ADVrider

ADVrider (http://www.advrider.com/forums/index.php)
-   Airheads (http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=85)
-   -   R80GS Tank question (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=856328)

photorider 01-17-2013 03:12 PM

R80GS Tank question
 
Hello All,
I have a '96 R80GS. I often use the bike to run errands and sometimes to get dirty. Although I like the big tank, I don't really need it for shorter rides and was thinking about getting something smaller/lighter for that purpose. Does anybody know what other tanks would fit my bike? I know it's kind of an unusual model in the states because they were never imported here, but from what I understand it's basically a R100GS with an 800 top end. Thanks in advance,
Alex

http://tumultimedia.org/ADV/R80GS.jpg

bikerfish 01-17-2013 03:22 PM

any tank from r80g/s, st, r65.

Airhead Wrangler 01-17-2013 04:30 PM

A 6 gallon steel R100GS tank would also fit, but would leave a ~3/4" gap at the bottom front edge of the saddle, with the top making contact. Perfectly functional, but not aesthetically pleasing to some. The R80ST / G/S tank is just too small for my liking. It hits reserve around 120 miles and only has one petcock and thus traps a lot of gas in one lobe which you have to lean the bike way over to use. I was able to get 240 miles out of the GS tank on a couple of occasions, including reserve.

Bulldust 01-17-2013 04:43 PM

Google R80GS Basic, fitted with small tank as standard.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/AirheadsAustralia/

One Less Harley 01-17-2013 04:47 PM

Nice tank, yeah you need a beater tank!!!! I've got three tanks for mine. The stock little R80 G/S, a R100GS tank, less seat hook. these are nice tanks, plus the beater 43l HPN which I don't have to fill completely plus half full it carries the weight low.

I have a tank from an R65, which has been sealed and is in primer ready to paint.No dents. It's a little larger than the small G/S tank by about 1/2 gal. It does fit a G/S, but is snugger at the seat. PM me if interested.

Plus here's list of tanks.

photorider 01-18-2013 06:08 PM

Thanks for all the info, guys. Very helpful.
OLH, I sent you a PM.

Rob Farmer 01-19-2013 01:01 AM

The ST tank is the only one to go for. The R65/45 tanks look very similar but have a different fit, you'll need to take a hammer to the underside to get them to fit past the electrics tray and even then there will be a slight conflict with the rear of the tank and the side panels. The rear of the tank is also slightly longer forcing the nose of the seat back.

Not the best shot but you can see how the sidepanels just touch the 65 tank. The seat looks slightly baggy where the nose of it presses against the tank. The ST tank on the other hand is a perfect fit.

I put this on as a temporary while I got a leak fixed on my ST tank, unfortunately it's still on there.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...ect/basic2.jpg


Nice bike BTW The Basics are much sort after machines. They have a unique rear subframe that's similar to the early Mono one but made from stronger tubing and with tubes in slightly different places to allow the paralever mudguard and side panels to fit. this is the Basic subframe next to a mono one.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...t/P1010718.jpg

photorider 01-19-2013 07:29 AM

Thanks for that, Rob! Looks like I need to hunt down an ST tank.
Follow-up question:
Will the R80G/S saddlebag mounts fit? Or do I need to look for R100GS mounts? Maybe neither will work?
Thanks for the input.

Other Bob 01-20-2013 08:38 PM

Photorider,

I have the opposite problem and, so, perhaps the perfect solution for you. I have an '85 R80 mono on which I run a later model R100GS 6.3 gallon tank. Fits perfectly, has a nice pleasing look like it belongs there proportionally. Easy 220+ range + reserve without carrying the extra 12lbs of fuel up high in your bigger tank.

Me? I'd like that extra capacity and range of your tank and I don't mind the weight. So, interested in a trade? There's only a few hours of highway between us ... meet for lunch and sniff tanks??

Bob
(248) 703-0662

bpeckm 01-21-2013 07:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MotoKaw (Post 20538222)
Photorider,

I have the opposite problem and, so, perhaps the perfect solution for you. I have an '85 R80 mono on which I run a later model R100GS 6.3 gallon tank. Fits perfectly, has a nice pleasing look like it belongs there proportionally. Easy 220+ range + reserve without carrying the extra 30lbs of fuel up high in your bigger tank.

snipped


Howzabout a PICTURE?

photorider 01-21-2013 09:09 AM

Thanks for the offer, Bob.
Unfortunately, the bike is located in Guatemala.

_cy_ 01-21-2013 03:29 PM

leave it alone .. put less fuel in

photorider 01-21-2013 06:12 PM

Don't get me wrong. I love the tank. I'm just afraid of trashing it while off-roading. As OLH suggests, I need a "beater".

Other Bob 01-21-2013 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bpeckm (Post 20540099)
Howzabout a PICTURE?

Photorider, check your PM's for a link to another tank.

Bpeckm, I'll post some pictures of mine tomorrow (wrong computer at the moment).

Bob

Rob Farmer 01-21-2013 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by photorider (Post 20524928)
Thanks for that, Rob! Looks like I need to hunt down an ST tank.
Follow-up question:
Will the R80G/S saddlebag mounts fit? Or do I need to look for R100GS mounts? Maybe neither will work?
Thanks for the input.

The left hand pannier frame is the same as the g/s one but the right hand one is unique to the Basic. You also need the g/s rear rack to attach them to. Hepco and becker used to make a system to suit.


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014