i have mixed feelings about top tanks. i like 'em, but...well of course i like 'em, i like motorcycles. i think the mags and cobras and jawa supremes and 210 sports are all cool, especially w/ mods.
i'm a bit of a purist, though. i think top tanks in their stock state are the transvestites of mopeds. i see them as machines that are looking to be something they are not. a 49cc moped trying to be a 'real" motorcycle, and falling short while watching the speedo. in leau of a top tank, i will kit my '65 honda super 90. it's a real motorcycle.
that being said, a custom, kitted top-tanker is friggin' bad-ass! why not make your topper look and perform even more like a motorcycle w/ mods?
i think if i was gonna kit and customize a bike, i would search and find a maxi n, and leave the top tank alone.
although, if you guys are anything like me, you take what you get, and answer when opportunity knocks.
if i were that guy that just got the $20 cobra, you bet i'd be a top tank fan.