How often do you contemplate the gas tank in your collector car or, for that matter, in your daily driver? But if you ride a vintage motorcycle, the fuel tank tends to be right there in front of you. In fact, it’s situated between your knees and hard to ignore even if you wanted to.
A few days ago as I wandered around and through the 1,300 or so vintage motorcycles being offered up at the 27th annual Mecum Auctions sale at South Point in Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but notice how the mechanical bits of the bikes were so beautifully, almost sculpturally exposed, including the fuel tanks.
I also was struck by how colorful some of those tanks had been painted by their manufacturers, so proud of their workmanship that they displayed their own names and logos there for all to see.