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Old 04-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Trying to identify this tank on my '81 r80gs

Owned this bike since 1990 and haven't had much luck identifying this tank. It's all steel steel and has a factory gas cap and holds almost 12 gallons. It was a grey market bike that I bought at an impound yard. It even had two 5 gallon jerry can holders where the saddlebags should be. It had about 5000 km on it when I got it. Now it has about 85,000. I haven't ridden it in years but working on bringing her back to life.


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Old 04-30-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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I'll give you a dollar for it.


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Old 04-30-2013, 08:11 AM   #3
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HDeric, it was good to see you again at the swap meet.
I see you followed my suggestion and signed up.

Welcome to the Asylum, hopefully you'll get more than just oh so generous offers, such as Beater's.

Besides the Beemer I see some other interesting stuff in that shop, care to elaborate ?
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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12 gallons plus 10 gallons in reserve? Holy smoke!
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #5
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... hopefully you'll get more than just oh so generous offers, such as Beater's.

FINE. I'll give you two.







PS - Welcome to the Asylum! We'll be here all week! Tip your bartender! Try the veal!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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Looks like someone put a bit of thought into the manufacture as can be seen by the extensions where it slides onto the frame. While not supporting the tank in any way, these would stop any rocking movement.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:14 PM   #7
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If you want endless big gas tank reference shots go here:

http://www.beemergarage.com/Tanks.html
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #8
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FINE. I'll give you two.







PS - Welcome to the Asylum! We'll be here all week! Tip your bartender! Try the veal!

I'm pleased to see that you doubled your initial offer...
Veal as in Wiener Schnitzel ? (no, not the hot dogs! As a native German I find that brand to be truly offensive)
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:41 PM   #9
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If it is fiberglass it was made in Mexico in the 80's. If it is steel it was made a guy in the US that built a few custom tanks in the 80's. Sorry I can not remember his name. I had the same tank made in Mexico back in the 90's when I was collecting large BMW tanks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:13 PM   #10
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Maybe a Hoske?

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Thanks for that. Found a couple pics that the guy thinks is a Hoske
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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Thanks for that. Found a couple pics that the guy thinks is a Hoske
Hoskes were not made past the 60's I believe.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:46 PM   #12
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It might have come from Bernd Tesch in Germany, he used to supply a large aluminium tank that looks something like that and holds about 50 litres or 11 UK gallons/13.5 US gallons

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Old 05-03-2013, 02:17 PM   #13
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Tesch went up to 65 litre! I'll see if I can find an old brochure I've got on the attic. Might just be the one.
He's still in business, and his site matches snowbums on being easy to read or understand. The german version is even more fun since it's being updated. http://www.berndtesch.de/English/EIndex.html
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #14
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Tesch went up to 65 litre! I'll see if I can find an old brochure I've got on the attic. Might just be the one.
He's still in business, and his site matches snowbums on being easy to read or understand. The german version is even more fun since it's being updated. http://www.berndtesch.de/English/EIndex.html
I hope you are not making fun of Bernd's grasp of the English language? World around travellers everywhere know how good he is!
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #15
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A beemer enthusiast under 40

Here I am at 21 (22 years ago) not long after I got the bike and off on another visit to my mom 1600 miles away.

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