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The center stand lifts the rear wheel off the ground. How far depends on your wheel size and the shocks you have.

I am using one temporarily for my P3 Solo while it's being worked on.



It also depends on how soft the ground is.

They are NOT a great design. Getting the bike on and off is not a "ladies Job".

But it odes allow you to rotate the rear wheel.

If you have something like the work platform I use you can hook tie downs to the rear of the bike and hold the rear down while you work on the front forks.
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Thanks for answers. Great tank to ride more than 100km between gas stations ! perhaps I have to look for one for my next alp's tours.
Ok I ordered one and will see. This will help me for most of job. The picture show that the kit is realy on rear side.
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I needed a large metal (aluminum) tank to hold enough Methanol for 7 laps at Phillip Island.
Can't use fiberglass (it de-laminates) and at WOT these engines drink a LOT of fuel.
A peanut tank would be lucky to get me through the warm up lap.
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More Rocketster than Sportster !
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The center stand lifts the rear wheel off the ground. How far depends on your wheel size and the shocks you have.

I am using one temporarily for my P3 Solo while it's being worked on.



It also depends on how soft the ground is.

They are NOT a great design. Getting the bike on and off is not a "ladies Job".

But it odes allow you to rotate the rear wheel.

If you have something like the work platform I use you can hook tie downs to the rear of the bike and hold the rear down while you work on the front forks.
That is a really nice looking tank. Who sells it??
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That's actually a hand beaten tank based on a Norton Manx style tank.

I originally had it made to go on my sidecar but despite my discussions with the man, drawings showing dimensions and even a cardboard template, it was made wrong.

But one day I picked it up and to my astonishment it fits almost perfectly on the Sportster frame !

I might be able to do the full 3 laps at The Isle of Mann with this one ! (Every lap there is 37 miles !)
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There are a number of people who make this style of tank. The guy I dealt with was in India. They make a lot of different tanks and can make just about anything you want.

Here's a sample.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cafe-Racer-...EAAOxyyq5TMuVF


There are guys in the USA as well, but check the price (and it's more if you want a custom tank)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cafe-Racer-...EAAOxyyq5TMuVF


And your problems stem from the fact that you need "wells" on the bottom of the tank to clear the Sportster heads.

If I was going to try to adopt one of these tanks to a Sportster frame I would just buy one from India (The USA made are no better) and take it to a local fabricator with the measurements I needed for the wells, and have him add then.

You are also going to work out how to mount these tanks. The original tanks sat on two frame rails and a flat bottom was no problem. It was held on by a strap running over the top of the tank from the neck to the seat area of the frame.
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There are a number of people who make this style of tank. The guy I dealt with was in India. They make a lot of different tanks and can make just about anything you want.

Here's a sample.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cafe-Racer-...EAAOxyyq5TMuVF


There are guys in the USA as well, but check the price (and it's more if you want a custom tank)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cafe-Racer-...EAAOxyyq5TMuVF


And your problems stem from the fact that you need "wells" on the bottom of the tank to clear the Sportster heads.

If I was going to try to adopt one of these tanks to a Sportster frame I would just buy one from India (The USA made are no better) and take it to a local fabricator with the measurements I needed for the wells, and have him add then.

You are also going to work out how to mount these tanks. The original tanks sat on two frame rails and a flat bottom was no problem. It was held on by a strap running over the top of the tank from the neck to the seat area of the frame.
Thanks! I have seen some similar to yours on some Norton race bikes, and a one or two street bikes. I should say, "I have seen pictures". I think I have only seen one in the flesh. I kind of know one of the India suppliers from the Barber Vintage Festival... They are always there, nice folks but as far as I know they only take orders at Barber..... the 10-15 tanks they bring are displays.

I really like the looks of an Ironhead with an aluminum tank......
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Probably the best in America is (was ?) Even Wilcox. But not only did you need really deep pockets I was looking at a two year wait when I contacted him a few years ago.
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