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    I just got a Clark 2.7 gal. gas tank and have not put it on yet. I have read a lot of the post and they are very informative. I also did not like my logo so opted to get a plastic tank (black) and I found white vinyl tuning fork logo stickers I think will look cool on it. My question , are the plastic

    tanks street legal and will they pass inspection. On the bottom of the tank it says " for off road use

    only " Is the Clark Co. just covering its butt or is there a reason the plastic tank is not as safe on the road as a metal tank ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cagiva View Post
    I just got a Clark 2.7 gal. gas tank and have not put it on yet. I have read a lot of the post and they are very informative. I also did not like my logo so opted to get a plastic tank (black) and I found white vinyl tuning fork logo stickers I think will look cool on it. My question , are the plastic

    tanks street legal and will they pass inspection. On the bottom of the tank it says " for off road use

    only " Is the Clark Co. just covering its butt or is there a reason the plastic tank is not as safe on the road as a metal tank ?


    You have to check your state and local laws, there should be links to the actual statutes on your state's DMV or DOT website.



    I know that in NC (where I used to live) there is an explicit requirement that street legal motorcycles have a metal gas tank.



    In AZ where I live now, there is no such requirement. It's just different everywhere, so you really have to check for yourself.
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    I was curious, so I checked out the Delaware Vehicle Inspection Manual. It's a .pdf



    I don't see anything in there about metal or plastic gas tanks. Not to mention, your DOT website is a bear!



    PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer! Seriously, I have no idea what I'm talking about, but this is what I dug up because I'm bored.



    MOTORCYCLE INSPECTIONS

    PROCEDURE:

    All motorcycles presented for any DMV inspection must be ridden under their own power into the lane and cannot be inspected while on a trailer or truck.

    1. Fenders – must have front and rear. REJECT IF: One or more fenders are missing.

    2. Headlamp – shall have at least one or not more than two; height not more than 54” nor lower than 24”. Must have high and low beams. Must show a white light (fed. reg.)

    REJECT IF: Any headlamps inoperative or no high or low beam.

    3. Tail lamp – shall emit red light plainly visible from 500 feet. At least one not more than 72” high nor less than 20”.

    REJECT IF: Light not installed; shows white light, inoperative or light is weak.

    4. Stop lamp – at least one; visible from 100 feet in normal sunlight. Must be activated by application of front brakes and rear brakes on vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1969. Must have 8 square inches of lighted lens.

    REJECT IF: Lamp does work by both brake controls, the lens is broken, or the lighted area is too small.

    5. Tag lamp – so placed to illuminate tag with a white light and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear.

    REJECT IF: Lamp not operating or installed.

    6. Reflectors – up to 1976 model year shall have at least one on the rear at a height of no more than 60” or less than 20”. 1977 and newer models require five reflectors. The reflectors must have 4 square inches of reflective area.

    REJECT IF: Reflectors not installed or too small.

    7. Turn signals – required on all motorcycles manufactured since 1974. Minimum 3-1/2 square inches of luminous lens.

    REJECT IF: Turn signals are inoperative, weak, or do not flash. If size is less than 3-1/2 square inches of luminous lens on 1974 or newer models. Rear must be a minimum of 9 inches of separation from center of lense and 16 inches on the front.

    Revised 9/12

    - 70 -

    This circle = 3-1/2 square inches

    This rectangle = 3-1/2 square inches

    8. Horn – must be audible for 200 feet under normal conditions. Sirens, whistles, and bicycle horns are prohibited. Horn button must be on the handlebars close to handgrip.

    REJECT IF: Horn weak or inoperative, wrong type of horn or horn button in wrong place.

    9. Mirror – at least one so placed to readily ascertain the presence of vehicles approaching from behind or following.

    REJECT IF: Mirror not installed or placed in an unusable position.

    10. Muffler – must be installed. Perform Test DMV2001-01 on all motorcycles. REJECT IF: Muffler is loud, not baffled, leaks or does not conform to DMV Standard

    2001-01.

    VEHICLE

    NOISE STANDARDS

    TYPE/AGE

    ENGINE RPM (approx.)

    2500/3000

    Above idle

    2500/3000*

    2500/3000*

    2500/3000

    MAX. NOISE (dBA)

    95 – 96.5**

    95 – 96.5**

    98 – 99.5**

    100 – 101.5**

    95 – 96.5**

    Cars, LT Trucks 8,500 pounds or less

    Cars, LT Trucks All diesel

    Motorcycles

    1976 or Newer

    Motorcycles 1975 or Older

    All

    8,501 pounds or more

    Engine RPM Range for Noise Test

    2000 - 2500

    2225 - 2725

    2450 - 2950

    2675 - 3175

    2900 - 3400

    3125 - 3625

    3350 - 3850

    3575 - 4075

    3800 - 4300

    4025 - 4525

    Tachometer Red Line

    5000

    5500

    6000

    6500

    7000

    7500

    8000

    8500

    9000

    9500

    Tachometer Red Line

    Engine RPM Range for Noise Test

    10000 4250 - 4750

    10500 4475 - 4975

    11000 4700 - 5200

    11500 4925 - 5425

    12000 5150 - 5650

    12500 5375 - 5875

    13000 5600 - 6100

    13500

    14000

    14500

    15000

    5825 - 6325

    6050 - 6550

    6275 - 6775

    6500 - 7000

    Note: Sound testing is under a moratorium, until further notice, test will be performed if a police check is required.

