You got your new boots- check! You got your new riding Jacket, gloves and pants- check, check and...check!
Got your helmet? Check!
Of course you have every cozy protective gear for your bike but, perhaps, there remains once last problem. That problem is the lack of grip that your lower body and/or upper legs have in their connection to your gas tank and bike control.
We cut the whole adhesive backing panel out in order to get a feel for the position of the grip placement etc. Get a good idea of placement and work with some water based markers or paint tape etc.
Shut-the-*-UP! You reply so smugly to our wonderful Squirrel staff. “How Insulting!” you exclaim when we suggest a product that has been around for quite some time! This is not NEW...(Say it like Noowha! CA style- sorry CA!) you think, as a matter of fact Stomp Grip seems to go in and out of trend in the Motoworld all the time. There are plenty of products that have mimicked or “Aped” this product since coming out on the scene years ago.
There are many motorcycle tank protection products made of various plastics, kevlars, carbon and other grippy or protective materials to choose from. But not many that succeed in protecting your bike, giving you grip around the tank (Not just for racing- we’ll discuss further down) AND also while reducing minute vibrations in a steel tank if your bike suffers from higher frequency shaky shake!
Prior to peeling, you can re-draw and cut down the pattern(s) to the size or shape that is best for your bike and usage. If you are not so visually acute- have someone else take a look. Remember that these clear examples won't look tan!
For many of you new riders out there or experienced riders who have never considered StompGrip type(s) of covering on your equipment before, let us explain briefly and generally why and how it is and CAN be used as hinted above.
In a forever quest by racers of the GP and sport variety to give themselves a better connection to their bikes as they make sharp bends, weighting and unweighting the moto, as well as countersteering and braking- the quest is realized when they have found a product or combination of products that allows a grabbing of the tank with their legs.
YOU don't have to get as precise as we did here....! Heck- We didn't have to get as precise as we did here!
Grabbing the tank with both legs allows the rider to have a more loose and controlled steering grip in the front without accidental whiskey throttle etc. When a rider can grip the tank beneath him/her there is an infinite possibility of body position fore and aft, hanging off angles, leg down without slipping and less muscle aches and calorie burn from just trying to hold on!
Updates in OUR usage:
Sure, having more grip on your sport bike is cool, sounds cool, looks cool and you know ...is COOL. With the above product usage definition there is no need to look further right? Wrong!
StompGrip (And any close wannabe’s- Just buy the REAL thing darn-it!) have many more benefits than just rider control!
Here are a few to consider:
All apologies for the fuzzy photo here! You get the idea!
StompGrip- The Good, the bad and the Ugly:
Well, we already raved about this product above- so we will list some of the “Ugly”...
Stompgrip instructions recommend using a lower temp heat gun to both heat the tank (or body) surface prior to adhesion. They recommend reheating and pressing as well while working the material flat and you can still pull the sides a bit while hot etc. We found a pro-grade hair dryer worked fine!
Disclaimer: Please consult a professional before daring to do anything whatsoever! Even using the bathroom!- Ha!
The Good: STOMPGRIP!
We at Motosquirrel recommend this product highly!
Via Revzilla: Universal Streetbike Clear Variant (Will take you to the Rev page so watch out!
Pricing: About $47.00 U.S. (Worth every penny in our book!)
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