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DO THEY EXIST? Cant find long distance gas tank!

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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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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.
hondaguy said:
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 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.
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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