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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tank Knee grips....

* disclaimer- If you use these, and use these as they are meant to be used, then nothing to see here, move along.

But if you are fairly new to the 'SportBike' riding position, and/or don't have any gripping pads on the rear sides of your tank, then this discussion is for you somewhat.

I have often seen posts, by experienced riders, that complain about wrist pain, etc.
Now maybe they just have a bum wrist, maybe 2 of them?
I think in many cases, it's that they don't clamp their knees on the tank with the the balls/front 1/2 of the foot on the peg!
When doing this and if you have any fitness at all, it is so easy to lift your but slightly off the seat- as in for bumps, etc. Try it with your knees clamped to a grip pad, and without your knees clamped. You'll see a BIG difference- the knee grip/ball of feet position being almost effortless.

This position/technique also takes MOST of the pressure OFF your hands and wrists!
Using your Torso/Trunk muscles makes it so much more comfortable!

Not to mention the the outside leg gripping the knee pad on spirited cornering!

Here's a pic with the ones I use; MOST people use StompGrips, or TechSpecs. I have even used the foot grip pads from Harbor Freight! Self adhesive, and cut to fit.
I wanted something different, and blue. They even have GSXR stamped on them!
And I wanted Blue, not black of clear.



As I said in my disclaimer, Most people here already use a Tank knee grip pad better then I do. This is for those who don't, and to try it out!

Thanks for looking
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you went through a great explanation without telling us, what kind you use, lol
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you went through a great explanation without telling us, what kind you use, lol
The Blue ones in the Pic, that say GSXR in silver on one end;
were bought off FleaBay- they were for a 600 GSXR.
I trimmed them some, and stuck them on with 3M exterior two sided tape.

I like the different look, and they work great!

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I have Tech Spec on my street tank and had Stomp Grip on the track tank. Both worked well for their intended purposes. Switched it up on the track tank this year with HT Moto.

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Stomp grips are essential for track riding. Personally, I think you need a lot more but I am guessing it's because of the decals on your tank that is stopping you from having more in terms of height.
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Stomp grips are essential for track riding. Personally, I think you need a lot more but I am guessing it's because of the decals on your tank that is stopping you from having more in terms of height.
Stomp Grips are a brand name- but you knew that.
I think they're essential for street riding also, locking you knees in to take nearly all the pressure off your hands on the bars, etc.

I'm not tall, w/ a 30" inseam, and my knee grip pads are perfect for me.
MY knee doesn't go higher or lower when using them- which is most of the time.
And yes, when I"m doing twisties on country roads, they work great too.

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Stomp grips are essential for track riding. Personally, I think you need a lot more but I am guessing it's because of the decals on your tank that is stopping you from having more in terms of height.
I was going to comment about the same thing but thought if it's working for you....

I'm a bit over 6ft but also have a 30-31" inseam. I needed to raise the rear sets over an inch from stock to put my knee in a good position on the tank. My knee used to be where your pad is now, and would be off the top of your pad now. Just a little ankle flex, locks my knee into the ridge on tank now.

I thought the new position would be cramped and painful, but was actually more rested after a session as I did not have to lift my butt as much to clear my legs when sliding off the saddle.
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Stomgrip is great
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So,

Same bike/tank, and I actually got a little tired of these Knee pads/grips- mainly b/c the plastic isn't soft/kinda hard and those little nipples on those blue Ebay ones were digging in to my pants, leathers, etc. too much and kinda didn't feel good.

So, I took them off and the 2 sided rubber stuff holding them on, after I purchased an inexpensive set supposedly cut for my tank off Flea Bay recently.

So I put these on. They're much thinner, but still a lot softer and should work well. I cleaned the tank w/ alcohol (rubbing kind, I wouldn't waste any good Vodka of such), and applied these that came with a 3m adhesive backing.

This time, I covered some of the decal too- 'cz my knee does indeed go there.

I think I'm going to like these better, they were about $10 shipped.




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So what are the new knee pads you got? $10.00 is in my budget. I'd like something for my blue L1 600. I grip the tank with my knees to take weight off my wrists, but tank pads would help so much more.
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So what are the new knee pads you got? $10.00 is in my budget. I'd like something for my blue L1 600. I grip the tank with my knees to take weight off my wrists, but tank pads would help so much more.
Indeed, I agree. I think they do the most work when using my core and bending my elbows and getting weight off the hands/grips too.

Look on Ebay and/or Amazon for them. Lots of choices, some are generic, some are cut to fit certain bikes, etc.

They seemed to work well on a semi-spirited ride today after watching the live MotoGp this morning.
I'll keep them for now.
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I read this whole thread, I do not currently have or never had on any bike tank grips. I do grip my tank with my knees/thighs especially around turns over bumps etc, i thought I did a pretty good job with out them until I read this thread I never gave these pads any thought I have seen them on a lot of bikes but did not realize they could improve riding much I don’t have a issue with my wrist other than I would like to shorten my throttle pull on my bike to gain full throttle with out having to adjust my wrist/hands. Based on everything I read on these pads I should give them a try. Ty for the info and the thread
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I read this whole thread, I do not currently have or never had on any bike tank grips. I do grip my tank with my knees/thighs especially around turns over bumps etc, i thought I did a pretty good job with out them until I read this thread I never gave these pads any thought I have seen them on a lot of bikes but did not realize they could improve riding much I donít have a issue with my wrist other than I would like to shorten my throttle pull on my bike to gain full throttle with out having to adjust my wrist/hands. Based on everything I read on these pads I should give them a try. Ty for the info and the thread

You're welcome.

Start with a decent set that can be found on Ebay or Amazon, etc.

I started with a really 'redneck' version of an adhesive traction pad from Harbor Freight.
Then went with the blue ones trhat said GSXR on the edge and had little nipples- too hard though (damn, never thought I'd be saying that nipples were too hard in the same sentence!)
I'm now trying these thinner- non skid pads pictuired.

I had to cut the redneck ones form a mat. I did trim the blue ones I had from Ebay- so they wouldn't cover my tank decal.
Now these came in this shape, no mods needed and I did go over the decal some.

The clear stomp grips brand would allow you to see the decals too.
Lots of possibilities

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