Help to ID a Vintage Dirtbike gas tank Please!

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  1. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    Anyone recognize that American made Vintage Gas Tank from a Suzuki Dr500?

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  2. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    I thought it might be from Craig Vetter, but Craig looked at the pics and he said no, and he didn't recognize the logo.
    I've seen it before but cannot place it.
    It's American made, I assume because it has sae thread inserts

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  3. FR700

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    Don Vesco .



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  4. ilvecchio

    ilvecchio Been here awhile

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    Agree with FR700. It looks like a Don Vesco tank. One version was called a "skinny fat tank" because it was thin by the seat and wider in front. I had a version on the first Honda XL250 around 1972 or 3.
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    THAT"S why I recognized the logo!
    I used to have one of the late Don Vescos Rabid Transit fairings.
    Dohhh!
    Thanks guys, mystery solved.
    took it off of a Suzuki DR 500 of 81 vintage.
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  6. FR700

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    I laughed when I read the "vintage" bit as I bought several new ones for various dirt bikes in the mid to late seventies . To me it was , like , um , yesterday man :D .
    Quality tanks , so if you don't need the cash I would suggest holding onto it . The Heinreich (sp) of dirt bikes from back in the day .





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  7. rightone1974

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    I cannot figure out what these tanks got to please help me out. the inside of the gas tank is really clean I would hate to toss this tank knowing it could go to something rare

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  8. FR700

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    Can't see enough of the chrome one in the back. At a guess , early jap ... honda , bridgestone etc.


    Silver tank.
    Early honda SL 100

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    the blue one in the last pic will be from a model close to this

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  9. rightone1974

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    the chrome one is to a 1963 Yamaha YG1 bike thanks a lot i really appreciate it what would that tank be worth?(blue one) and what would you say the value on the yg1 tank would be it is decent condition not bad to restore only one little ding in itthe green one is like new inside of it
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    You selling or buying ?

    What it's worth will depend on if someone is looking for one and what they are willing to pay to get the bike back to 100% stock ...

    They both need major paint and panel ( can't see any emblems either or a tap for the blue one ) ... so factor that in.

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  11. rightone1974

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    I plan on selling them i have no use for them i have to get the gas cap off the blue one to see the condition of the inside of that tank, but the green one is great condition inside i think i will sand it down and prep it for paint then sell it in primer color to be ready for who buys it to taint it what ever color or paint it to order. Thanks for the info guys
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    What are you doing about the panel damage ?

    What type of primer ?

    The primer alone will cost you more than what the tank is worth.

    The tank/s are worth more 'as is' :deal ... five bucks for all three ... and that's if I wanted them.



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  13. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    So, you just "toss" gas tanks? :huh

    Also, doesn't it practically say HONDA right there?!
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  14. dpforth

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    I'd bet that this is SL350. It's not SL100, that one is much narrower, has a seam down the top centre and no flip cap.
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