About Cafe Racer Tank
Light on weight, heavy on style: Cafe racer motorcycles are hip, retro, and the ultimate choice for fun weekend riding. Whether you are modifying a frame to get that old-school look, or you just want a replacement, your cafe racer tank is a vital element in the design of your bike. The origins of the cafe racer style date back to 1960s Britain, when rockers were looking for lightweight, light-powered bikes for quick rides between cafes and coffee bars. The design is lean and stripped back, optimized for speed and handling rather than comfort. In order to maintain that sleek appearance, and to keep the weight down, a cafe racer gas tank needs to be small and light. Many bike enthusiasts purchase secondhand tanks taken from vintage bikes, as this allows them to capture that authentic style. However, a used cafe racer tank may have bangs or dents, and some love and care may be necessary to get a high-quality finish. An alternative is to purchase custom-made tanks. Based on original specifications for OEM tanks, these custom pieces are often raw metal, so you can match it to your existing bodywork. Original and scratch-built tanks are widely available among the vast inventory on eBay.