I was motivated to start this thread because of a number of conversations I've had with owners regarding the increasing problems with the plastic tank and the current solution offered by Norton which is basically to buy their alloy tank at a highway robbery price. I say shame on them given the plastic item is not fit for purpose. I have been in discussions with a very well established and respected UK alloy tank manufacturer who would be happy to tool up to make a short run of tanks. The proposal is that an initial group buy will qualify participants for a significant discount that roughly covers the initial tooling and development costs and the manufacturer can take his profit in sales thereafter. As a very rough estimate at this stage an alloy tank with a recess to take the OE fuel filler, the battery on the spine and a welded in machined plate with blind tapped holes to take the fuel pump would work out at between £870 and £900, inc Vat plus delivery if we can give firm commitment (ie a deposit for the hard of thinking) to build between 6 and 8 tanks. Over to you guys. Q&A q, Who the hell are you fella! a, I have a low post count here but I'm well known elsewhere including for running successful G-Buys, mods please get in touch and I'll happily respond. q, why are you secretive about the manufacturer? a, because i'm negotiating with him to get one design at one price (or options as we agree here) and I'm not going to fill his day up with nuisance calls that will dilute our credibility and his goodwill. I will reveal all at the appropriate time and before any financial commitment is sought. If we don't reach that point then you will never know! but I will at least have saved intrusion into his work day and his integrity in the eyes of his current customer base. Any further questions of this nature will prompt a more robust response. q, how do we know you won't run off into the night with our money you Tuareg! a, Because, my little wallflower, you won't be giving me any money. I'm just happy to put this deal together because I'm semi retired and I have more time than money or sense (you know, a Norton owner!). If we get to the stage where we are agreed on spec, pricing and GB numbers I will put together a time based list including a short reserve list in case of dropouts. I will then publish the manufacturers website so members can satisfy themselves of the quality then you will be asked to place a deposit or possibly just straight payment direct with the manufacturer. Any other questions please ask away.