Tank Bib Motorcycle Fuel Tank Protector
NOTE: It seems that Tank Bib is no longer
in business as of June 2007.
of the goals of webBikeWorld is to provide information
about unique and hard-to-find motorcycle products and
accessories. The Tank Bib certainly fits into the
"unique" category, and its always fun to find
interesting products of this type.
The Tank Bib solves an
age-old motorcycling conundrum: I'm sure you've noticed that no
matter how long you keep the fuel filler hovering over
your bike's fuel tank after the flow has ceased, or no
matter how many times you tap the end
of the filler to try to loosen any remaining drips of
fuel, you'll always get a drip on your tank as you pull
the nozzle away?
This has always puzzled me,
and I'm sure there's some type of cosmic or quantum
significance to this phenomenon.
I spend a lot of time
trying to keep my motorcycles looking great, and I really
hate spilling gasoline on the paint. I've tried
placing a paper towel (if any are available at the pump) on the tank, but
any breeze at all will carry away this form of
I suppose I could keep a rag, towel or tissue in my pocket to clean up any spills, but
wouldn't it be better to prevent the spill from reaching
the tank to begin with? Every time the paint is
wiped with something, you risk getting one more
scratch. And if you have a custom paint job, it's
even more crushing to see fuel dripping all over your
pride and joy.
where the Tank Bib comes in. The Tank Bib was
specifically designed to protect the fuel tank from errant
fuel drips and overspray.
All you do is place the Tank Bib over the fuel tank and
pour away. Unless you're really ham-fisted with the
nozzle, any fuel drips will be
captured by the Tank Bib before they reach your bike's paint.
The trick part is that the Tank Bib
material is made from some type of special fabric that actually
lifts the drips off the fuel tank. When a drip
touches the Tank Bib, the material rises up and
elevates the drip away from the tank. This photo
shows the result. As the fuel drip dries, the Tank Bib
returns to its normal shape.
The Tank Bib is about 48cm
long (19") and 13cm wide (5"), and it has a 54mm
(2.125") opening, which will fit most fuel
tanks. It can be trimmed to fit other sizes, or it
can be slit to fit around fuel filler flaps.
I found that the easiest
and quickest way to access the Tank Bib is by carrying it
in the pocket of my riding jacket. I roll it up (see
photo) and wrap a rubber band around it. It can also
be rolled or folded and placed under almost any motorcycle
seat, but it adds almost no extra time to a fill-up if
it's in my pocket. At 41 grams
(1.5 oz.) and about 1mm thick, the Tank Bib is pretty much
The product works as
advertised, and the length of each flap provides more than
enough runway room to catch any errant drops as the fuel
nozzle is directed back to the pump. We found that
it works especially well on sportbikes or if the bike is
on its side stand, because it always seems to be more of a
reach with the nozzle when the bike is leaned over.
If it's really windy, you may have to hold it on the tank
with one hand, depending upon the conditions. But it
definitely helps prevent any drips or overspray from
reaching the paint, and that's what counts.
All you rat bikers are
probably rolling on the floor with laughter over us
"anal" types, but for everyone else who hates to
see your baby take a gas bath, the Tank Bib is a unique
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Retail Price: $12.95 + $1.50 S&H in
Comments: Helps to protect the paint when
refueling. Lifts spills away from tank. Can be
rolled up and carried in a pocket or it will fit under almost any