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Old 10-28-2012, 06:01 AM   #1
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Help on Clarke tank decision

I have a drz400s as seen bellow. I ride it everyday and it's really starting to bother me that I have to fill up everyday or every other day. But I'm torn between the natural and the black. I kinda like the natural but my girlfriend says it won't look good. What do you guys think? Any pictures?


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Old 10-28-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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I've got a black & white DRZ and I was somewhat undecided about which to get... if I'm buying used, I'll take either. If I'm buying new, I'll probably get natural. If you're worried about your aesthetics on the street, you'll probably want black. The natural one makes it look a little less refined :)
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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Your girlfriend is right. the Clarke natural won't look as good as a colored tank. But I would still get the natural color because I like to be able to see the fuel level. My wife hated the natural tank on my Honda and on my MXC. Too bad, I like the way they work.

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It isn't as bad on a bike with shrouds:

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
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Black Clark on my DRZ.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Cool I'm liking the imput. Still undecided. Maybe I'll sleep on it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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For me it boils down to having an ugly tank that I can look and see the fuel level in, or a nice tank that I cannot see the fuel level in.

On my Xrl I went with the red acerbis tank as It won't take on the gas color, and I can still see the gas in it most of the time, however if it were black? I'd have to add a fuel level gauge somehow, its even hard to tell how much you have by pulling the cap off and looking inside.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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I like natural best on the DRZ. The black will be a bit dull and not shiny like the black painted steel tank and black plastic gets hammered looking quickly. Plus with natural you can easily see how much fuel you've got. Looks spiffy to my eyes.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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I've never been a fan of natural tanks. These tanks typically don't have a locking gas cap - so spend two seconds to twist a cap and see how much fuel you got. But it really depends on what you want, not us.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:33 PM   #9
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A dirt bike is a tool, kinda' like a Black & Decker drill... looks don't improve its functioning. Here, for instance, is my XR650L with the Clarke 4.7 gallon tank. Ugly as a sack full of toads but I can see at a glance how I'm doing on fuel.



You might suggest (politely of course) to your girl friend that she get her own bike and that you'll help her set it up however she desires. And, ahh... think about getting some righteous NC mud smeared all over that tasty DRZ now that fall is here. Just sayin'....
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:36 PM   #10
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i like the natural , but will confess a yellow tank would look good too.

maybe a yellow graphic on the tank will work
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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A dirt bike is a tool, kinda' like a Black & Decker drill... looks don't improve its functioning. Here, for instance, is my XR650L with the Clarke 4.7 gallon tank. Ugly as a sack full of toads but I can see at a glance how I'm doing on fuel.



You might suggest (politely of course) to your girl friend that she get her own bike and that you'll help her set it up however she desires. And, ahh... think about getting some righteous NC mud smeared all over that nice DR now that fall is here. Just sayin'....


Ha ha she does actually have her own bike. Way cooler then mine. triumph bonneville But I would be bored as shit after two min of riding hers. I can't wheelie thru three gears on hers like I can mine. . We had someone take this of us on a two day trip up to mt. Mitchell. She made me hike that dang thing. 11 mile hike round trip. I told her they have a road why are we hiking?



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Old 10-28-2012, 06:49 PM   #12
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I've never been a fan of natural tanks. These tanks typically don't have a locking gas cap - so spend two seconds to twist a cap and see how much fuel you got. But it really depends on what you want, not us.
Have you ever tried that with a black tank?

It is a good thing my LC4E holds 18 liters because you can't see anything by peaking through the gas filler unless it is almost full.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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Natural tanks all yellow over time and end up looking like hell. If you dont give a rats behind about how it looks, get the natural. Otherwise, reset your tripmeter when you fill up and you have a very good idea how much gas you have left without looking. How hard is that?
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:35 PM   #14
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Natural tank offers a view...

http://s1222.photobucket.com/albums/...M%20500%20EXC/

I like the natural tank because it shows the fuel level. Another advantage is that the natural tank does not show scuffs and scrapes as bad as a colored tank.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:48 PM   #15
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Since it seems you're concern is how it looks as opposed to being able to view the fuel level I would vote for a black tank. I think it "looks" better.
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