ChopCult Pictorial: Oil Tanks


For obvious reasons, gas tanks generally receive the lion's share of most viewers' attention. Their size and prominence are contributing factors, and paint, shape and patina solidify the allure. Oil tanks get short shrift when it comes to building buzz for a bike's aesthetic. I personally love them, and on the ten or so motorcycles I've wrenched on with friends I've seen all kinds: horseshoes, boxes, barrels, custom-crafted sheetmetal obelisques, monocoques and even a badly dented battery box combo or two.



Hoses, hard lines, fittings and hardware add further intrigue to oil bags, and are another reason we're giving this easily overlooked component its 15 minutes of fame. If you've got a finished oil bag or a project in progress, please share it with CC members in the main forum.

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Commented on 12-29-2010 At 09:36 am

the finned Offy bag is the best looking bag I've ever seen. I want one.

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 10:37 am

they did a how to in dice (i think it was) to make your own offy oil tank; or same type.

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 10:44 am

someone should scan that article cuz that thing is awsome

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 11:36 am

Chris at LA Speed did that Offy tank it is the SHIT. The man is talented as hell!

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 02:46 pm

ha, you typed monocoques....

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 04:51 pm

exhibiting the vast waredrobe of yet anothe part oft overlooked. neat stuff shown

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 10:17 pm

love em all

Commented on 12-29-2010 At 11:24 pm

Nice article. I like all of them. The finned and the blue built in fender are rulers....

Commented on 12-30-2010 At 07:19 am

My favorite is the mean green bulleye!

Commented on 12-30-2010 At 08:06 am

the offy one is pretty cool, i gotta say im partial to the horseshoe tank though

Commented on 12-30-2010 At 08:15 am

I like them all, but that skull shift knob beside the white poke a dot bag is the shits!

Commented on 12-30-2010 At 08:16 am

I like them all, but that skull shift knob beside the white poke a dot bag is the shits!

Commented on 12-30-2010 At 11:12 am

thanks for the great pics as usual! man a oil tank can really make or break the flow of a bike...this was great insperation for me

Commented on 1-1-2011 At 09:28 pm

The tank welded into the fender is so cool. Props to who ever built that.

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