Originally Posted by happycheapskate
Why are there no plastic motorcycle style gas tanks for MB's. They would be cheap to make, and easy to modify for adding vent tubes, secondary/return lines, etc. They could be molded in a few popular colors.
I suspect it would be a (perhaps misguided) safety consideration... One of the things that differs street-legal dirtbikes from their off-road only brethren is a steel tank vs the plastic ones - the thought being that metal is more likely to dent instead of crack in an accident, reducing the likelihood of a fuel spill & the resultant fire hazard on the roadway...
I'll admit it's been a while since I was involved in that sport, things may well have changed given plastic tanks are now not uncommon in cars - but at the time and in the state I was living in, a steel tank was required to pass inspection...