Do you regret your fuel tank color? Poll.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Grinnin, Jun 30, 2019.

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Do you regret your plastic tank color?

  1. Regret black tank color

    3.0%
  2. Black tank and no regrets

    27.3%
  3. Regret another dark tank color

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Other dark color and no regrets

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Regret a light color

    6.1%
  6. Light color and no regrets

    57.6%
  7. No real regrets but plastic tanks can have problems no matter the color

    6.1%
  8. Have you ever added a tank bag or tank panniers to reduce heating from the sun?

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Specifically if you have an exposed black plastic fuel tank on a bike have you ever regretted it? Doesn't apply to a tank that's mostly covered by bodywork although most thumpers have some of the tank covered by seat and maybe radiator shrouds.

    Interested in any discussion about any colors for plastic fuel tanks, particularly fuel temperature and tank deformation.

    I'm looking for more riding range from the DRZ and prefer black, but willing to switch color if black is a really bad idea. Not interested in Rotopax or bladders.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    A gnu regretzzzz threeeed!

    Emphatically YES!
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  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Clear is the best cause you can see the level. Honestly, I keed ewe knot. Please don't make me post a “Nothing Else Matters” music video link.
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  4. abramsgunner

    abramsgunner Long timer

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    The IMS on my KLX is black... no problems, but being able to see the fuel level would be a plus.
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  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer Supporter

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    If I buy an aftermarket tank, my preference is no color. I want to see the fuel.

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  6. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    No, have a black ims 3.1 gallon on my wr250r. Looks like it was born with it, and other riders with same bikes doesnt always notice.
    So, works for me.
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  7. thetubespoke

    thetubespoke Long timer

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    You haven't listed regretting natural as an option??
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  8. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    I have a gray tank on my DR. Matches my white and gray color scheme. No regrets. Not sure I'd go for black in the Texas heat though.
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  9. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    I consider natural a light color for the poll and if someone has specific regrets they can list them in a post.

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    Thanks for the poll responses and comments so far.
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  10. boulet_boulet

    boulet_boulet Long timer

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    If you get natural I insist you get the under-bling lights.
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  11. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Do those help when crossing deep water with ruts in the hard/soft bottom?
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  12. Tall Man

    Tall Man Well...the game is afoot.

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    Light color and no regrets. White Acerbis 5.3 on my DR. The only risk is the bike disappearing into the background, depending on the time of year that I'm oot and aboot. Thus my scientific use of a black seat and tail bag for necessary contrast.

    [​IMG]
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  13. boulet_boulet

    boulet_boulet Long timer

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    Yes. They’ll help me locate you in the murky bottom when you go full submarine. I’ll know where to throw the rope.
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  14. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    So far, black tanks are in the minority but no regrets. Light tanks are more common but 16% report regrets.
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  15. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    Yup.

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  16. scot_douglas

    scot_douglas Dirt Harley Lovin' Supporter

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    Damn. A pole that excludes my dirt harley. On other bikes, I dug natural or white so I could see the fuel level.
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  17. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Put a plastic tank on your dirt Harley and it's welcome here. The reason I posted in Thumpers is so many of them have similar gas tank placement and exposure where so many other bikes have covered tanks.
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  18. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    I like my white tank. A natural color where I could see the gas would bother me since I would see it splash around inside, lol.

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  19. scot_douglas

    scot_douglas Dirt Harley Lovin' Supporter

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    Have you seen where they hide the tank on a 690? :D
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  20. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    What causes the clear tanks to turn yellow after a period of time? Is there a way to clean them on the inside so they don't appear yellowed?
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