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Aug 22nd 2016, 06:49 PM   #1
 r6jon's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  West Linn, OR

  2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, on 17's :)
Looking for clear protective tape

I am looking for some clear or even transparent tape to use as a barrier between some saddlebags and the rear plastics on my bike. I would like to get something around a 2" wide roll that would be easy to apply around all the curves and still be easy to peel up and not leave any residue. What are your thoughts?
Aug 22nd 2016, 07:44 PM   #2
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
packaging tape... tho i personally would just duck tape a peace of cardboard in place to give them something to rub on, and as for any residue use a paper towel with some zippo fluid on it
Aug 22nd 2016, 08:11 PM   #3
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Does it have to be clear?

There's a type of tape available that is white and does pretty much what you're looking for. It's kind of like electrical tape in flexibility and durability but will not leave any adhesive residue when removed. I have to look at the roll I have to see who makes it.

There's also the option of the clear vinyl used to protect paint on the front end of cars. It's available on eBay precut for specific applications and universal quantities.
Aug 22nd 2016, 08:22 PM   #4
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
There's a product called something like 'Number Plate Plastic' that's adhesive-backed, is very flexible, slightly cushy, and durable, (much better than packaging tape). It comes in a flat sheet with a peel-off backing, and is available in colors and clear. It's probably used to cut out and secure numbers to a racing plate. I'm sure that's not the correct name, but you may be able to find something like that at a bike shop.

There's also a product called 'Gaffer's Tape' that comes on a roll in different colors and widths, and leaves no residue. It's used to tape down electrical cables at concerts. See http://www.seismicaudiospeakers.com/...FUqRfgodm2kJCQ

Edited by MarvTravis on Aug 22nd 2016 at 08:34 PM
Aug 22nd 2016, 08:28 PM   #5
 Cougar's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
https://www.amazon.com/Patco-5865-He...rotective+tape
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Aug 23rd 2016, 06:21 AM   #6
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2017 KLR650
How about clear Contact(tm) paper from Fred Meyer for the cheap fix?
Aug 23rd 2016, 07:26 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SilvieFox
packaging tape... tho i personally would just duck tape a peace of cardboard in place to give them something to rub on, and as for any residue use a paper towel with some zippo fluid on it
Some of us have nicer bikes than others and care about the finishes. Obvious examples aren't helpful despite the good intention.
Aug 23rd 2016, 08:30 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
Some of us have nicer bikes than others and care about the finishes. Obvious examples aren't helpful despite the good intention.
ummm ok... and my suggestion was to protect the finish and not cover it in tape
Aug 23rd 2016, 08:31 AM   #9
 PeteN95's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
I like "helicopter tape", which is a heavy duty Polyurethane tape used on helicopter blades. Here is a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Translucent-H...SIN=B00S0I9TCE
Aug 23rd 2016, 11:25 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  here

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3M clear vinyl is also an inexpensive solution
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Aug 23rd 2016, 11:33 AM   #11
 Spydrmon's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Bothell

Another option that comes to mind are cat scratch protectors used for furniture. They are thick and durable. Almost all options will leave some sort of residue after removal due to weather exposure.
Aug 23rd 2016, 01:45 PM   #12
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by jared p
3M clear vinyl is also an inexpensive solution
A little googling will probably turn up a kit pre-cut for your specific bike. As I recall, this stuff doesn't use adhesive - it's a static cling.
Aug 23rd 2016, 02:13 PM   #13
 wooden's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Another vote for clear vinyl. Bought a few sheets of it online a while ago and use it on all kinds of things.
Aug 23rd 2016, 08:08 PM   #14
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  Mar 2016
  West Linn, OR

  2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, on 17's :)
Cougar wins the challenge and is awarded 2,000 points! Use them wisely. Thank you all for your ideas on the application as well, I will also look at the contact paper.
Aug 24th 2016, 05:40 AM   #15
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  Apr 2016
  Salem

You got another set of saddlebags, oh goodie! When do I get this set? The last set you gave me has a nice hole burned in them from the exhaust. Whoopsie!
You gonna deliver my new saddlebags or do I have to go get them ��
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