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Looking for a tank pad to protect the tank against my pants/buckle, which looks vintage and cool.

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I have a cafe racer. When I'm leaned over to reach the bars, the zipper of my pants and sometimes my belt buckle touches the tank. I have some slick knee pads which protect where my jeans hit the sides of the tank, but nothing for where my zipper touches it. I can't find anything that doesn't belong on a modern transformer bike. Nothing with the right look.

I found this:

Font Metal Transparency Bumper Label

But apparently when I get on and off the bike my pants also push this around, and it's scratched my tank a little. Which is what I'm trying to avoid. (Nothing a little polish and a microfiber cloth can't fix, but I'm trying to protect the tank not preemptively ruin it). I want something that goes on with adhesive and doesn't attract metal filings (My bike lives in a machine shop)

Does anyone have an idea of something I could use which would look correct on a vintage styled cafe racer and still provide protection to the tank?


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My bike isn't British, so no union jacks. "Leather" doesn't help, I need a link to something I can buy :)

What do you mean leather doesn't help, where do you live that nobody ever throws out an old leather couch or chair that you can't recover some decent real leather off to repurpose into a tank bra :unsure: and there is nothing more vintage then leather on a motorcycle, it's a great material to use and to work with. Leather won't hurt your paint finish but it will protect it just like it does your skin when you wear it as clothing.

Beats the heck out of that big silver fridge magnet you paid 20 bucks for, nobody ever wore a fridge magnet for protection.
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Arguable - depends on what is used to attach the leather tank protector to the tank. Some adhesives will stain the paintwork. I have a genuine factory tank protector for the Aprilia - that sucker has leeched a stain into the paintwork that nothing will remove...except a respray.
You normally hold a bra on with straps
or you could be very clever and use velcro attachments where you can't normally see them
& I bet it's an ordinary old steel saddle tank for a single tube backbone frame, just like when they made cheap motorcycles back in the olden days
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:unsure: you bought a "One design ST Leather Style Tank Pad"
It says right in their advertisement "You won't believe it's not real leather!" :LOL:
It looks like the sole off a moon boot shaped like a tiny car floor mat, it protects a whole 4 square inches of paint at a cost of about 8 bucks per square inch and it still actually destroys the paint on that part of the tank :unsure: does it not ? or is it magnetized ?
Whatever works for you (y)
sunshine ultimately does in any paint or plastic finish I've ever owned.
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