Genesis of a Rear Tank Mount
I am currently building a bike using an Electra cruiser frame. I did not want to use the standard peanut tank because I didn't want it to mess with the flow of the frame. I bought a rear mount tank, but didn't want to mount it on one of the bike rack style mount kits. I really wanted something more stout that would hopefully add to the look of the bike.
I added a few pictures to show the process that I went through to come up with the final design.
In the first picture I show the different phases of the design and the different prototypes. In the top right corner is the original cardbord mock up that I took to work to give to one of our cad jockeys to draw up. The picture on the lower right is a paper cut out of the first design. The upper middle shows the first sheet metal build. We found some issues that included the tank sitting too low to the tire and a general lack of fine tuning once the tank is in place. The bottom center is the next generation which was pretty close but stilll needed some more fine tuning. The final design is the set on the left of the picture. I wanted to add some larger corner radiuses and the ability to mount the tank with the cap toward either the front or the back of the bike. The whole process took about a week from start to finish.
I will post pics of the actual build in the Cruisers section later in the week.