TechSpec Snake Skin Tank Pads Triumph Daytona 675 / Street Triple 2013-2015
Great features but lacking in durability
Install was easy and quick. The pads are grippy and do a great job of protecting the tank. The only caveat being that on curves the edges of the adhesive may start to come off. When they come off they allow water and other debris to enter the adhesive surface leading to adhesive failure. This causes the pad to start peeling off. On both sides of the tank this has happened in one form or another.
June 29, 2015
Sticky and Grippy
Full on disclaimer before everyone gets to the meat of my review: (1) this is my first set of tank grips and (2) I'm unfamiliar with this segment of the market and all of the options available (tank grip mfgs).
With that said, these are fantastic grips.
My package arrived in 2 days flat from the folks at Revzilla in a relatively small box. In that box my grips were safely encompassed in bubble shipping inserts. Overkill? Perhaps. The important thing is that they arrived in one piece and not creased.
The grips come in no-frills packaging. All three grips are inside of a plastic bag that has a folded piece of cardboard covering them which is held together by two staples. The thin piece of cardboard doubles as an instruction manual for the application of the grips.
Installing these grips is relatively straight forward but if you want a proper, precise fit you can go a step or two further by spending an additional 5 mins and watching some youtube videos.
I used the following for my install:
- 70% rubbing alcohol
- heat gun
- paper towel (can substitute for a microfiber cloth)
- painter's tape
I used the painter's tape to create a visual outline of where the grips would go. I won't go into too much detail since there are several youtube videos out there showing this process. What this will allow you to do is to line the grips up without actually applying them and removing them over and over again which will weaken the adhesive.
After finalizing the outline of the grips, wipe down the area with a paper tower/microfiber cloth that's lightly soaked in rubbing alcohol. Rub until dry and remove any lint.
Pre-heat the grips with your heat gun on a low setting until you feel the protective (white) cover on the back get warm but not uncomfortably hot.
Line your grips up to the outline of the painter's tape and slowly begin to peel and apply being careful to smooth the grip out as you do so. Rinse and repeat for the next two.
The instructions tell you to let them sit for 12 hrs but I went out and rode shortly after applying these and with great results! I no longer slide into the tank under hard braking or acceleration and as odd as this sounds these grips have a very pleasant smell to them weeks after installation. I must say I highly recommend them and have no reason to try another brand since these were worth every penny and then some.
June 1, 2015
Great improvement on feeling the ride.
Installed quickly and easily. Ensure to check after install that all corners stick. Will be fine after some time in the sun. I like the extra thickness. Gives a better comfort.
May 27, 2015
Perfect For Reducing Seat Movement
I ride a 2014 Triumph Daytona 675. I noticed braking and accelerating at times would cause my body to shift forward and backwards which caused me to adjust my body position too often. After research I decided on these which look great and had good reviews.
Installation: Very Easy. I installed during the winter and did not warm my bike up much, but they adhered easily and after riding the next day, I found no issues of it staying intact.
Riding: My only issue is the cut of the material for the tank or it could be the shape of the take in relation to where the side of my knee rests. Only the lower portion of my leg, right below my knee rests on the grips unless I intentionally point my knee downward. When riding in my comfortable position, my knee sits higher than the grips. I dont fully blame the manufacturer but it could be an issue for others.
I would still recommend this product because it has greatly reduced body movement on my bike and I feel more control when braking, accelerating and on corners.
May 14, 2015
Done in no time, Snake Skin pad for STriple
Very easy install...I mean this thing is maybe a .5 on the beard scale of difficulty. The only reason it even gets a .5 is because lining up the side pads took a bit of thought and preparation. Very easy install...clean the tank, make sure it's warm (I used the wife's hair dryer as recommended by the manufacture to heat up the tank), decide where you want them and apply like it's a sticker. I got them last night so I haven't ridden with them yet...that'll be done here in a few...but that's why I gave them a 4 on performance. I know they'll do the job though. Nice thick pad with tons of grip and appear to be able to take a beating, I'll re-post if any of my assumptions are way off. thanks for the ridiculously fast shipping Revzilla!
May 14, 2015
Awesome, and didn't need to cut to fit
These are great. I held off for a long time on getting anything but a pad for the front, but figured I'd give these a try because of the reviews. Seriously, these will save your tank from the inevitable scuffing your pants will cause (I'm sure this is their primary benefit), and they have the side benefit of keeping you glued to your bike. I didn't have to modify my grips, and my bike is black, so it looks great too.
May 4, 2015
Increases comfort for riding longer distances and looks great.
I got these because I noticed I was sliding on the seat too much during a hard acceleration when I was alone and deceleration when I had a passenger. They form to the tank very well and are secure. I also wanted something that didn't take away from the looks of my '14 675R, like some of the really tacky looking tank pads I have seen before. They do enhance the look of the bike.
April 20, 2015
Thicker than previous years
These tank pads are thicker than their predecessors, which is a good thing. They feel stickier and grippier. Easy to install. A good addition to the bike.
April 20, 2015