    11. Tires – must have a minimum of 2/32” of tread being uniform not cupped. REJECT IF: Tires have less than 2/32” cupped.

    12. Footrest or pegs – all motorcycles shall be equipped with footrests. REJECT IF: One or more missing or broken.

    13. Chain – must be kept tight; adjusted according to manufacturer’s specifications. REJECT IF: More than 3⁄4-inch play.

    Revised 9/12

    - 71 -

    14. Brakes – all brakes shall be maintained in good working order and shall be adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the motorcycle.

    REJECT IF: Front and rear brakes not working—both required on motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1969.

    15. Speedometer – must be equipped with a speedometer in good working order. REJECT IF: Not installed or not working.

    16. Display of number plates – the license plate assigned to the motorcycle shall at all times be securely fastened to the rear of the vehicle at a height not less 12” from the ground and maintained in a condition to be clearly legible. The plate must be mounted horizontally. The plate can be to the left or right of the rear fender but must mount between the rear fender and the rear axle.

    REJECT IF: Plate not securely fastened or obscured so that letters, numbers, or “Delaware” cannot be identified. If registration sticker covers any number or letter or if the plate is covered with plastic or tint material. If the plate is mounted vertically. If the plate is further forward than the rear axle.

    17. Chain guard/drive pulley cover – required if originally equipped 1969 or newer. REJECT IF: If chain guard/drive pulley cover is missing, broken or cracked. Note: Some

    motorcycles are factory equipped with a chain guard that does not cover the rear half of the chain—these vehicles will not be rejected.

    18. Helmet – required for every person operating or riding on a motorcycle. REJECT IF: Helmet is not in the possession of the operator.
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    Wow that was detailed.



    Quick answer is no its not technically street legal (supposedly because of the expensive testing required) and yes to cover their butts.



    No cop is going to look under the tank and you should be just fine. If an inspection is required and it worries you, throw the old tank back on long enough for the inspection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    I was curious, so I checked out the Delaware Vehicle Inspection Manual. It's a .pdf



    I don't see anything in there about metal or plastic gas tanks. Not to mention, your DOT website is a bear!



    PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer! Seriously, I have no idea what I'm talking about, but this is what I dug up because I'm bored.



    MOTORCYCLE INSPECTIONS

    PROCEDURE:

    All motorcycles presented for any DMV inspection must be ridden under their own power into the lane and cannot be inspected while on a trailer or truck.

    1. Fenders – must have front and rear. REJECT IF: One or more fenders are missing.

    2. Headlamp – shall have at least one or not more than two; height not more than 54” nor lower than 24”. Must have high and low beams. Must show a white light (fed. reg.)

    REJECT IF: Any headlamps inoperative or no high or low beam.

    3. Tail lamp – shall emit red light plainly visible from 500 feet. At least one not more than 72” high nor less than 20”.

    REJECT IF: Light not installed; shows white light, inoperative or light is weak.

    4. Stop lamp – at least one; visible from 100 feet in normal sunlight. Must be activated by application of front brakes and rear brakes on vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1969. Must have 8 square inches of lighted lens.

    REJECT IF: Lamp does work by both brake controls, the lens is broken, or the lighted area is too small.

    5. Tag lamp – so placed to illuminate tag with a white light and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear.

    REJECT IF: Lamp not operating or installed.

    6. Reflectors – up to 1976 model year shall have at least one on the rear at a height of no more than 60” or less than 20”. 1977 and newer models require five reflectors. The reflectors must have 4 square inches of reflective area.

    REJECT IF: Reflectors not installed or too small.

    7. Turn signals – required on all motorcycles manufactured since 1974. Minimum 3-1/2 square inches of luminous lens.

    REJECT IF: Turn signals are inoperative, weak, or do not flash. If size is less than 3-1/2 square inches of luminous lens on 1974 or newer models. Rear must be a minimum of 9 inches of separation from center of lense and 16 inches on the front.

    Revised 9/12

    - 70 -

    This circle = 3-1/2 square inches

    This rectangle = 3-1/2 square inches

    8. Horn – must be audible for 200 feet under normal conditions. Sirens, whistles, and bicycle horns are prohibited. Horn button must be on the handlebars close to handgrip.

    REJECT IF: Horn weak or inoperative, wrong type of horn or horn button in wrong place.

