Tank Guards

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by The Misinformant, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. EdGear

    EdGear Edventurer

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    My CF guards are working well protecting my bike. They are beginning to show signs of wear. I understand Kevlar is a more abrasive resistant material. Has anyone wrapped a set of the Carbon Fiber guards with a layer of Kevlar? With what ever resins are required?
    Ed
  2. salute

    salute Been here awhile

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    are these still being made? I'm interested in a set for my 640.
  3. RealtorGordonB

    RealtorGordonB Plated Dirt Bike :)

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    Order here, chrisbarnes1@yahoo.com

    This guys email should be in the title of the thread- everytime it hits a new page people ask where to get them.

    recently got mine and installed them a few days ago, I'll take the tape off in a few days and take pics- they look great, well made, good price, reasonably quick to Canada, think I paid by paypal- thanks Chris Barnes- Nice Work

    BTW, a local buddy ordered his, got them similar quick , they look great.
  4. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    I just bought a rattle can of spray on bed liner that did a wonderful job.
  5. bisbonian

    bisbonian Long timer

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    Got mine from Chris today. They are very nice in person, almost too nice to put on the bike just so I can crash it. :deal

    They took a couple of weeks to get here but that's not bad for a hand made piece coming from overseas.

    I give these two big thumbs up :clap
  6. faustinoeldelbarrio

    faustinoeldelbarrio Faustino

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    Those look great:freaky
    how easy is to unplug the fuel hose from the tank once you have them mounted? Where is Chris located (America, Europe)?
    These look like a better option than the metal bars, has anyone painted the kevlar ones?
  7. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Chris is located in the UK but luckily it is easy to post world wide these days. It's good stuff and worth it.
  8. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I think the CF/Kevlar weave looks fine:
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    I was actually going to go with Wolfman's yellow colored tank/saddle bags to match.

    Chris said the kevlar is a biatch to cut (that's what its designed to resist - abrasion/penetration), so make sure you thank him for the request.

    I always used needle nose pliers to open/close the clips on the fuel lines; with the guards they are probably a requirement to easily reach in there.

    Turning the petcock is no longer an option for me while riding; I have to stop to switch it. Not a deal-breaker.
  9. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Chris can use the CF/Kevlar weave (hybrid) fabric, if he wants to fuss with cutting the stuff. I have a set of these:

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    I personally don't think CF is needed. CF is structural, and there's no need for structure because the guards are not braced against anything; the tank still sits on the pucks internally and if hit hard enough that's where it will break first (say when broadsided by a pickup, when you won't give a poop about the tank :). Kevlar is what you want: abrasion and puncture resistance.
  10. EdGear

    EdGear Edventurer

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    Thanks Meat,
    When I replace the guards I'll ask Chris for Kevlar.
    By the way Chris is a great guy, has been very supportive and answered my questions when I moved the guards to my rally tank.
    Ed
  11. jrozar

    jrozar Been here awhile

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    Just sent a PM to Chris for a set and there is a two month so or wait for new orders.....

    Has it been two months yet? How about now?

    I am looking forward to getting the protection for the bike, all the reviews I had read say it is an excellent product!
  12. jrozar

    jrozar Been here awhile

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    Any used ones out there for sale, I've been looking for a set for some time now....
  13. biensur22

    biensur22 litigious poster

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    I am too. Is he still taking orders at all?
  14. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I'm still appreciating my set Chris - thanks for making sets for those of us who can't learn the art.

    My only feedback on them is a minor point: if you made the mold slightly larger than the tank then the finished size might be closer to the tank size and not require heavy adhesives to hold in place. I had hoped to use a fugitive adhesive along with some hard mounts to the tank hardware I had fashioned but they required a more glue strength to hold in place.

    Additional coverage is good as long as it protects the surfaces commonly worn in spills I guess.
  15. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    See, I said it was an art; maybe an engineer could specify that many variables, but for the rest of us its art!

    :beer
  16. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    I've been told off for posting pics outside European vendors--genuine mistake to !!!--only trying to help the community !!!
    If interested then please go to European Vendors for pics of latest versions and progress---all recent posts here deleted !