Yes , the black tank does look the part . But the Alum tank is certainly the keeper for years to come . When the plastic tank finally gives up , you have a great tank to fall back on . Lets be honest , would any of us be complaining right now if Norton would have just put the Alum tank but painted on our bikes up front ? It's the extra cost that has us chaffing , naturally .. The steel tanks must have been more costly for them to get made . I wish they would have reconsidered that before they went with plastic(or whatever it is) . They are making the same mistake again with the 650 , going with the molded (plastic) gas tanks !