It's all new tooling. The molds are half inch thick aluminum "boxes" that bolt together to make the shape of the product. Buying the aluminum is over 10k and then there's the CNC time to make the shapes. To spend time instead of money, I'll probably be the toolmaker: the one who installs the clamping system, dresses the flanges, installs the inserts' drill bushings, etc. I'm already going to be the CAD man. I did that for the MTS tank.I appreciate the updates, Chris..
Keeping the look is kind of the point for me. I'm not opposed to other looks, but it's hard to imagine liking one more.
It is after all a big reason as to why I'm so stuck on the bike in the first place..
For that matter, why are you not too hot on the idea of the classic shape tank? Just because of raising the costs?
Any wrap will need to have vent holes in it. Just like when you'd see wraps (or large stickers) applied to off road bikes. Fuel vapor will eventually start bubbles. You probably could just pop them with an X-Acto knife. No one wants "probably" and additionally, no one is willing to experiment. If someone wants to try a wrap and has an S2R, I'll give them a MTT tank to test. Needs to be a commuter or frequent rider.Would wrap-able tanks be more realistic than paint-able? I have absolutely nothing against wraps. I think they can look fabulous.
I never did quite understand why wraps wouldn't work on your track tanks. Like, specifically why. I only ever heard that it wouldn't, but no one knew why. Expansion?
Might be a good time to go over why they can't be painted, and what you have in mind to fix it.