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Passenger scuffing

Postby hap2 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:07 pm



A 'freind' of mine wanted to go for a ride, so I took her. After I noticed the paint was scuffed & a little scratched where she had put her heals. Made me a tad p-oed. Anyway, other than not giving her a ride anymore (which I really don't wanna do), how to fix the minor damage & how to prevent it from happeneing again in the future? I thot of heavy cloth booties to wrap around shoes, but don't really wanna do that either. Just wanna keep it lookin nice. Thanx



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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby NVSB4 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:06 pm

Hap,
You didn't say where the paint was scuffed, but I have some of these Saddlebag Kick Plates on my bike that might be an idea.
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby hap2 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:34 am

Sorry. The scuffing is on the upper left corner of the right panel cover. I have the chrome saddlebag kickback plates which is nice.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby dingdong » Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:11 am

You could always show her the damage and politely ask her to be more careful. Or not?? If the damage is just scuff marks I would use Mothers liquid aluminum wheel polish as the first step (not as harsh as rubbing compound on the clear coat, I use this on my bikes all the time) and then buff it out with paste wax.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby hap2 » Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:01 am

I asked her to be more careful & showed her the damage. I buffed most of it our with Lucas Slick Mist (works wonders). Showing her the damage & asking her to be more careful doesn't guarantee things will change. Even hearing her say "sorry" doesn't fix anything when it comes right down to it. I shuda said every time you do damage (however minor) it will cost you $20.00. I'm seriously thinking of getting another female friend of mine (who'se heavy duty into knitting to knit me some big wool bike booties for people to wear. I mean I hate to b like this, but I'd like to protect my stuff & try to keep it looking nice

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby oldbikes » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:29 pm

It's a bit different in my world. Don't mind maintaining things and trying to keep things decent however something like this would be a Beauty Mark to me!
Some day down the road I'd look at that scuff and say to my self,,,, Wonder what old what's her name doing now? We went for a few rides had some fun on the Wing and she left me something to remember her by. BTW I'm assuming she didn't do this on purpose.

I guess Friendships and caring for a person are more important to me than a chunk of Plastic and Aluminum. She might come to my funeral my cars and bikes not so likely.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby mikelens » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:14 pm

oldbikes wrote:It's a bit different in my world. Don't mind maintaining things and trying to keep things decent however something like this would be a Beauty Mark to me!
I guess Friendships and caring for a person are more important to me than a chunk of Plastic and Aluminum.

Well said sir.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby fixdent » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:14 pm

you can also get plastic 3M tape installed in those areas. It's clear and not noticeable.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:34 am

fixdent wrote:you can also get plastic 3M tape installed in those areas. It's clear and not noticeable.

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I have that 3M tape across the plastic bumper on my car, to prevent scuffing when moving things in and out of the back hatch area. It's extremely tough, virtually invisible, and works very well.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:22 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
fixdent wrote:you can also get plastic 3M tape installed in those areas. It's clear and not noticeable.

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I have that 3M tape across the plastic bumper on my car, to prevent scuffing when moving things in and out of the back hatch area. It's extremely tough, virtually invisible, and works very well.


this is good to know because i have some scuff marks on my saddlebag lids from swinging my leg over them when i get on and off my bike. is this 3M plastic tape also good to use on the s/b lids?

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby waituntilthebeep » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:57 pm

LOL. When I first read this I thought you were having issues with scuffing your passengers... like in the movie Hitch when he climbs on the personal watercraft and kicks her in the head. :D Well, if your scuffing your passengers, you are getting on the bike wrong. :lol: Makes more sense though that she is leaving scuffs as opposed to her being scuffed. Got a nice giggle out of it though.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby dtrider » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:14 pm

I have the 3M tape on my bike (installed by the previous owner). I can say that they won't keep scuff marks from happening, but the scuffs are on the tape rather than on the bike's paint, and the tape can be removed and replaced.

Having said that, I've always felt that a bike was meant to be ridden, not just shown. Part of riding a bike means that scuffs happen. To me, scuff marks are just an indication that the bike is being used as it was meant to be. If there is a problem with the passenger leaving unwanted scuffs, maybe the real answer is a solo seat.
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby FM-USA » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:29 pm

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Think of it as she left LIPSTICK on your collar. ;)

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby CMReynolds1 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:10 pm

I would like to second the post for oldbikes from mikelens. That is exactly how I would feel. I would venture to say she didn't realize the issue and did not do it on purpose. I have had some over the years and I remember the good times that were "surrounding" the incident. Great memories, even if the other person is not that great of a memory. If you ride your bike, it will get dings and knicks. Just the hard facts.
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby Hoosier Jack » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:22 am

Now the whole time I am reading this post I have blocked out the nonsense of how to fix the paint, but instead let my mind drift into a simple, but guy-like, progression. Lady in high heels. Women don't wear high heels with pants or shorts. They wear them with dresses. Why a woman would wear a dress on a motorcycle is beyond me, but that is not my problem, I am guy with the handlebars at the end of my arms.

