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    Senior Member atleastbehandy's Avatar
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    I'm trying to decide which plastic type Clarke tank I should get for my 2005 (black plastics). Here are my thoughts:



    Black

    Pros:

    - Colour matches (well, close enough)

    - Looks like a stock tank



    Cons:

    - Can't see how much gas is left

    - Will get hot in the sun





    Natural (translucent)

    Pros:

    - Can see how much gas is left

    - Won't get as hot

    - Won't show scratches as much?



    Cons:

    - Does not look like a stock tank (possibly a Pro for the adventure look!)

    - ???





    Anyone else have an opinion?
    2005 TW200, 2" PowerMadd bar riser, Tusk D-Flex Hand Guards, PowerMadd Hand Muffs, Kick-Start, Valco Cup Holder, Givi E45N Top Case, Inline fuel filter, Storage Tube with MSR bottle, 45 Tooth sprocket, Stebel Low Tone horn, #130 Main Jet / no needle shims / 1.5 turns out on idle, Jimbo Shield, DID O-Ring chain, Clarke XT250 4.1 Gal tank, Custom Cycleracks

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    I always thought the translucent tanks were cool. Wheelie Nelson has one and it looks sharp. Take a look at the thread below.



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...nelson__st__30

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    Heres a black one

    2008 TW200 with a super cool exhaust

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    I've always thought the translucent ones were a good idea, but that's me and I'm still rocking the tiny stock metal tank.

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    I've compiled a few photos:



    Good shot of a black 4.1 Gal tank and how the plastics (mis)align:





    The other side:





    Funny shine on the black tank though (perhaps from many miles of riding?):





    How much gas is left? Oh I know:

    2005 TW200, 2" PowerMadd bar riser, Tusk D-Flex Hand Guards, PowerMadd Hand Muffs, Kick-Start, Valco Cup Holder, Givi E45N Top Case, Inline fuel filter, Storage Tube with MSR bottle, 45 Tooth sprocket, Stebel Low Tone horn, #130 Main Jet / no needle shims / 1.5 turns out on idle, Jimbo Shield, DID O-Ring chain, Clarke XT250 4.1 Gal tank, Custom Cycleracks

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    This bike looks good. The back fender looks cool too along with the tank and the supermoto fender on the front like mine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock View Post
    This bike looks good. The back fender looks cool too along with the tank and the supermoto fender on the front like mine.



    Whose is this?


    The orange bike? It's Spudrider's (and it's a TW clone called a Zong):



    https://tw200forum.com/index.php?/top...les-on-my-zong
    2005 TW200, 2" PowerMadd bar riser, Tusk D-Flex Hand Guards, PowerMadd Hand Muffs, Kick-Start, Valco Cup Holder, Givi E45N Top Case, Inline fuel filter, Storage Tube with MSR bottle, 45 Tooth sprocket, Stebel Low Tone horn, #130 Main Jet / no needle shims / 1.5 turns out on idle, Jimbo Shield, DID O-Ring chain, Clarke XT250 4.1 Gal tank, Custom Cycleracks

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    Quote Originally Posted by atleastbehandy View Post
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    Funny shine on the black tank though (perhaps from many miles of riding?):



    ...


    Funny shine on back of tank is probably from pant leg rubbing against it for 40,000 miles (or however long Spud has had the tank installed). Steel wool dulls it if you want a matte black look.
    Sold bike.



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    Get a translucent tank and use the tips here to paint it black.



    Leaving a narrow vertical strip near the bottom unpainted for checking low fuel levels.

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    Translucent tanks can let harmful radiation from the sun through to the gas and can cause the gas to deteriorate.If you use your TW a lot and constantly cycle the gas through the engine, this should not be a problem.
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