    9. Mirror – at least one so placed to readily ascertain the presence of vehicles approaching from behind or following.

    REJECT IF: Mirror not installed or placed in an unusable position.

    10. Muffler – must be installed. Perform Test DMV2001-01 on all motorcycles. REJECT IF: Muffler is loud, not baffled, leaks or does not conform to DMV Standard

    2001-01.

    VEHICLE

    NOISE STANDARDS

    TYPE/AGE

    ENGINE RPM (approx.)

    2500/3000

    Above idle

    2500/3000*

    2500/3000*

    2500/3000

    MAX. NOISE (dBA)

    95 – 96.5**

    95 – 96.5**

    98 – 99.5**

    100 – 101.5**

    95 – 96.5**

    Cars, LT Trucks 8,500 pounds or less

    Cars, LT Trucks All diesel

    Motorcycles

    1976 or Newer

    Motorcycles 1975 or Older

    All

    8,501 pounds or more

    Engine RPM Range for Noise Test

    2000 - 2500

    2225 - 2725

    2450 - 2950

    2675 - 3175

    2900 - 3400

    3125 - 3625

    3350 - 3850

    3575 - 4075

    3800 - 4300

    4025 - 4525

    Tachometer Red Line

    5000

    5500

    6000

    6500

    7000

    7500

    8000

    8500

    9000

    9500

    Tachometer Red Line

    Engine RPM Range for Noise Test

    10000 4250 - 4750

    10500 4475 - 4975

    11000 4700 - 5200

    11500 4925 - 5425

    12000 5150 - 5650

    12500 5375 - 5875

    13000 5600 - 6100

    13500

    14000

    14500

    15000

    5825 - 6325

    6050 - 6550

    6275 - 6775

    6500 - 7000

    Note: Sound testing is under a moratorium, until further notice, test will be performed if a police check is required.

    11. Tires – must have a minimum of 2/32” of tread being uniform not cupped. REJECT IF: Tires have less than 2/32” cupped.

    12. Footrest or pegs – all motorcycles shall be equipped with footrests. REJECT IF: One or more missing or broken.

    13. Chain – must be kept tight; adjusted according to manufacturer’s specifications. REJECT IF: More than 3⁄4-inch play.

    Revised 9/12

    - 71 -

    14. Brakes – all brakes shall be maintained in good working order and shall be adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the motorcycle.

    REJECT IF: Front and rear brakes not working—both required on motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 1969.

    15. Speedometer – must be equipped with a speedometer in good working order. REJECT IF: Not installed or not working.

    16. Display of number plates – the license plate assigned to the motorcycle shall at all times be securely fastened to the rear of the vehicle at a height not less 12” from the ground and maintained in a condition to be clearly legible. The plate must be mounted horizontally. The plate can be to the left or right of the rear fender but must mount between the rear fender and the rear axle.

    REJECT IF: Plate not securely fastened or obscured so that letters, numbers, or “Delaware” cannot be identified. If registration sticker covers any number or letter or if the plate is covered with plastic or tint material. If the plate is mounted vertically. If the plate is further forward than the rear axle.

    17. Chain guard/drive pulley cover – required if originally equipped 1969 or newer. REJECT IF: If chain guard/drive pulley cover is missing, broken or cracked. Note: Some

    motorcycles are factory equipped with a chain guard that does not cover the rear half of the chain—these vehicles will not be rejected.

    18. Helmet – required for every person operating or riding on a motorcycle. REJECT IF: Helmet is not in the possession of the operator.

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    Thanks Don Benito .

    The site sure is a bear ! Thanks for taking the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fort Payne View Post
    Wow that was detailed.



    Quick answer is no its not technically street legal (supposedly because of the expensive testing required) and yes to cover their butts.



    No cop is going to look under the tank and you should be just fine. If an inspection is required and it worries you, throw the old tank back on long enough for the inspection.

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    Thanks, great answer !

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    I am not sure if my Clarke tank is legal here or not.Mine is the clear one and I had it on all last summer with no problems and passed by plenty of cops.I will find out for sure when I get the bike inspected and if it doesn't pass I will install the stock tank long enough to get a sticker.

    Speaking of stickers unfortunately vinyl stickers will not stay on the plastic tank long before they begin to bubble. DAMHIK

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    Here in MA i had an inspection station tell me that a plastic tank was illegal but they were wrong...everything is pretty strict here but if you go to a chopper bike shop to get inspected they don't seem to care much...



    (14) Fuel System. Check fuel system and controls and reject motorcycle if:

    (a) There is fuel leakage at any point in the system.

    ( Any part of fuel hoses are not securely fastened or fuel tank is not securely mounted.

    (c) Fuel tank cap is missing or can not be properly secured.

    (d) Throttle does not return to idle position when activating force is removed, if so equipped.

    (e) Fuel hoses are chafed, cracked, split or swollen or are not a fuel resistant type.

    (f) Fuel hoses are routed in proximity to or in contact with high temperature engine parts



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