Tank pads have been in the motorcycle news recently. Long adopted by track day enthusiasts on sports bikes, notable MotoGP stars seem to have restored their fortunes in part by making their tanks grippier. But locking your legs securely on your bike is also useful off-road, so the new BMW R 1200 GS Tank Pad Set from Wunderlich should help you on dirt and Tarmac.
Obviously with motorcycle tank pads, there’s not a huge amount of information to write about. The BMW R 1200 GS Tank Pad Set from Wunderlich will also fit the Rallye models.
And there are actually two choices of size available, with a compact version which will sit under the decals on the GS Rallye and Exclusive. Rather than the full-size versions which would look a bit odd stuck over the existing stickers.
Both versions will help you grip the BMW tank more securely with your knees. That helps you keep a good riding position on the road. And means you can reduce the amount of effort on your arms, particularly under braking. Then when you’re on the dirt, you can get better, more stable position stood up on the footpegs. Which means less chance of sliding off, particularly when dust and mud can made things a bit slippery.
The BMW R 1200 GS Tank Pad Set from Wunderlich comes with self-adhesive on the back to attach them. And the design follows the line of the tank. With a similar colour and texture to other black parts on the GS, they won’t look odd. And they’ll also protect the paintwork from dents, scratches and rubbing wear.
The Tank Pad Sets are designed to fit all 2017-on liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS models. Both the full-size and compact versions will cost you £45.