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Hey guys,

Question about fuel tanks. I like the British 4 gallon tanks, when did they stop producing them and go with the Americanized smaller tanks?

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They never stopped producing larger tanks, just kept them to UK and general export.

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Interesting,......... If they continued to make them at the factory, did the gas Cap designs change along with the other tanks?
66-67 small flip up, 68-on larger "tear drop" flip up? Just curious to fill in the blanks......


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Most of the larger tanks have partial turn screw caps. Some like goldies had fancy butterfly locks.
You can find some that have a button lock if you look hard enough, stock maybe not so large.
last production would be the 80s OIF triumphs. NCHS.


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Are we talking about a specific 4 gall tank or just larger tanks general ?

From the title I assumed larger tanks in general.

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It never ceases to amaze me that the market with the longest distances to ride got the smaller petrol tanks. And, in the case of Triumph, the models with lower gas mileage got the smaller petrol tanks.
"Style" over function. Poor engineering!


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Originally Posted by DavidP
It never ceases to amaze me that the market with the longest distances to ride got the smaller petrol tanks. And, in the case of Triumph, the models with lower gas mileage got the smaller petrol tanks.
"Style" over function. Poor engineering!


Just because a long distance is there, it doesn't mean you have to travel it.

It's a long way from my house to Hong Kong.


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laughing :bigt


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Gas (Petrol) stations were plentiful in the USA, and a "sporting image" was more important than practicality.
That's why idiots built "choppers" here, with even SMALLER tanks.

Also, in those days of old, bikes were not GENERALLY used for daily, "go-to-work" transportation (although MINE were.)

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a long way from my house to Hong Kong

...but oh, man, did I have a lot of fun there. beerchug


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Originally Posted by DavidP

"Style" over function. Poor engineering!


Isn't that what defines an HD! facepalm


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Originally Posted by Irish Swede
Gas (Petrol) stations were plentiful in the USA,

Except in Alabama on Sunday, or many rural sections of anywhere in the middle of the night. I have run dry when I couldn't find an open station within 50 miles. I started one trip from Birmingham to Atlanta one Sunday. Started looking for fuel at 80 miles, didn't find it until about a mile past where the bike stopped.
It would help to have more than 120 miles worth of fuel in the tank to start.
But, damn that bike looked good sitting beside the road, with that small, EMPTY petrol tank. laughing


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Only time I was happy with a small tank was at a hillclimb where I made up a tank out of a small 8 oz tin with a small lid for the 500 Clipper. Kept my good tank from getting schmucked and I could fill it again for each run. After running out of gas too often with the 2 1/2 US gallon tank on the Daytona I found and purchased a home market 3 imperial gallon tank. Now, at legal speeds solo I have a 200 plus mile range which in much of western Canada is really handy, especially if one wants to buy gas with a higher octane than 87......

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