What I will say is that because the bike is black and its such a bright tank pad... you look at the tank pad first, then the bike... not sure if this is what you want from people when they are checkin out your ride...
I have not decided wether I like it or not. I like the colors and the Union Jack theme. I've not had a reason to think I need a tank pad yet - I'm not scratching mine up yet. Until I scratch it, I won't add one.
Well my two cents...I think it looks sharp. I was looking at the same tank pad for my graphite R. I think the same company makes the same one in gray. You can still see the Union Jack but it might be a little more subtle if that is too your likening.
Triumph pad with Tech-Spec grip pads. The flash makes the pad stand-out but in normal light it disappears in the black tank which is why I bought it.
I did not like the shape of the Tech Spec grip pads so I re-cut them (they are meant for the Daytona and did not quite follow the seat on the ST).
I did not like the way the Triumph pad was glued to the tank and let dirt collect in there either so I cut my own adhesive instead.
I left the bottom open for moisture to evacuate, but sealed the top and sides.
I'm just wondering why people use the side pads on their tank - and I know quite a few comments have been made about marking the side of the tank with your knees - so I wonder whether the gel seat offers the advantage of moving less on the saddle - as I cleaned my R with gel seat today and noticed no marks on the tank sides
The gel seat doesn't stop your thighs from sliding up the tank (I just installed a Gel-Seat on my bike) and the tank grips are still well used.
I noticed the use of the grips mostly in the relieved pressure in my wrists and better body (my body) stability it turns because before I put them on if I was leaning really hard while griping the tank with my legs my inner thigh would really be trying to come over the top edge of the tank.
I think they're the best thing I've done to my bike with the gel seat a close 2nd.
Hey Aaron, Now there's the thing I can relate to: pressure on wrists - although I haven't noticed anything else regarding moving around the tank too much, I do feel my wrists after a while - picture me pondering:huh:
It helped me a TON. I used to start to feel the pressure just after 45 minutes or so. I've spent HOURS now riding with out feeling pressure.
What really made the cake was a set of gel grips. I noticed after installing the tank grips that after many hours on the bike my arms would feel like they've been taking a steady current of electricity for hours. Adding gel grips along with the tank grips has all but completely gotten rid of arm discomfort on the Striple.
Thanks for the input Aaron, just one last question - how tall are you? I'm only 5'6", and don't have the same part of my legs touching the tank, in fact only my knees really, and that ties in nicely with comfortable riding, on the whole
My heated grips are a bit thicker thatn the originals I think, and so maybe that's helping a little too, as I don't get the same electric sensation as you - mind you, can't say that I've yet has time to spend "many hours" on my StripleR
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