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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2016, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery Tape on New 950 Tourer

I've had my 2014 950 Tourer about a month now. I bought it off the showroom floor with 0 miles on it.
I was looking at it yesterday and noticed something I hadn't seen before.
There is some sort of tape on the tailpipe and I have no idea why it is there.
I've attached a picture for you to look at; maybe someone can tell me what this is for?
My only guess is that the dealer did a temporary fix on a loose rivet or something. Is there a rivet there?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2016, 04:01 PM
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Appears to be a weld there so my guess is to prevent the weld from corroding .... but that's just a "guess"

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If I recollect correctly I had a place on the 950 muffler with some sort of tape on it. It was covering a weld that was done after the muffler was chromed. I thought that it was a corrosion preventative measure. You must realize that some of these bikes are manufactured, crated, warehoused, shipped across the pond, warehoused, shipped to the dealers, warehoused and then finally prepped for sale. The only climate control is at the manufacturing facility and the sales facility. That means possibly months in uncontrolled environment in between. Bare welds rust. Ask your dealer if you are concerned. Augie
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my 650 has something similar on the exhaust, but it is silver paint. its where the weld is after they weld certain covers on the mufflers.
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Thanks all!
I'm glad to hear that it's no worry.
I'll just leave it alone until my 600 mile service. I'll ask them what, if anything, to do then.
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I have 2014 950 Tourer also, I also have the tape on the joints. Mine is on two spots. I can't really see it unless I'm looking for it so its stayed on there for now.
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My 2012 950T has it too.
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My 2010 was purchased used, and also has that on the stock exhaust. Someone said that it seems like they all come with that. I don't know.
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I have a 2014 950T. When I took it in for its first service I asked about the tape and the mechanic said not to remove it was meant to stay. So leave it alone.
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