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    What tank is on the "Osprey" made by OEM x ODFU?

    Hi! I'm new to the motorcycling world and I've just started my first cafe racer project. I've bought a Suzuki gs 400 from '79, but I dislike the tank on it. I recently saw a Suzuki GN 400 from '80, made by Old Empire motorcycles, in collaboration with ODFU called the "osprey". I don't know where that tank is from, but I would like to use it on my cafe racer project as well.
    If anyone can identify the tank, I would like to know

    Pictures of the bike can be found here: ?80 Suzuki GN400 ? Old Empire Motorcycles | Pipeburn.com

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    Thanks in advance!

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    It's a stock tank that's been modified to sit lower:



    It said so in the article.

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    It's so similar to a stock 79 GS400 tank, why bother?
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    Oh... Sorry, I didn't catch that >.<
    But thanks!
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    I don't think they're that similar.. I really don't like the extra cover on my tank and it also has a dent that drives me nuts..

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    This bike has just about as much wrong with it as does the "Osprey." But look at the tank. I would just remove the offending cover, grind away it's attachment points, repair the dent and paint. It's a GS425 but you get the picture.
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    That looks pretty similar to the tank on my GS400.. I know they all look similar, but for some reason I really like the visible "folds" on the GN400 tank :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedDane View Post
    I know they all look similar, but for some reason I really like the visible "folds" on the GN400 tank :/
    that's just paint and lighting.
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    Really? 'cause it looks pretty sharp in the third pic I posted.. But I can't really find the tank anywhere , so I wouldn't know :/

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    Satin finishes tend to reflect light in flat panels and wash out certain details. It looks like a sharp crease, and while the original GN tank does have a character line like that, but it's much more subtle than it looks. This is actually unusual as matte finishes tend to wash out detail and don't usually pick it up like a gloss or a metallic. If you are handy with body filler you can add or sharpen a character line on anything.

    A good friend of mine has a Gn400. The best thing he did was rig up a solo saddle, a set of ammo can saddlebags, and paint it olive drab. Rides the thing everywhere and gives 0 fucks about it's cosmetic condition. It's just a plucky little commuter bike. I used to kid him that it was a poor mans Royal Enfield.

    that pipeburn bike is pure shit. sure it looks pretty but you can't ride it anywhere. where is the fun in that? bikes that can't be ridden are useless.

    chances are they just removed the spot welded mounting cups from the tank and epoxied or welded them higher up in the tank tunnel to lower the tank. It's not hard to do if you are handy.
    Last edited by Geeto67; 01-15-2016 at 03:47 PM.
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