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Purple Tank
« on: March 04, 2021, 10:57:11 AM »
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The Tank series of bowling balls is one of the longest-running product lines in Motiv history. The Tank bowling balls are known for their control on the harshest of lane conditions. With that same criteria, Motiv introduces the Purple Tank Urethane mid-performance bowling ball. Unlike its predecessors, the Purple Tank has a true urethane coverstock. The coverstock on this ball was built on the technology of the Microcell Polymer but without the issues caused by oil absorption. This coverstock design creates control as well as aggressive traction. It is paired with the proven Flux core to increase the control of the ball and lower the track flare. This core has success on wet/dry conditions when bowlers tend to need shallower angles. The Motiv Purple Tanks is a great match on harsh oil patterns, short sport conditions, and also for big rev bowlers looking for control by providing awesome traction at the mid-lane and the control down the lane that urethane is known for.

Color: Purple
All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown
Coverstock: Solid Urethane
Core: Flux
Finish: 1000 Grit LSS
Mid-lane traction with control down-lane
Recommended Lane Condition: Medium Oil
RG: 2.57 (15# ball)
Differential: 0.015 (15# ball)



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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2021, 01:49:14 PM »
The Purple Tank is the first true urethane release by Motiv in a long time and it's a homerun! I haven't used a lot of urethane on the regional tour, but I will definitely have at least one of these with me at all times, as it's the perfect compliment to the microcell polymer tanks when you're looking for just a little less shape overall.

Being a lefty, this ball will also come in handy for me when the pattern is beat up and instead of moving further inside, I can move further left and not worry about the ball over hooking in the friction.

This is a huge game changer for me and it will be for you as well!

Layout: 60 x 4 1/1 x 40

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2021, 05:01:52 PM »
   60 x 4” x 30

Not all urethanes are created equal. After years of testing and development, which included the fortuitous development of microcell polymer technology, the Purple Tank has arrived and is staking its claim as a seminal ball in modern urethane. By pairing the new Purple Solid Urethane coverstock (finished at 1000 LSS) with the taller Flux Symmetric core (2.57 RG, .015 differential), a superior reaction amongst other balls in its category has been achieved.

I have not been someone who has often thought of throwing urethane since I am a tweener and can get left and throw the ball out to where the friction is. While the hype of this ball grew on me into thinking I might be able to effectively use it, I was not prepared for exactly how stunning its versatile reaction truly is. The first time I threw it was in game two of a league night. This strong shell had no issues reading the lane early enough to start a good, strong motion to the pocket while eliminating the volatility of the backend over/under that had developed. When I would miss a little outside, the taller Flux core would provide just enough wobble to get the ball to tip up in the friction and hit the pocket while continuing through the 5-pin strongly. There is a good chance that I could have thrown this on the fresh that night and seen just as good of a reaction. The next time I tried this ball in league was a game three where both teams had scorched the track-and-left area. Even though I had to be further left than I was comfortable with urethane (at the time), this ball did not disappoint. I was able to open up the lane thanks to the cover/core combination allowing more energy retention than a typical urethane would be able to produce. While I wasn’t wheeling the lane like a reactive ball, the sheer strength of movement this modern urethane unleashed was more than any urethane I had ever thrown, or seen thrown, before.

If you are looking for a urethane ball that creates more motion and power than urethanes that have come before it, grab a Purple Tank. If you need something for drier conditions or oil patterns that you need the utmost control on the backend, grab a Purple Tank. If you are a urethane skeptic but are willing to try something that can dramatically change your mind about the abilities of urethane, grab a Purple Tank. Basically, if you’re a bowler, just grab a Purple Tank.

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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2021, 12:42:34 PM »
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       The Purple Tank is a special piece in the line up. It provides total control and reliability on the lanes. I have been throwing this piece a lot since I received my 1st one. From tournaments to league it’s been getting a lot of use. I used a 4.5’ pin layout to help it get down the lane while allowing it to still create shape off the end of the pattern. The cover is also very versatile in cover changes. Shined up it’s able to store energy and shape more off the end of the pattern and with lower surface it’s able to start up earlier keep that smooth traditional urethane shape. The purple Tank I’ve been using the most is at 3k surface. If you’re looking for a controllable piece or something for higher friction backends check out the Purple Tank today!

