Tanks covers have been around since the 1960s. If you look in some of the english cafe racer parts catalogs you will see people still produce and sell them. They are not as popular as the real thing because you get all the detrements of a big tank (less seat room, longer reach to the bars, etc) with out the benefits, plus the added detriment of fragility. The reason you don't see them as often today is very few survived the 1970s and they don't sell as well as real fiberglass tanks. The onyl advantage a tank cover has is it gaurantees you won't be covered in fuel should you have an accident (unless you own a 1970-1974 kawasaki which have the lids that pop open upon impact). I haven't seen tank covers for jap bikes being produced recently so there may be a market there if you could make them cheap enough.quote:
hey Bret with all these new cafe "streeters" (and Im not talking about anyone here as they are highly knowledgeable or are on the path to be very knowledgable, but the general public.No one is selling a fiberglass shell cover,what Im proposing is a tank shell that slips over a stock steel tank so you can achieve the look with the street safety of the steel stock tank still in place...oh its does sound silly but when you look at the street car market the fiberglass stuff actually ruins the aero dynamics, but didnt stop the after market glass guys, that turn out all that, fast and furious crap they call style.JUST a huge market!
Now Im serious about this tank cover idea (truefully) they would sell on eabay you could open a ebay virtual store! Just think a norton tank on a honda and all the other possibilities.
On a sillier then that idea(which I think is grounded in a lot of thought)they would help the tattoo sleeve guys(see The present Christmas thread) really stand out!
Ah It just seemed to tie in with the faux tank Idea,more people are into the looks, and dont really know or care to know ,the real purpose behind things, hence the aftermarket compac car body kit explosion ...I still think it would sell especially on ebay you just would have to ship alot to uk!
Edited by - LiLBull on Nov 18 2005 07:30:44 AM