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Ok was looking at tank bras for my Niken GT. Years ago I  had a Mag Knight tank bra for my '95 Kawasaki ZX-6E that worked great.  

 

Called them up in Washington state and they don't make one specifically for Niken and suggested that I try their smaller patch versions instead. But before I ordered, they cautioned me to check with a magnet to verify that my gas tank will allow the user of magnets. 

I took a magnet to the gas tank, lo and behold, if did not attract at all. So is my gas tank not of metal that allows magnets to attract or is it a by product of the matte paint?

Never had a bike before where the tank didn't allow you to put on this kind of tank protection,  is this normal for newer bikes?

 


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I currently own 3 motorcycles and none of them would accommodate magnetic tank pads or bags.  They all have plastic tanks or tank covers. 

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Could the tank be aluminum?   Also yeah as Duhg said, the upper section is all a plastic cover.   But  I didnt know if the tank itself was Aluminum or not.

 

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My bike has the gas tank under the seat.  The "tank" is plastic and covers the battery and air box.  I ordered some rare earth magnets and used double-sided tape to hold them on the underside of the plastic "tank" panels.

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15 hours ago, Clegg78 said:

Could the tank be aluminum?   Also yeah as Duhg said, the upper section is all a plastic cover.   But  I didnt know if the tank itself was Aluminum or not.

 

The tank on my 2015 FJ is definitely steel, and I can’t imagine it would be any different on a newer Tracer or a Niken.   I just double-checked with the magnet in my RokForm phone case, and it stuck firmly wherever I put it on the metal portions.   

That said,  there is a lot of plastic covering the front half of the tank, plus the area where the seat matches up to the back edge of the tank.   I can see why a magnetic tank bag wouldn’t work, since the front edge/half of the bag would have nothing to cling to.  

The steel part is painted red, but only aft of those elevated plastic covers & center black trim panel... 

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I guess I forgot that the plastic only covers the front of the FJ tank. 


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On 9/16/2020 at 3:47 PM, texscottyd said:

The tank on my 2015 FJ is definitely steel, and I can’t imagine it would be any different on a newer Tracer or a Niken.   I just double-checked with the magnet in my RokForm phone case, and it stuck firmly wherever I put it on the metal portions.   

That said,  there is a lot of plastic covering the front half of the tank, plus the area where the seat matches up to the back edge of the tank.   I can see why a magnetic tank bag wouldn’t work, since the front edge/half of the bag would have nothing to cling to.  

The steel part is painted red, but only aft of those elevated plastic covers & center black trim panel... 

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My tank appears to be metal (non magnetic). I checked the underside to see if it was just plastic cladding - looks like only the front part is plastic cladding. 

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Saw on Youtube that Niken tank is alloy. I'm assuming alluminum.

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9 minutes ago, peteinpa said:

Saw on Youtube that Niken tank is alloy. I'm assuming alluminum.

Is definitely not magnetic steel. I didn't know they  make  motorcycle  gas tanks out of aluminum. I knew they did frames, swingarms and wheels, just not gas tanks. Learned something new!


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