Looked for rim tape for my Met

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Looked for rim tape for my Met

Postby New2Scoots on Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:40 am

I always liked the looks of my Metro but for 1 thing; Solid black wheels. Forks, rims, brakes, everything is black. Just always looked unfinished to me & I'm not steady enough with a paint brush. Sort of a shapeless blob of black, both ends. So I decided to find silver rim tape. No problem finding it for my motorcycle. Used it for years. But for 10" wheels it's VERY limited. Found 2 places on Ebay, one from the UK, one from the US. The US seller has lots of colors but no means of choosing what color so I contacted the seller. Waiting to see. If I don't hear back, well I did look into whitewall tires which I've always liked. My Genuine Buddy 170i came with them. The Prima white wall 110/90 should have a diameter of 17.09" vs the 16.3" diameter of my 80/100 Metro tires. That's about a 4.9% taller final drive which shouldn't be too much. But, won't need new tires before 2018. So, waiting on the Ebay guy. Reflective tape can be stretched & bent up to a point. I used straight tape on my motorcycle, 17 & 19" rims. 10" would be all kinked up & torn.
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Re: Looked for rim tape for my Met

Postby New2Scoots on Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:00 pm

Well now there is ONE company in the universe that sells 10" rim tape. Someone figured out that some scooters have 10" wheels & some people like rim tape. So, 10" rim tape! Always a market no one sees. Anyway I just placed my order. Will also paint the black forks silver. I did that on my Vstrom 650 & added silver rim tape to the all black wheels & it looked MUCH better. Very bright at night when light hits it.
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Re: Looked for rim tape for my Met

Postby jeorge7 on Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:26 pm

Interesting. Don't forget to post some pics once you're done installing your rim tape.
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Re: Looked for rim tape for my Met

Postby New2Scoots on Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:41 pm

Got it done. Took 30 minutes, was really hard working behind parts around the rear wheel. No gaps & had 2 spare pieces. 4 sections per wheel side so 16 pieces for both wheels, got 18.Now the hard part. Getting pics on here. Always a fight. Spent 30 minutes trying, gave up & will try again when I'm home again tonight. Gotta go now.
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Re: Looked for rim tape for my Met

Postby New2Scoots on Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:07 pm

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Hard to see in thumbnail micro pics but I really like the look. No longer looks like I just rode through a tar pit. These weren't hard to put on. I'll try to get in a night pic so you can see how bright they are. Anyway this is from "customtaylor33. He's on Amazon.
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