**** EJ, would this cover it?So I removed that sticker from the fuel tank (y'know the one: "Put petrol in me when I'm empty, try not to set me on fire, etc. etc.") today, but I managed to make a right old mess of it!
I think the central tank panel is covered with some sort of vinyl, rather than being painted, going by how it looked when I peeled off a good two inches square! @James Barber managed to perform a sticker-ectomy with much more success (here: http://www.xsr700forums.com/forum/49930-post341.html); the difference is, I didn't heat mine up before I peeled it off, so I guess that's the trick. Oops..
I've covered it up using a really rather naff-looking tank protector; doesn't look very good, as the colour's a mismatch (but not enough of a mismatch to look deliberate!) and it's still not a very good fit for the shape of the panel, even after having trimmed it. It actually looks worse in person; the photograph doesn't do it justice (or, er, does it too much justice, I guess?) so I may try to replace it with a fancier tank pad at some point, if I come across one, but it's the sort of thing I reckon I can live with so I doubt I'll be spending much on it or replacing the panel or owt!
There's quite a few options that'll look better than the tank pad imo!