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bicycle handlebar grip tape as a horn handguard?

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04 Aug 2012 10:14 - 04 Aug 2012 10:53 #607 by Paul Litterio
I'm trying to find the perfect handguard for my Yamaha667 Hatch conversion. I have tried a few, none really fit the horn properly. I have pretty acidic oily skin that turns green and turns the horn green very quickly. Has anyone ever used bicycle handlebar grip tape, would it be a good idea to try?

I know I would feel really weird bringing my horn to a bicylce repair shop.
Last edit: 04 Aug 2012 10:53 by Paul Litterio. Reason: misspellings

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10 Sep 2012 08:53 #615 by Brian Blanchard
Replied by Brian Blanchard on topic bicycle handlebar grip tape as a horn handguard?
I've never done it, but as a long-time cyclist, I'd suggest you find the tape without adhesive backing since I don't know what the adhesive would do to the lacquer, and it makes quite a mess on handlebars (cyclists don't care, because it gets covered up by the new tape).

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24 Sep 2012 09:23 #624 by Jeremy Cucco
Replied by Jeremy Cucco on topic bicycle handlebar grip tape as a horn handguard?
It's an older question, but I'll throw in my $.02.

The problem with grip tape (cycle or tennis racket) is that it does nothing to stop sweat from getting through.

I've done more than my share of cleanings on horns and invariably, when someone brings in a horn with grip tape on it, I have THEM remove it. Every time, without fail, there is significant corrosion below the grip tape. In one case, it was bad enough, it had eaten all the way through the pipe guard and bell branch and was the only thing keeping air from leaking out. (And this was a custom Alex 200 with ascending 3rd... $$$$$).

Pope Repair and Brass Arts Unlimited sell Leather Specialties hand grips that are perfectly sized for a 667 and have appropriate protection against sweat and corrosion.

Cheers-
Jeremy

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