Okay, after that was established I let the mind go. What kind of dress? Not a summer dress. That would be up over her head before you got down the block. Interesting thought. Not one of those business-suit kind of dresses because that would have made her too smart to even get on a bike with a dress. No. It had to be a South Beach, club type of dress. The kind where when she got on she had to tell you to not watch when she mounted up. Or, better yet, she just didn't care. That is where I eventually ended up. Kind of like those pictures you see of Lindsay Lohan getting out of a limousine.

I'm thinking at this point if there is a $20 swap, then I am out the $20 and on my way to a cold shower.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:13 am

hap2 wrote:A 'freind' of mine wanted to go for a ride, so I took her. After I noticed the paint was scuffed & a little scratched where she had put her heals. Made me a tad p-oed. Anyway, other than not giving her a ride anymore (which I really don't wanna do), how to fix the minor damage & how to prevent it from happeneing again in the future? I thot of heavy cloth booties to wrap around shoes, but don't really wanna do that either. Just wanna keep it lookin nice. Thanx


It's a wonderful thing to keep your toys looking there best, but 'things' will happen.
You found the culprit and came to a solution, tho probably not the best in her interest.
A guy getting on a GoldWing is rather EZ but for a demure lady it's harder. She's trying to be respectfully yet tactful getting on & off where a guy just tossed a leg HIGH over the seat not caring who's looking at his package.
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There's pretty much 4 ways a passenger gets on a bike.
Left foot on left passenger pedal then swing right over the seat. Area for R foot is tight.
Left foot on left drivers pedal then swing right over the seat. R foot has a little more space but needs to swing higher.
Lady sits on seat sidesaddle and swings both feet over the Faux tank. Faux tank and cockpit toys can suffer.
Lastly, you pick her HIGH UP over the bike and set her on the seat. Usually legs flair when this happens (could be fun ;) ).
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5 remedies come to mind. Teach the rider how to get on, you ride alone, you protect the area in question, you go to the problem area and help her foot past the problem area or you buy a beater bike for passenger rides.
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MY SOLUTION:
I went to our local steel yard and rummaged through there scrap pile/barrel. There I found 2 small squares of Aluminum deck plate about 6" x 6". Alum is EZ to hacksaw, file smooth and shape with a soft hammer on bundled rags. Once satisfied to the curves of the bike I polished to a semi-dull shine and rattle can poly with several coats. I used outdoor mounting tape.
PROBLEM SOLVED, looks good too.

Cost? Unless it's a big piece the scrap is usually free or at scrap price, which is real cheap.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:46 pm

FM-USA wrote:
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MY SOLUTION:
I went to our local steel yard and rummaged through there scrap pile/barrel. There I found 2 small squares of Aluminum deck plate about 6" x 6". Alum is EZ to hacksaw, file smooth and shape with a soft hammer on bundled rags. Once satisfied to the curves of the bike I polished to a semi-dull shine and rattle can poly with several coats. I used outdoor mounting tape.
PROBLEM SOLVED, looks good too.

Cost? Unless it's a big piece the scrap is usually free or at scrap price, which is real cheap.

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id like to see photos of what you made up with that aluminum.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby FM-USA » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:05 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:id like to see photos of what you made up with that aluminum.
stuart.


Sorry for the really POOR cell phone pix.

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I sealed the mounting tape on all 4 corners so not to harbor dirt & water.
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I've seen plates that cover the saddlebags chrome bumper.
These work just fine for me/her.
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:44 am

wow, those look really good, nice work. my problem is when i go to swing my leg over the seat, my shoe sometimes scuffs the tops of the saddlebag lids getting on and off. strange, i hit the right lid getting on and the left lid getting off lol.

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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby redial » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:48 pm

Hey Stuart,
You should get your dog to teach you how to lift your leg properly :lol:
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby FM-USA » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:51 pm

redial wrote:Hey Stuart,
You should get your dog to teach you how to lift your leg properly :lol:

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. . . BOOOoooo HISSSssss
Still funny.
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Re: Passenger scuffing

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:32 am

lol, that's funny redial, but for me, its called being 70 pounds over weight and not being able to lift my leg high enough to get it over the seat. im now back on my calorie count diet and since yesterday I've already lost 1 and a half pounds. last time i was on this diet i dropped 65 pounds in 7 months.

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