The Art of the Gas Tank – Motorcycle…

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The Art of the Gas Tank

A passion for motorcycles does strange things to people.  Try explaining to someone why the shape of a gas tank can send a chill down your spine.  Come to think of it, many motorcycle enthusiasts won’t understand that one.


zuki says:

Agreed! This is a great thought-provoking article! A tank can make all the difference in how a bike is perceived. If the tank is ugly to my mind, then I don’t care about riding the bike that much, or do I think about and stare at it all the time.

Of course, the rest of the bike is important too, and must be well-proportioned, but the tank is like the icing on the cake (or cheesecake in this case). It’s important to me how the tank looks from above and behind too(in the riding position). I also find it discouraging when I can’t see the engine on most modern bikes.

I believe a good-looking engine is very important as well!

My all-time top ten (for tank shape) I made just for this article (never gave it a thought before). I have an affinity for the vintage “mo-sheens”, although I’m an 80′s 90′s child. Many of these bikes would still be on my list of all-time favorite bikes too, let alone the tank –

#1 – 1971 Suzuki TC-90R, (yellow) – not my first bike, but the bike that I really imprinted on. The bike looks like a shark.

#2 – 1965-67 Honda CB450K0 – beefy and purposeful-look.

#3 – 1969 Suzuki X-6R T250 (green and black) – one-year only tank shape. A graceful and clean shape, ahead of it’s time.

#4 – Norton Interstate w/steel tank, (any color, but especially in that metallic red-orange they had) – looks perfectly proportioned and elegant.

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#5 – 1972 Kawasaki 750 Mach IV H2 – a bike my Dad bought new before I was born, so I grew up staring at it a lot. Iconic paint stripes/color combo.

#6 – 2000 Kawasaki ZR-7 – my first brand-new bike. A sexy tank. Looks beautiful from any angle, especially from the riding position.

#7 – 1969 Suzuki AC100 – like a mini CB450K0 tank.

#8 – 1967-68 Yamaha YR1/YR2 – an elegant chromed and rubber padded tank.

#9 – 1967-68 Yamaha YL2-C/’69 L2C-A – it just makes the bike.

#10 – 1977 Suzuki PE250B – quite original shape to its aluminum tank.

As far as retro bikes go, the Moto Guzzi V7 is the one I’d buy mostly because of that tank shape!

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