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View Poll Results: Which size gas tank do you prefer?
2.1 gallon Peanut tank 62 13.42%
3.3 gallon King tank 189 40.91%
4.5 gallon tank 191 41.34%
Aftermarket alternative (please post details) 20 4.33%
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Sportster Classic is having a 3.5 and stopping every 90-120 miles


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I am a fan of having more fuel, so vote for the 4.5 gallon tank. Although; I think that each tank can look great. Handlebars, Color, Seat, Fender, etc.. all impact the overall look.

The minor changes I did on my XL883N, work to make the 4.5 gallon tank look like in belongs. At least I think so.

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That's a great looking bike!
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i love the Peanut
maybe i'm wrong... but IMO without a Peanut it's not a proper Sporty...
a great improvement was made from the 2.1 to the 3.3 gallons tank

p.s. i also understand the needs and the reasons for the guys who mounted a 4.5 gallons though
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The original Sportsters didn't have peanut tanks.
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The original Sportsters didn't have peanut tanks.
I'd have to agree. The original looks less like a 3.3 or 2.1 and more similar to the 4.5.



And it appears to have been a 4.4 gallon tank.
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I'd have to agree. The original looks less like a 3.3 or 2.1 and more similar to the 4.5.



And it appears to have been a 4.4 gallon tank.
https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...dson-sportster
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Form vs function... that's the rub for me. I have the 4.5 gallon tank so I can actually put in some decent saddle time between fuel stops when touring but damn if the peanut tank doesn't have one of the most beautiful shapes ever put on a motorcycle.
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Form vs function... that's the rub for me. I have the 4.5 gallon tank so I can actually put in some decent saddle time between fuel stops when touring but damn if the peanut tank doesn't have one of the most beautiful shapes ever put on a motorcycle.
Such is my thoughts. I love my 2.2 on my 48. However that limits the bike to basically an urban bike........... or so I thought.
I jumped on my BT one day to ride from Phoenix to Cali and paid a bit of attention. It seems when I am going cross country I stop about every 90 minutes of so to either get gas, or pull in somewhere to stretch out and get a bottle of water. Now seeing how I get about 42 mpg and I carry two liter sized fuel bottles with me, then I can easily do that on the 48. I tried it and it worked.

Or so I thought, after 4 hours in the saddle of my sporty, I knew why I owned the big twin, for that big comfortable seat and the suspension in the rear that smooths out the road.

So I am back to it would be nice to get the mileage from a big tank, but that 2.2 is the most beautiful tank on a Bike I have ever seen.

However, my RK is the bike for doing long miles on.
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