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I've asked the dealer if there any OEM tank protectors for this gorgeous machine, and waiting for a reply.

What about you guys? Receive any recommendations or have other ideas?

Maybe it's just me being a bit much, but would hate to have found I scratched the tank after I got home from some spirited riding!
 

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Tank Protector

Ducati make a nice black carbon protector with a small Ducati badge on it. They also make a clear protector.
 

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Ducati make a nice black carbon protector with a small Ducati badge on it. They also make a clear protector.
Thanks...

A search on Amazon finds this clear one for the Panigale. Haven't found one yet for the SuperSport.
 

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Ducati generally sells one specific to each model. No reason for me to believe it will be any different for the SS, although early owners might get a bike before it is available.....lets hope not. Although Ducati designs one for each bike, I did not care for the one they offered for my 1200R so I had a tank protector made and installed by one of those clear bra installers. Cost was close to a factory protector and it was virtually invisible.

Strongly advise to avoid the clear protectors. They require a 100% perfect installation to avoid showing any bubbles or adhesion defects. Most people installing one will initially gently lay it in place, anticipating they may have to make slight adjustments. With a clear one, those slight adjustments will cause adhesion defects which become permanently visible. The non-clear ones will hide those defects.

Also beware of those generic ones from the interweb. Their material and design quality is inconsistent with a Ducati.

Just monitor the Ducati web site accessory page for the SS and I'll bet a protector listing will appear before deliveries commence.
 

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Wots with you guys!?!
I should have looked at the accessories page before wasting time posting the above.
Don't know how long one has been available, but it certainly is listed there now.
 

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I see the carbon one...
 

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Ducati show quite a selection of accessories already for the Supersport. Have you not looked?

Ducati: bikes, dealers and racing

Ok, go on to the Ducati website, US one is fine.
Look for Equipment, click on this, then accessories, then on Supersport, then a box opens up on the right hand side. Click the down arrow next to model, click new supersport, Then just click search, this will show all the currently available new parts including the tank protector which is really quite nice.
 

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Definitely tons of accessories there to go through. The tank protector does look really nice as well. Carbon fiber goodness. For reference, this is what it looks like.

 

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I recently had a the zipper replaced on my favorite riding jacket. Unfortunately I didn't consider specifying a nylon zipper and didn't think twice when the tailor replaced it with a metal one. DUH.

So I go off on weekend trip and take my second gas stop and I see the tank's clear coat is gouged with three good sized scratches. The plastic tank protector wasn't wide enough I believe I must've scratched it getting on or off the bike.

So I realize I have problem and go to the Dollar Store and get some clear packing tape. And it actually does the job and I didn't do anymore damage to the tank and enjoyed 1200 miles of riding.

Yesterday I took the bike to shop that puts on vinyl paint protector bras on cars. So I had him do the back and top of the tank as well as the rear seat cowl. It looks great. The scratches are barely noticeable since there is another clear coat over it. He also got rid of that ugly tank protector that was already looking a little ratty.

We'll see how it holds up but it looks nice and shiney.
 

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I placed 2 small pieces of 3M clear on either side of tank protector as my nylon jacket was scuffing tank a little.
 

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Yesterday I took the bike to shop that puts on vinyl paint protector bras on cars. So I had him do the back and top of the tank as well as the rear seat cowl. It looks great. The scratches are barely noticeable since there is another clear coat over it. He also got rid of that ugly tank protector that was already looking a little ratty.

We'll see how it holds up but it looks nice and shiney.
I've been considering this myself - what was the cost if I may ask? I am not a fan of the cobra-shaped protectors and also am worried about the passenger seat cowl as I frequently carry a backpack.
 

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I've been considering this myself - what was the cost if I may ask? I am not a fan of the cobra-shaped protectors and also am worried about the passenger seat cowl as I frequently carry a backpack.
I paid $200 for a custom job. It took the installer several hours. That was for the tank and the seat cowl.

I think the tank slapper deal for $17 sounds like a winner. Although I might still spring for pro install.
 

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As LowRyter mentioned - it isn't so much the material as the skills. Badly done and you're just peeling it off and cleaning it up. Thanks for the info!
 

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I bought a tank protector from TankSlapper a while ago and am just getting around to putting it on my matte white tank. It's supposed to go on before/under a tank pad. Problem is that I already have a nice and somewhat pricey Ducati pad on my tank. The TankSlapper guy thought I could pull up the old pad and reapply it after installing the film. I have my doubts about it being able to re-adhere to the tank/film, plus I'm a bit nervous about damaging the matte finish on the tank when I pull off the pad. An alternative is possibly trimming the film around the pad before installing it or maybe trim it in-place with a blade before it dries, yikes, would take some high precision to not make a mistake and make it look correct. If there are no concerns about pulling up an old pad I might be able to use spray adhesive to re-apply it. Anybody face this situation yet?
 
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