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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2021, 10:02:43 PM »
Layout 50x4.5.x20

What can I say about the purple tank, except shots fired! I am beyond excited that MOTIV now has this urethane on the market. With Urethane being such an important part in todays game and such a tool to have this ball is a great piece.
With this layout that I put on it, I found it to be a little early with a very predictable continuous motion downlane. Now with this being urethane I found that when the fronts went away I would lose my angle by having to move right to much, so I drilled up a second one and put an identical layout with this one being 5.5 instead of 4.5. This allowed me to open up the lane much better when the fronts went away and keep that continuous motion. I'm extremely excited to have this ball in my bag everywhere I go!


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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2021, 02:51:45 AM »
With the game constantly evolving, a good urethane ball and knowing how to use it has become an essential ball in everyone's bags.  I'm a huge fan of urethane and use it when I can and if you don't have a Purple Tank in your bag, you're absolutely missing out.

 I've used my Purple Tank a lot on fresher patterns when there's a ton of oil up front and the back ends are flying.  The Purple Tank reads a lot sooner than the reactive balls, taming the back end of the pattern down, but still packs plenty of punch for the pins.  Everyone needs one of these!

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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2021, 03:18:12 PM »
Purple Tank
Layout: 80 x 4 5/8 40
Coverstock: Purple Solid Urethane
Core: Flux
Type: Symmetrical
Box Finish: 1000 Grit LSS
Video: Motiv Purple Tank Layout: 80 x 4 ⅝ x 40

Purple Tank uses its energy early and provides a smoother back end read to that of Blitz, Desert, and Covert.

Purple Solid Urethane is predictable at the breakpoint, and will provide you with a smoother ball motion downlane when compared to Frixion+ Microcell Polymer.

If you are needing a smoother option outside of Microcell Polymer Pearl I encourage you to look at Purple Solid Urethane, it will afford you with excellent control at the breakpoint.

I’ve had minimal success using Purple Tank on heavier patterns, Purple Solid Urethane Coverstock doesn’t carve a lane as Mircocell Polymer Frixtion or MXC Coercion would which makes persfect sense as it isn’t supposed to.

Overall Summary

The weapon of mass destruction known as Purple Tank comes at a surface of 1000 sanded finish, at its core is the Flux core that was also used in Desert Tank and Thrill.  As early as Purple Tank starts its ball motion the Flux core makes it rather useful to a variety of styles, the smooth motion it provides downlane will blend out the breakpoint should the breakpoint become difficult for you to control. 

Typically  urethane is a weapon that I don’t use unless an opportunity presents itself, and that opportunity is rare.  Save for heavier patterns I didn’t expect this type of versatility out of Purple Tank or how muscular its ball motion was, Purple Solid Urethane gave me no problems reading upfront and eliminated breakpoint volatility.  Although Purple Tank did corner for me I was very comfortable playing right for the majority of the night, even when I used it in later blocks of tournaments my foot wasn’t in the gutter.  In the event Microcell Polymer Pearl became too much Purple Solid Urethane would get me home, out of all the urethane weapons Motiv has created Purple Tank is the best one thus far in my hands.

If you have Desert Tank in your bag and feel you need a smaller option, if you need to control breakpoint volatility, if you are skeptical about urethane weaponry and you’re open to trying it for yourself then I encourage you to Tank a look at Purple Tank.
Your game will thank you for it

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Re: Purple Tank
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2021, 09:04:28 PM »
65 x 4 1/8 x 30

Bowler Stats:
Rev Rate – 400-425
Ball Speed – 16.5 mph (down-lane)
PAP – 3 3/4 over, zero

Test Environment:
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The Purple Tank. Having been a fan of the entire Microcell Polymer line, especially the Tank Blitz, I knew this would be a great addition to the lineup. From the looks of the 1000 Grit finish, my prediction was fairly simple in knowing how early the Purple Tank would read into the oil pattern. What I was more curious about was what kind of downlane shape will it create, and how far will it let me migrate my feet to the left. I was fairly surprised at how continuous it was once it came off of the end of the pattern. While the Tank Blitz is the overall stronger of the two, this combination is an absolute force that is hard to stop. 

Great compliment to Tank Blitz
Early read of the lane


Common in reactive equipment, and with how early the urethane reads up front, the signature continuation showed itself as it does not go more “forward” as most would anticipate.  Understanding the use of how and when to use urethane in today’s game is highly important. For my style and preference of laneplay on the fresh patterns, the Tank Blitz was been my benchmark for quite a while. Although the Purple Tank doesn’t create a bigger motion downlane, its ability to read the front part of the lane similarly has become a great option for when the Tank Blitz is just a bit too much. This combination has become a staple in my arsenal and travels with me everywhere. 

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