How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?

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How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
Before affixing non-skid tape, thoroughly wash and dry your rear seat. (rain buckets image by nastos from Fotolia.com)

Rear motorcycle seats are often slippery. Passengers who are unable to prevent themselves from sliding forward or side-to-side may pose a hazard to the driver because of rapid and unexpected shifts in their centre of balance. In most cases, motorcycle drivers are able to correct balance issues with their own methods of compensation. Slipping can be prevented by affixing small, skidproof surfaces to rear motorcycle seats or by purchasing a seat cover to ensure maximum grip for the safety of both drivers and passengers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 12-inch to 24-inch black non-skid tape
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your rear motorcycle seat thoroughly. Using leather-safe soap, washing powder or specialised cleaners and a soft sponge will ensure dirt and dust trapped in the textured surface are removed. If possible, dry your rear motorcycle seat with a towel in the sun and let air-dry for 20 to 30 minutes.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    Rear motorcycle seats are generally made of textured leather or vinyl. (motorcycle image by Dragana Petrovic from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cut a 12-inch strip of non-skid tape into two 6-inch halves to create two strips. If you choose to use four strips of tape and create a pattern resembling the pound symbol or a cross-hatch, cut four equal 6-inch strips. If your rear motorcycle seat is small, you may choose to use 4-inch strips instead.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    6-inch strips of non-skid tape are generally effective for preventing slipping. (scissors #2 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Place your non-skid tape (with paper backing intact) on your motorcycle's rear seat to determine the most strategic location. If possible, have a passenger sit on the rear seat to establish the best location for your non-skid tape. Passengers who frequently slip during braking may prefer the non-skid tape be placed horizontally on the seat. Passengers who have difficulty keeping their seat during turns may find vertical strips more effective. In some cases, non-skid tape is most effective when cross-hatched.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    Non-skid tape's textured surface will prevent your passenger from slipping. (texture image by Steelcraft from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Remove the paper backing from one strip of your non-skid tape by slowly pulling one corner.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    Removing paper backing from non-skid tape exposes the adhesive. (Adhesivo image by ENRIC PINSACH from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Affix the first piece of non-skid tape to the rear seat of your motorcycle by placing the end closest to you in its predetermined position. Slowly lower the non-skid tape, smoothing it to the seat carefully. Ensure there are no bubbles or wrinkles in your tape.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    Some motorcycle seats are only lightly textured. (motorcycle on a white background. image by Yuri Bizgaimer from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Remove the paper backing from your second 6-inch strip of non-skid tape. Affix the tape parallel to the strip, which is already securely fastened to your rear motorcycle seat. Smooth any bubbles or wrinkles from the tape as you affix it to the seat.

    How Do I Prevent Slipping on a Rear Motorcycle Seat?
    6-inch strips of tape effectively cover most standard rear motorcycle seats. (tape image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)
  7. 7

    Repeat the process of removing paper backing and carefully affixing non-skid tape to your motorcycle seat if you have chosen to create a crossed pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • Placing non-skid tape in a horizontal strips may be more effective than vertical strips to prevent slipping.
  • When not in use, cover the back seat to protect the non-skid grips from exposure to sunlight and weather conditions to preserve adhesive.
  • Never use a shining compound or allow wax to get on your rear motorcycle seat.

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