bike cornering and stopping. It's held on with some miracle adhesive that can be peeled off and reused, I peeled each side off once during installation before I got it line up perfectly.

I stuck on the center buckle/zipper protector that came with the kit, not sure if I like it or not, but definitely like the looks of the side grips. Compliment the asphalt black and carbon fiber accents I think.



Need to touch up that rust starting on the lower left of my tank, more noticeable in the pics than in real life






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post #2 of 36 Old 08-17-2007, 03:54 AM
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Looks good, Scott. Form and function nicely done.

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Hey, that looks familiar We should combine this thread with the other thread on this subject. Of course, you did a much more elegant job of cutting. Dang, do I have to start over now? Nice job!
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Don't suppose you saved your pencil and paper "stencil"? Don't suppose that if you did, you could scan it and post it so we could print it out as a starting point? That would be awesome. I really like the shape you cut out.

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Don't suppose you saved your pencil and paper "stencil"? Don't suppose that if you did, you could scan it and post it so we could print it out as a starting point? That would be awesome. I really like the shape you cut out.
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I could certainly trace mine and scan it, but Scott's is nicer, so you are probably referring to his. Let me know, I can do whatever.

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Don't suppose you saved your pencil and paper "stencil"? Don't suppose that if you did, you could scan it and post it so we could print it out as a starting point? That would be awesome. I really like the shape you cut out.

Thanks!! I still have the pattern in my garage, since I never seem to throw anything away. Good idea, I'll scan and post it.

The universal kit comes with several patterns for common sport bikes, but none came close to fitting the unique 919 tank shape. I made a few different patterns, had one with the front edge coming to a long point, decided it looked best rounded off though.

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Not to get off topic but...

Is that your bike tpirman? It's looking great, you got any more photos?
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Hey, that looks familiar We should combine this thread with the other thread on this subject. Of course, you did a much more elegant job of cutting. Dang, do I have to start over now? Nice job!

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Thanks!! I still have the pattern in my garage, since I never seem to throw anything away. Good idea, I'll scan and post it.

The universal kit comes with several patterns for common sport bikes, but none came close to fitting the unique 919 tank shape. I made a few different patterns, had one with the front edge coming to a long point, decided it looked best rounded off though.

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Don't suppose you saved your pencil and paper "stencil"? Don't suppose that if you did, you could scan it and post it so we could print it out as a starting point? That would be awesome. I really like the shape you cut out.
Ok, here's my pattern for the tank grip, should just be able to print it out

http://www.filenanny.com/files/46c9b...Pattern919.TIF

By the way, I removed the center protector, decided it was ugly. Have a carbon fiber tank protector ordered, hopefully it will look better.

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Thanks for the patttern!

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Yeah thanks...gonna go place my order!

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Rust on tank

The auto detail suppliers have an auto door trim made of tuff bendable plastic that fits on the gas tank seam perfect, if you use the 1/16"x3/8". It raises the selling price of your bike $500. The grip looks good.

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Thank you for the pattern
very nicely done

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Ok, here's my pattern for the tank grip, should just be able to print it out

http://www.filenanny.com/files/46c9b...Pattern919.TIF

By the way, I removed the center protector, decided it was ugly. Have a carbon fiber tank protector ordered, hopefully it will look better.
Love it! Thanks a million man!

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Thanks for the pattern, this is next on my do list!

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Just a couple words of advice, I used sharp scissors to cut out the grip per the directions, but still had a somewhat rough edge. I took a sanding block with medium grit sandpaper and worked all around the edge of the grip while it still had the paper on the adhesive, smoothed it out nicely. Also cleaned the tank with rubbing alcohol first to remove wax and dirt, then re-waxed around the grip once installed. Good luck!

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you said that you pulled off the grips a few times to place it right and the glue didnt stay on tank. but will the glue stay on the tank when you remove the pad after that have been on there a while. just thinking ahead for a sell.

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you said that you pulled off the grips a few times to place it right and the glue didnt stay on tank. but will the glue stay on the tank when you remove the pad after that have been on there a while. just thinking ahead for a sell.
From TechSpec's website:

TechSpec's "Motorcycle Gripster Tank Grips" introduce an old, yet new concept and skill to riding a motorcycle. By griping the tank with their legs, a rider can improve the overall control of a motorcycle, control of their body weight, and obtain a more positive seat position. Improved control of the riders body weight will help improve overall handling. Increased control equals a smoother, less fatigued, and more enjoyable ride.

TechSpec received the opportunity to work with one of the world leaders in PSA development. TechSpec performed the testing and feedback while the adhesive manufacture developed the adhesive. With this joint effort, TechSpec has created one of, if not the best raw material and adhesive combinations on today’s market. This means a solid product that not only stands up to abuse but does not leave any adhesive residue should you choose to remove your GRIPSTERS for a new GRIPSTER kit. Truly a step above!

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awesome, thanks for the info.

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I could certainly trace mine and scan it, but Scott's is nicer, so you are probably referring to his. Let me know, I can do whatever.
Tpirman, could you please trace and post your tank grip shape ?? I really like how it looks and I just received the snake skin.. Thanks a lot - Serge

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A couple of people have written me to ask for my tank grip pattern as the link in this thread is no longer active. Here it is again:

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...Pattern919.jpg

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Great job!
Any chance you could repost the pattern(s)? I was unable to access Filenanny...

Thanks in advance

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Uh...Rescue, check the post above yours. :P

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Thank you Sbeau1960

I thank you and my boys thank you no more sliding on the saddle !
It took over an hour to cut and bevel the grips and I'm happy with the results but I would recommend sending the pattern to spec-tech and let them do it. I think It's only $13.00 more.


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You're welcome, looks great! Nice job with the beveling!

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Anyone have the high fusion tank grip?

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Tank pad pattern

Thanks for posting the pattern you used. I will come in handy .

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Clear pads?

I'd love to have pads on my tank, but mine is silver and I don't really want a big black spot on it. Anybody know of a grippy pad thats clear?





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stomp grip and spec-tech have clear

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Thanks guys, I didn't know about stomp pads, and I have not seen the techspec stuff in clear yet, although I just sent them an email to see if it's available. I really like their snake skin stuff. Guess I'll wait and see..





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Custom LED Rear lights w/ Vizi-tech flasher
Competition Works Fender Eliminator, modified
Front 3-way LED Turn Signals flushmount via cbr1000r
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ASV shorty clutch and front brake levers - Black W/Red Adj.
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I thank you and my boys thank you no more sliding on the saddle !
It took over an hour to cut and bevel the grips...
Hey Mark, how did you bevel the edges like that? They look perfect.

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If someone wants to send me the tracing I can scale it in cad and export it in a vectorized PDF. It would be a tiny file and would print perfectly.

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