Opinion Poll- Is this tank too big?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by atombikes, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. atombikes

    atombikes New Member

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    What we have here is a Kawasaki KD80 fuel tank. $22 shipped on ebay; deal seemed too good to pass up. Although it's condition appears a little rough, the tank inside isn't too rusty and it came with the cap and petcock (which I've already broke....long story), and generally it seems it should clean up fairly well.

    Anyway, my bike build is using a Dyno frame which has a really exagerated bend in the top tube. First I bought a Whizzer repop 4 liter tank; looks great (my opinion) but has two problems on this frame; the petcock interferes with the frame tubing and the curved top tube means the tank won't sit flat on the frame.

    Soooo, I started scouring ebay looking for a moped tank or small motorcycle tank. Came across this one and threw the dice. I've already asked the question on my build thread ("Cheap [email protected]) but I figured a new post will probably get more views and responses.

    The General 5 Star tank appears to be well recieved by motorbiking afficianados, and to my eye it's also a big tank on a bike frame? I think the General is longer but not as tall as the KD80 tank.

    So please chime in with your opinion; does this tank appear too large to use? It's not overly wide if that makes a difference.

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    A pic of the Whizzer repop tank for reference:

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    A pic of the General 5 Star tank on a Derringer bike:

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    The original Kawasaki KD80 for reference:

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  2. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    I think its to big,should find a smaller one moped size. Awesome bike though love it ........Curt
     
  3. culvercityclassic

    culvercityclassic Well-Known Member

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    Too big, I am liking the kit tank tho for some reason. Paint that kit tank and leave it on the bike. Looks good with the bars.
     
  4. fatdaddy

    fatdaddy New Member

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    Don't matter what anybody thinks,Question is,Do YOU like lt?
    IT'S YOUR BIKE,BUILD IT YOUR WAY.
    fatdaddy.
     
  5. 2door

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    Ditto: Who cares what others think? It's your bike. If you like it then it's perfect.

    Look at some of the motorcycle cafe racers. They use huge tanks that some might say are too big for the bike but still, 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder (builder).
    Go for what makes you happy. Personally, I like it.

    Tom
     
  6. rogergendron1

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    no man looks good ! where is the kawasaki motor though !!! lol i am shure you could wedge that in the frame too !
     
  7. FMB42

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    Since you asked, I'm going to say that the Whizzer tank looks the best of the lot. The Kawa tank is so big that it might make it look more like a motorcycle than a motorized bicycle (especially to the police). Not sure if this matters to you tho.

    Anyway, that's a great looking build you've got going there.
     
  8. xseler

    xseler Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^ Exactly!!
     
  9. dodge dude94

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    At least you won't have to worry about fill ups. :D
     
  10. Intrepid Wheelwoman

    Intrepid Wheelwoman New Member

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    Well I like that Kawasaki tank. Yes it does make your bike look more motorbike-like, but that's no bad thing. The proportions look pretty darn good to my eyes and in fact I think it looks better on your bike than it did on the original Kawasaki bike.
     
  11. Huffydavidson

    Huffydavidson STREETRACER/MANUFACTURER

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    There's not another like it .
    Your bike is an expression of your personality!!
    We'll just call ya tank.laff
     
  12. Jumpa

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    I like the way the small tear drop black tank looks. I especially like the way the line causally drops down and blends nicely into the seat. It also "I think" matches the teardrop look of the frame, if you ask me the tank is a bit on the small side, yet with the mileage we get it should be much of a concern

    The others drop to quick and do not line up with the seat , I realize that doesn't matter to some people but it does to me ! I think your bike looks absolutely beautiful looks like your taking your time and doing it right!!
     
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  13. wheelbender6

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    If you put on some big fenders of the same color as the tank, the tank will not look so big.
     
  14. 2door

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    Wonder why the OP hasn't responded to all of the comments.

    Tom
     
  15. atombikes

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    I'm still here, Tom. Just taking in the comments; I can see both sides of the "argument", which is why I created this thread initially.

    That last comment about the big fenders being painted the same color as the tank has me thinking....seems wheelbender may be on to something. I was wondering if there was a way to visually trick the eye. My idea was to paint those raised side panels a different color than the rest of the tank to create the illusion that the tank is as small as the raised panels.

    Good thoughts and comments from everyone that has replied so far, I appreciate your input everyone! I'm still torn. Guess I have a little while to decide.
     
  16. xseler

    xseler Well-Known Member

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    What'cha gonna do with that tank if you don't use it.......???? Hint, hint......

    If it were mine, I'd use it. I'm to the age now where I tend to suit myself, I don't give a tinker's dally what others think about it.

    Good luck with your decision!!
     
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  17. 2door

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    Atom,
    Let us ask you. What do you think of it? Do you like the way it looks?

    I think it looks good and if it was me the only thing I'd do is build a saddle/seat that was longer and met the rear of the tank then extended back over the rear wheel. That would really give you the cafe racer look. However it looks good just like it is. But that's just one man's opinion.

    Let us know what you decide.

    Tom
     
  18. atombikes

    atombikes New Member

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    I do like the way it looks *I think*. Problem is; you know how you have a mental picture in your mind how your bike is going to look; or at least you have a "theme" like BTR, cruiser, etc? Well in my mind, I have been tracking along this line that says this bike is going to be more of a classic looking motorized bicycle. I have some parts such as full fenders, those cool WWII handlebars I just got at a swap meet, etc that will contribute to this overall classic look.

    On the other hand, this Kawasaki tank, with it's elevated top surface, more lends itself to either motocross or, as you suggest, a cafe style bike (due to the hugeness of the tank).

    So I'm at a crossroads in the design; do I go classic with the springer fork, full fenders, and Whizzer tank? Or do I strip off the fenders, swap out the springer for triple trees, and use this huge tank?

    I just can't believe they used such a large tank on a kids bike????

    Now THIS is a huge tank:

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  19. allen standley

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    I like it if you like it!
     
  20. Jeffinvn

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    Bigger tank for sure paint it black and it won't look so big, also the fenders will make it look even better
     

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