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    SR185 Tank Replacement

    Hey,

    Currently doing my first build, purchased a 1981 Yamaha SR185 - maybe not the best geometry - but managed to grab it from an old barn for $80 (NZD)

    I'm looking for options around a replacement tank so that there is less of an cruiser style angle to the look of the bike. Does anyone know of a replacement that would fit the frame? Worse comes to worse I'll remove the brackets under the tank and try to realign but the overall shape of the tank isn't ideal.

    Any help would be really appreciated.

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    Before you spend a lot of time, money and effort on $80 worth of bike, have you got it running properly?

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    Yeah absolutely, it was missing a clutch and throttle cable which I brought with me to test everything when I picked it up. Mostly cosmetic issues, a bit of surface rust, missing a fender and a brake light etc but mechanically sound. The guys son had parked it up in his barn and then went overseas, decided not to come back so the old man just wanted it gone.

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    Hate to burst your bubble but I think the frame is your problem, the fuel tank, well that was just a terrible shaped lump of sheet metal to begin with.
    Are you really sure you want to buy or build a bunch of mismatched parts to hang on it in a futile attempt to make an ugly beater bike slightly pretty?

    ... omg that sounds negative :| but it sure would be a lot cheaper to use photoshop to prove it to yourself.

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    Personally I would give it a scrubbin' and sell it on. It is really a homely mutt and I'm not sure even with a wad of cash thrown at it if you'll have anything more than a cutesy shitbox. There might be a profit flipping it now, IMO any modifications or upgrades would be money wasted.

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    Hey guys, cheers for the feedback. Probably should have mentioned this is a scrambler build maybe, but I mean asking for options around a flatter tank kinda works either way.
    Appreciate the opinions, but if everyone works off the same model of bike all the time life’s a bit dull eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditchnickburn View Post
    Appreciate the opinions, but if everyone works off the same model of bike all the time life’s a bit dull eh.
    Maybe if life were a little more dull there wouldn't be so many old bikes that have been hacked up and rendered useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditchnickburn View Post
    ... Probably should have mentioned this is a scrambler build maybe....
    You know a scrambler is a dirt bike, right?

    https://www.bikebandit.com/blog/what...er-a-scrambler
    and the answer to their last question is A) "poser bikes pretending to be more rugged than they are"
    Last edited by TrialsRider; 04-12-2019 at 05:26 AM.

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    Haha honestly this is the most negative forum.

    I asked about a tank, not whether or not you guys approved.

    Cheers.
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    I know, scary isn't it! and I am possibly the most optimistic person you could ever meet.
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