Hawthorn Tank Bike

Discussion in 'BIKE I.D. & VALUATION QUESTIONS' started by BScubed, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. BScubed

    BScubed

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    Just got this from a friend. Been wanting to make a klunker and am thinking of using the frame. Just wanted to make sure it wasn't worth beaucoup bucks before I do that. I'm muscle bike guy so I don't really know the tank stuff. I'm guessing it's pretty run of the mill tank bike but I dunno. Any advice on what parts might be worth if I part it out would be most helpful.

    Thanks!
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  2. Phil Fink

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    Using the generator on the klunker would be probably be okay.
    Some might say that making a klunker out of any muscles bike might be preferred over "improving" any mostly complete tank bike.
    Maybe an exception in this case, sure looks odd; might be one of the last tank bikes; Snyder built. I like it better than the "space" look.
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  3. Wildcat

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    I would leave this bike like it is and get another bike for a klunker. It's all there down to the original wheels and pedals.
    But the bare frame would make a cool klunker. I would save everything in a safe place and use the bare frame as the base for the klunker. It will need a heavier fork and stronger wheels anyway. Seat and handlebars too. A 3 piece crank conversion would be good too. Something along these lines:

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