Why doesn't someone market a cruiser gas tank line?

Discussion in 'Motorized Cruiser Bicycles' started by Nashville Kat, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Nashville Kat

    Nashville Kat Active Member

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    Am I just not informed?

    I know theres a bike out with a built in tank- but you'd think with the growing popularity, someone would have a line of tanks to fit BELOW the top tube. It'd give us a real classic look, no?

    I live in an apartment and I'm not a welder- so I'd be interested- I like to keep the weight and center of gravity low.
     
  2. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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  3. GearNut

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    I have one of those. It was not very well though out. The fuel fill hole is about the diameter of a nickle. You will need a funnel when you are at a gas station. :(
     
  4. sportscarpat

    sportscarpat Bonneville Bomber the Salt Flat record breaker

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    I currently make them for the Schwinn straight bar frames and just welded up the first Worksman in-frame tank today. I will post pictures of this newest design tank sometime this weekend. I do not have a web site at this time and I do not advertise very much so that I don't get too much business. That may change, but for now my tanks are pretty exclusive. All tanks are CAD designed, laser cut stainless steel, and tig welded together.
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  5. pdubs

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    very cool designs! if you were to build to order, what would your estimated prices be?
     
  6. sportscarpat

    sportscarpat Bonneville Bomber the Salt Flat record breaker

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    You can email me to discuss, but the Schwinn tanks are running $250 complete and ready to bolt on your frame. I also have frames available for about $100. The Worksman prices are still not locked in as I have not gotten my bill back from the laser shop. I know it sounds expensive, but if I were to list my costs and time you would quickly realize how much of a deal this is. Besides, once you are holding one of these tanks in your hands the last thing you'll be thinking about is how much you just spent. You will not be disappointed.
     
  7. pdubs

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    great! :D you can probably lable it 'priceless'

    i can imagine the time and labor invlovled for these tanks, again, awesome work!

    so are you doing the CAD design and then giving the CAD plans to the laser shop?
     
  8. TandocTools

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    Sportscarpat's tanks are amazing. Order one now before people realize what they are missing and he has a huge backlog! I am speaking as a very satisfied customer!
     
  9. sportscarpat

    sportscarpat Bonneville Bomber the Salt Flat record breaker

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    Thanks Warren. I have spent considerable time fine tuning my CAD programs. I give the CAD file to the laser shop and then they cut the stainless sheet exactly to my flat patterns. It really is amazing equipment. I receive the pieces back from the laser guys and then tack up the pieces to form the tank, then tig weld it together. After that I hand finish all the welds and grain the tank. Most people don't even paint them but just run them raw. The Schwinn tanks are made to look like the original tanks that came on those bikes. The Worksman tank is more of a boardtrack shape.
     
  10. GearNut

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    Your tanks look awesome! I really like the stainless steel too.
     
  11. RedB66

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    I know Ghent Cruisers are in the developement stages of producing a "Universal" tank. What the status is... I'm not sure.
    Ghent Tank | Ghent Cruisers
     
  12. sportscarpat

    sportscarpat Bonneville Bomber the Salt Flat record breaker

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    Here's the first Worksman in-frame tank out of my shop. This one is boardtrack inspired. 100% stainless steel construction.
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  13. neicull

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    The market is developing for custom or aftermarket tanks for these bike kits but the manufacturing costs are outrageous when it comes to a reasonable final retail price. The problem is the kits are so cheap and it hard to sell a tank that will likely cost more then the entire kit. I've started marketing vintage gas tanks until I can figure out a way to have the Ghent tank produced for a fair price. We're getting there. One offs and vintage tanks will be the best bet for the time being. my two cents.
     
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    sportscarpat: beautiful tank btw!
     
  15. pre-war Schwinn

    pre-war Schwinn New Member

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    I researched the in tank motor bicycles and came up with Ridley they were sued and lost to Harley Davidson for being too chinese lookin Harley guys ganged up and snuffed it I can imagine there are some tanks or blue prints or patent pending's on all of these component's they seem to have a standard frame .the time frame seems to depict the 1914
    and as of today I located a offshoot that is a designer bike available even on myspaceMySpace - Derringer Cycles - 30 - Male - California - myspace.com/derringercycles
     
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  16. kidcrash

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    I can not find anything about the dimensions of the bgf 1G long tank, got a mtb with control lines on top and need over a half gallon to get where I need to go. I mainly need to know how much clearance the carb will have.
     
  17. E J

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    You guys forget so quick and this tank is not cheap all stainless steel E J
     
  18. E J

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    here is a pic of my bike I just moved so I have been busy with my new house I just started to work on it I hated to paint it but I did black and I'm going to put new decals on it E J
     

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    check out 'handy bike' they have alot of moped tanks.
     
  20. scott hopkins

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    love the tank and frame set up.looks great.
    need more info ?
     

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