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DO THEY EXIST? Cant find long distance gas tank!

I commute on an SV everyday to both jobs. miles-per-gallon is good but often i find myself hoping my gas will last me just a few more miles to work ontime or a gas station. Instead of planning ahead... i want a larger gas tank.

ive looked every where i could and nobody makes or mentions larger capacity gastanks for non-cruiser bikes. DO THEY EXIST? made of metal, carbonfiber, or yarn... i dont care because i cant find any at all. ANy help?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 09:50 PM
 
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Send an email or a PM to SpeedWerks. If it is out there...they will find it and get you a nice price on it.
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Also...what kind of bike to you ride??
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There used to be a company called Clark Manufacturing that made large enduro tanks, I don't know if they do them for street bikes but it may be worth a look.

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Also...what kind of bike to you ride??
he said an SV..
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he said an SV..

Opps...kind of passed over that little piece of info.
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What the crap!! Just stop and fill up!! It gives you an excuse to stretch!!




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If no one makes a bigger tank, you can have one made. If you watch any of the American Chopper or Biker Build Off shows, you will see that the fabricators are always making gas tanks. They only hold a couple gallons, but you can get a fabricator to make yours bigger. Like they do on TV, you can have it cut and then have pieces welded in to make it taller, or wider, or longer or all of the above.

The best way would be to shape some styrofoam to fit on the tank and see how it looks wider and taller. I think taller would be easier to make. Then get the paint number and decals from Suzuki and have it painted. I saw a Honda Super Hawk from Wyoming that had a larger tank and it looked great.
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For the right price, anything can be fabricated...but Im sure it'll cost ya a bundle if you can't find one already created.
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This is true NoWorries...however, you'll find that getting matched paint for a bike is VERY VERY expensive. Only one company has the paint code and they don't sell it cheap. Why else do you think that all your stock fairings come painted when you have to order a new set....




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There used to be a company called Clark Manufacturing that made large enduro tanks, I don't know if they do them for street bikes but it may be worth a look.

Larry

Let us know, JK. I've got an SV and I'm curious about it.
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For the right price, anything can be fabricated...but Im sure it'll cost ya a bundle if you can't find one already created.
I grew up not too long ago, when most everything was repaired not replaced. There used to be shoe repair, TV repair, and small appliance repair shops on almost every block. The drug stores had tube testers so everyone could try and repair their own TV's and radios. In that vein, why not make your own tank?

Ron Covell has a DVD on how to make your own tank http://www.route66supply.com/store/product181.html. Shows how to make one out of steel and one out of aluminum. It's mostly for choppers, but can you picture a large polished stainless or aluminum tank that you made yourself? Motorcycle Consumer News reviewed the DVD and said his technique looks easy enough to try it yourself. He also conducts hands-on workshops around the country.
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I grew up not too long ago, when most everything was repaired not replaced. There used to be shoe repair, TV repair, and small appliance repair shops on almost every block. The drug stores had tube testers so everyone could try and repair their own TV's and radios. In that vein, why not make your own tank?
Ive thought long and hard about doing it myself. The more i look around, it seems it may be far less expensive to buy the tools and hammer it out myself. A valuable experince no doubt. Plus my welding skills can finally be used on myself! UNfortunately metal fabrication is on the no-no side of my apartment rules. I definately need to move or find a donor garage.

thanks for the link No Worries
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A number of long distance tourers use auxillary fuel cells. Probably not ideal for an SV though...

http://www.sampson-sporttouring.com/fuel-cells.html
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That's on a BMW!! ATTN JETSKI!!




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Maybe a tank from another model would fit. The Suzuki Strom's tank is 5.8 gallons. Or even a BMW (gasp) tank. Are there any motorcycle recyclers in your area? Since you weld, you can modify the mounts. Any good paint shop should be able to match the paint of your bike.
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1. You ever think of a cage? Hmm.. Might be an idear
2. Try a 5 gallon plastic gas can bunged on the back - run a rubber clear hose to the tank (just please don't smoke)
3. Have an Amoco gas hauler follow you at all times so you can fill on the go like the jet fighters do
4. Buy another bike and park it around where you would run out of gas
5. U-Haul trailer with extra gas on it

Hope that helps. Now go get me a drink. I am getting thirsty.
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Now those were some great ideas there MP. Thanks for the 411 on this. LOL Now have one more drink for me as well.
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Will somebody get MP a damn drink!!! *****!!




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