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#680127 01/05/17 5:25 pm
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I have this tank on my bike at the moment, one of quite a few Triumph items on the bike! I fancy a change, and I could put a standard one back on, but I'm not really a fan of the shape, and I don't think it would suit the bike as it is. I don't want to put a hand made one from a tank builder either.

Has anyone fitted something completely different to an A65 oif? I wouldn't imagine there anything which would go straight on, and I don't mind making modifications to make something fit. Any ideas please?


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I think the OIF looks just right with the tank that you have on it. I also have the same tank on my 71 Lightning.

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If that were my bike, I wouldn't change the tank a bit, I think it looks great, but aesthetics vary with the man ....

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Yes, I think that has a timeless Triumph look !
Seriously, though, that is a nice motorcycle as it stands now.

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As with other comments I think the bike looks great as it is but if you are looking for a change why not just go for a new different paint job maybe two tone to the existing tank which suits the bike very well.

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Personally I would prefer the European style oif tank, but of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. and this is jusy my 2c
I never liked the USA style tanks on britbikes very much.




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Originally Posted by Peter R

I never liked the USA style tanks on britbikes very much.



I'm 180 degrees out from you. I absolutely love the look of the skinny U.S. market 1971-1972 tanks smile


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Different tastes in different parts of the world indeed. For example, when Triumph introduced the triples, the american public was disgusted by the shape of the tank and the ray gun silencers, and Triumph hastily introduced the so called beauty kits, to boost up sales in the USA. Also, the american public did not seem to like the Commando Interstate very much.
Over here, I never heard negative comments about the shape of these things, and the USA styling was generally found conservative in the eyes of the European public.

For me personally, there is one exeption however, I love the shape of the USA style Enfield Interceptor,with te small chrome tank, the local dealer in my town had one in their showroom, and as a young lad I drooled around this bike many times, unfortunately, I did not had the dough to buy one,regrets...regrets..


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I agree with many of the posts above - Tank looks fine to me - not keen on the colour!! Different colour and/or stripes/two tone would change the look significantly. I had the breadbin tank on mine but didn't really like it and gave up after two in succession leaked - But you can pick one up cheap somewhere like Kempton park. Note - Triumph and BSA ones have different badge mount screw positions.
I fitted a very late model Bonneville TSS tank and Tiger sidepanels.
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Have you got a picture you could post Steve please?


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Another opinion (everyone has one, right?): I too like the tank, even the color, but I think it would look even better if the side panels were yellow as well.


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Tank good, it's the color that kills it. The yellow tank just looks like it has been added from another bike-maybe one with yellow side panels. Just another opinion.


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Originally Posted by Mike P
The yellow tank just looks like it has been added from another bike-


It was.


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I would if I could work out how to post pictures!!
You could look at my facebook page - it shows the top of the bike
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Originally Posted by Mark Z
Originally Posted by Mike P
The yellow tank just looks like it has been added from another bike-


It was.


I know - just pointing out that is exactly what it looks like,- the yellow just amplifies it.


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Although it says BSA on the tank, and the engine is plainly BSA. The frame is oif, therefore Triumph/BSA. The complete front end is Triumph, the tank, seat, rear qd hub, front guard, (possibly the rear as well), and side panels are all Triumph. Other than the tank is mounted too far back and it is yellow, why would a Triumph tank, on what is virtually a Triumph, look like its comes from another bike?

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Fiberglass tanks can be easily modified to fit the spine frame. Here I took a period aftermarket goldie tank and made a bigger tunnel. It worked great, even in a racing environment.
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Originally Posted by Mike P
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Originally Posted by Mike P
The yellow tank just looks like it has been added from another bike-


It was.


I know - just pointing out that is exactly what it looks like,- the yellow just amplifies it.


Yeah I was just being funny (or trying), but I forgot how to imbed emoticons and I'm embarrassed to ask again.

Seriously though, the tank looks out of place to me because nothing else on the bike is yellow. I had a yellow tank on my bitsa when it was a bobber, and I used to get the same comment: "Not enough yellow"

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Peter, looks good to me. I like it. Eye of the beholder, I guess. And no accounting for taste.

My '71 arrived with a Triumph tank, but it was in rotten shape.

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So I bought a US tank, it looked good, and I would have used it, but I think the paint was all that was holding the fuel in, sadly, it was in rotten shape under the paint.

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I bought a Home Market tank on e-bay (they're not cheap over here). Don H. fixed it up, welded the leaks, replaced the filler neck, pressure tested it, I painted it, I like it. But, it's a tight fit around the rear of the spine, like 1/16" clearance and will require more finagling.

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So, to me the question would be, how much time and money are you willing to spend to change from something that apparently holds fuel, and to me, at least, looks good? grin

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^^ Thunderbird Sport, not mine, but I wouldn't mind.

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Alex, the tank is good, nice shape, as its racing, do you not have to worry about ethanol ?

Mark Z, I like that bike, you'd be a bit pushed to find anything else sensible to paint yellow, but having seen Kurt's modern Triumph, I might have a go at paint the side panels yellow. Do you think there is not enough yellow on a Victor or B50?


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I guess there’s three things here – Colour, coverage and style - If you like Yellow – Fine – stick with it. Coverage – personally I agree with some of the others – at least the side panel could do with being the same colour. And style – a few stripes or a contrasting colour patch would help . AS an example If you google images for BSA B50 there’s a standard scheme with a fat diagonal stripe on the tank often in yellow and black. I did something similar on a breadbin tank on mine and that looked OK.


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A lot of the B50's had yellow tank and side panels


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