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I pulled this from Thumpertalk, but thought it could be applied to just about any bike, street or trail.

"This works so well I felt I needed to share it with others.

If you know a particular, upcoming ride is going to punish your bike's plastic or metal bodywork, this cheap and easy method will totally prevent it in all but the most extreme circumstances.

"Con-tact" brand clear shelf liner is available at Walmart and dozens of other places. It comes in a 18" x 9' roll and is relatively cheap. It has a backing that peels off and it sticks to plastic or metal body work. It is rubbery, durable, and completely transparent. And best of all, it easily peels right off in a sheet without leaving even a hint of glue after the trip! It will work on almost anything but plastic tanks, engines, or exhausts. (Fuel vapors will excape through plastic tanks and interact with the glue, and extreme heat will melt it. You've been warned.) It can be applied wholy on flat surfaces, or cut into strips and overlapped to conform to any shape. Even if stripped and overlapped, it will still peel off in one large sheet.

Use it to protect almost anything in abnormally severe conditions.... On your metal tank to prevent wear from knees or tank bags; On your side panels under the saddle bags; On your fender under the spare tube; On your rear fender under that 50 pound duffle; On your painted rear rack under the spare gas can. Or just cover anything you know is about to take a beating. It even helps in minor crashes and fall-overs! The possibilities are endless. It works safely on both painted and unpainted surfaces.

Put on 2 or 3 layers under tail bags, saddle bags, or any other heavy loads - or anywhere else if it makes you feel better. No one will even notice it. It easily lasts for weeks and then peels right off in seconds, leaving nothing but a like-new shine. One roll is enough for years of excursions.

I protected my XR650L using this method on a fully loaded, 2000 mile, western leg of the TransAm Trail. I came away without a scratch after almost 2 weeks with heavy things bouncing around on my side panels, layers of abrasive dust, and even dropping it a few times in sandy terrain. There were several others on the trip and no one even noticed I had done it till afterwards, when I jerked it right off to reveal my bike's perfect shine among a crowd of well worn machines!

This is truly one of the best little tricks in motorcycledom. It will prevent wear and tear on those "hardcore" rides and help to keep your bike looking like new and it's resale value high. I have used it on both street and trail bikes without a glitch, but I still suggest you try it in a small, inconspicuous location before going full tilt, just in case.

Good Luck!'




Worth a shot ;)

GB :mrgreen:
 

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Rent and watch the movie: "Johnny Dangerously".....That's how ridiculous this seems to me... :lol: ...... Then again, it could work...... :roll:
 

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Seen the movie, but I'm not quite sure how that relates to clear plastic protection being used on bikes?? It is proven to work on offroad bikes, and plastics (plus decals) being ungodly expensive, I thought it was a good tip. I wish my DRZ rear fender had been covered with it. It's covered in scratches from strapping on various gear... :cry:

At least the offroad crowd here may be able to appreciate a new tip... It's like a giant screen protector for your bike!!


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They covered the get-away car in multiple layers of "shelf liner" so they could change its look quickly...... When I read your post, I laughed thinking of my bike covered in "baby-blue with yellow ducks" shelf liner........
THAT brought back the article I read where a guy covered his bike in the insulation barrier material from microwave ovens figuring the police couldn't catch him with radar 'cause the material wouldn't allow the microwave "beam" to bounce back....
It's amazing how much junk we store in our brains...?..

GB...I wasn't intending to make fun of the idea, just enjoying the amusing visuals my memory served up, and thought I'd share them..... The clear probably does do a good protecting job.......
 

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It's been a loooooonnngg time since I saw that movie. I don't even remember that part of it. I'm pretty burnt though, and the memory comes and goes.. :lol:

I may give this a shot myself..

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