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Big Tank

Post by paulfrench » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:06 pm

Wanted, reasonably-priced long-range tank for 1985 MT500.
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Re: Big Tank

Post by lardmarc » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:29 pm

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Re: Big Tank

Post by mt bandit » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:08 pm

lardmarc wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:29 pm
https://www.forcemotorcycles.com/collec ... k-mt500-uk

Proper colour for the Armstrong.
he has one on ebay for £295 , I cant believe its still there really ,, mind you why would you buy it when you could weld a load of baked bean cans together eh !
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Re: Big Tank

Post by lardmarc » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:11 pm

mt bandit wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:08 pm
Mind you why would you buy it when you could weld a load of baked bean cans together eh ?
You're talking about Mooses Gruffalo ain't ya ?
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Re: Big Tank

Post by mt bandit » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:14 pm

lardmarc wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:11 pm
mt bandit wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:08 pm
Mind you why would you buy it when you could weld a load of baked bean cans together eh ?
You're talking about Mooses Gruffalo ain't ya ?
No I'm not actually..i happen to think I'd keep that it's practical and suits the bike . I was referring to people buying second hand side stand rubbers so why would they spend £295 on a superdooper tank
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Re: Big Tank

Post by arceye » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:35 pm

Did someone want a Big Tank ?
Oh, you mean one of those ugly fuel tanks.
Sorry, I will get my coat. :oops:
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Re: Big Tank

Post by Wirralman » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:52 pm

From his opening post Paulfrench is planning a 2000 miles trip, hence his thoughts about a large tank.
Forgetting the cosmetics, the question in my mind is Would a large tank be necessary on a trip to perhaps Morocco ?

I've never ridden more than 300 miles in a day on an MT but I found fuel stops a welcome break, a time to stretch legs.

I have carried spare fuel bottles just in case ( North Wales fuelling points can be few and far between, especially on a Sunday) Resetting the trip meter when fuelling up worked for me

Whilst my MT350s sipped very little fuel using the standard carb, MT500/ MT350 with thirsty carb fitted use more and a Jerry can in a pannier frame is handy.

A few different tanks have been fitted, trawling through the forum would find them, but I can't recall if MoscowJohn's bike had a larger tank fitted- I don't think they were even available.

Some MT350 s have had rear racks fitted, a neat way to hold a Jerry can whilst keeping the weight low down

I'm sure there are other constructive ideas out there...

If it were me, I'd focus on

New rim tapes , tubes and tyres
Stripping calipers and fitting new seals, also new seals in master cylinders
New clutch cable
Change Check Clean the 3 oil filters
Change cambelt and belt pulleys if worn
Drain fuel tank and clean out debris
Strip and clean fuel tap
Ditch anti-roll cut off, replace with online filter
Clean carb
Renew sprag spring
Strip clutch , renew springs also, if worn, clutch plates
Clean all electrical connections and earthing points
Check wheel bearings
Grease mainstand springs,

Spares
Cambelt, tubes, bulbs, zipties, gaffa tape
Standard tool kit
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Re: Big Tank

Post by mt bandit » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:26 am

I found fuel stops in morroco to be plentiful even when deep off grid .
However having the large tank gave me piece of mind and more freedom to think about other things other than I hope there's a fuel stop soon coz I'm 100km in .
And I only had to carry a l ltr bottle of fuel for my cooker.
All in all I'd recommend the bigger tank .
Just think you could buy mooses bike keep the tank and sell the rest of the bike .you'd be quids in ..
You'll find the gruffalo on eBay this week...
Cheeky bump for Mr. Moose :D
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Re: Big Tank

Post by moose » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:48 am

It’s already on eBay- finishes Sunday at 8pm along with my MZ Saxon 500e ( great engine for a 350 upgrade😉)
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Re: Big Tank

Post by Gremlin » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:35 pm

I have Bunkers oversized Honda XL tank that he had fitted to his bike.
Keeping it for when I think I might need it, but could possibly loan it out if it's required. ;)
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