The minor frame construction change of the lower tubes of the backbone at the motor top front mount between the earliest S frame and later versions should not make any difference in which of the fuel tanks you can use. The AE plastic tank could be replaced with any of the steel tanks from S and SF models.My fiberglass fuel tank on my American Eagle has failed and I have been trying to find a retro tank or tank that will at least fit the frame. Not much luck, the frame changed in "71" I beleive. Any help out there would be appreciated.
I saw on ebay from Germany not so long ago but can't find it again now, an early SFC GRP tank that had a steel inner tank fitted to retain the original appearance while safer for racing.Just an idea- how about making it a cover for a steel tank underneath, I’ve seen it done ( not on a Laverda) but you retain the original look but can get any fabricator to make or convert an existing tank So will be far cheaper than a custom built replica tank.
I have twice sealed my tank, but it has failed both times. One of the problems I have is trying to prepare the inside of the tank. because of the way they were built the seams in the fiberglass have a lot of loose crevices and you can not clean them out well. If any one has a good way to prepare the tank please let me know. I like the idea of useing the original tank over a new inner tank to preserve the look of the bike. I would be interested if someone would be interested in building multiple tanks to save on cost.I saw on ebay from Germany not so long ago but can't find it again now, an early SFC GRP tank that had a steel inner tank fitted to retain the original appearance while safer for racing.
I too would be interested in an inner tank to fit closely inside the American Eagle sport tank - any others if we found somebody to build some at a sensible price?
The original is a fairly squat profile, not so tall as either SF tank or the GT so can't afford to waste much inside space inside a top shell but a liner tank could be pretty basic with a couple of gallons capacity, fit the front and rear mount positions and inside the upper cover from the original aligning the filler. The steel base of SF tank could be used as a pattern.
Any wider interest?
Does your tank have the original style big cap and luggage rack? Cost with shipping to USA?Before any body calls me a bad salesman, I've had a freshly painted GT tank and side panels for 1st type GT for sale for donkeys years. Nobody is interested. They all want to convert their SF into a shabby orange SFC lookalike.
And incidentally, first type GT side panels will not fit later frames. Rear frame tubes are not identical.