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Motorcycle Gas Tanks

Many different companies design and create motorcycle gas tanks, including Honda, KTM, Suzuki, and Yamaha. The types of materials used in their construction vary. Certain types of motorcycle gas tanks may suit your needs better than others.

What types of gas tanks do motorcycles utilize?

Steel, plastic, and fiberglass are the materials that are used to hold gasoline. A tank may or may not be internally coated. An internal coating helps reduce the likelihood of rust. Most bikes use uncoated steel tanks. While plastic is sometimes used, fiberglass is rarely used by motorcycles for fuel storage.

What are the features of steel and plastic gas tanks?

Steel gas tanks are very durable and, when properly constructed, will not allow gas to eat through the outer shell. They can be welded into any desired form.

Plastic gas tanks are light and allow you to minimize the weight of your bike. Plastic does not rust and mitigates any noise that is produced by the gasoline moving around.

What are some fuel tank parts?

Here are some of the parts of a motorcycle’s fuel tank:

  • The liner: This part seals the tank and protects it against rust and corrosion. There are a variety of liners, and they differ based on the material used during the construction process.
  • The line: This part connects the engine to the fuel tank and allows for the gas to run between the two.
  • The filter: This part stops rust, dirt, and other particles from entering the engine.
  • The cap: This part allows for a tank to be sealed after adding or removing fuel.
  • The petcock: This part is a valve that controls the flow of gas. Some bikes, such as vintage ones, use a value with an on, off, and reserve setting. Other motorcycles rely on automatically operated petcocks.
How can you clean a gas tank?
  1. Disconnect your gas tank by unstrapping and unscrewing the tank.
  2. Remove the petcock, gasoline caps, and any attached hoses.
  3. Close off the fuel tank by attaching a clamp to the fuel line near the carburetor.
  4. After separating the carburetor and fuel line, hold the line above a bucket and drain it.
  5. Pour and suction out any remaining gasoline and make sure it is empty.
  6. Check for any abnormalities on the gas tank, such as rust or defects. If the filter is dirty, replace it.
  7. Use high-pressure water to clean the fuel tank.
  8. After letting it dry, rinse it out a second time with water.