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Old 09-14-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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Question Show us your Flat tanker

Anyone got a flat tank bike in their collection, or would like in their collection they might care to share a picture or two of here.
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Flat tank?

Don't you mean Flat-Track? Like a dirt-tracker, or a street tracker? Been riding 42 years and have never heard of a "flat tanker".
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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Flat-tankers are motorcycles from before the stage when saddle fuel tanks came in (say more or less mid to late 1920s). True, this was more than 42 years ago

In the early days, fuel tanks tended to be flat and between a top and middle horizontal frame rail. So: "flat tankers".
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:51 PM   #4
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Thats right as Pjay says older bikes ABCs and old sunbeams Triumphs Nortons even BMWs, well they were more angled Flat tanks i supose but same sort of type Era etc.
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good idea,

I like to look at pictures of 1924-1927 Triumphs, in fact I would like one for my next project.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:49 PM   #6
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I like to look at pictures of 1924-1927 Triumphs, in fact I would like one for my next project.
You read my mind thats my very same plan OM, and i have got ratification from she that shall be obeyed to dig enough gold out the back field to buy something, so i am on it.
I had better start looking fast in case she changes her mind.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:18 AM   #7
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Aha! I am educated now,....just never heard the vintage/antique bikes referred to as "flat-tankers".

Kinda like the Brits calling adventure bikes "traillies".
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
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Well, It looks like Doug is the only one who has one, and he is Cannonballing right now.

So how about a Flat Tanker we want?

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Old 09-18-2014, 04:16 AM   #9
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Amended to include would like in collction LC4 .
The Douglas looks awesome.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:51 PM   #10
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The VMCC

in England decided many years ago that 1929 was the cut-off date for true "vintage" motorcycles- the best of bikes from the 1920s were light, well-engineered and pretty refined. Steering and handling had become quite refined.
Saddle tanks and dual-port heads, "sloper" motors, and the 30s low seats along with Depression cuts in quality made thirties machines less desirable.
Flat tank Sunbeams, along with Scotts, Velocettes and certain Nortons are priced very highly today because we recognize their quality and fitness for purpose.
Journalists at the end of the 20s thought that a motorcycle that weighed more than 220 pounds was gross and unmanageable. Flat tankers are light.
All the money I spent on Guzzis and 550 Hondas...hmmm...I could have affored a nice Triumph Model N or NR by now...just didn't have my priorties right in my youth.
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The price of 20's and early 30's Douglas's are still comparatively reasonable.
About the same as a new top of the line Guzzi.
I really like the looks, and reading One Man Caravan didn't help.
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