Tank Yellowjacket

Item Number: MTVBTKYEL

$204.9930 Read Reviews


Introducing the Tank Yellowjacket, the ultimate choice for dominating challenging environments. The Tank line is already known for its exceptional control, but the Yellowjacket Tour Edition takes it to the next level with a microcell polymer (MCP) coverstock featuring MOTIV’s new Duramax™ additive.  This innovative technology gives you a strong MCP shape while being adaptive to finish adjustments.

Featuring Frixion™ Mark 5 Solid MCP coverstock, the Tank Yellowjacket is set apart because it utilizes new Duramax™ technology.  This technology allows the ball to resist lane-shine and hold the finish profile longer.  This is especially important on aggressively sanded bowling balls like this one boasting a 1000 Grit LSS finish.  Yet, unlike other balls in this performance class, the Tank Yellowjacket is also easily tunable for high friction environments that require a higher finish with more energy retention.  Amazingly, Duramax™ technology allows the Tank Yellowjacket to hold traction, even at a higher finish.

To achieve the desired ball motion for the Tank Yellowjacket, we've carefully selected the Flux core - the ultra-high RG and low differential core that minimizes down-lane motion.  This feature empowers you to use cover texture to determine when the ball reads the lane so adjustments can be made accordingly.  

Our team at MOTIV has worked tirelessly to engineer a versatile microcell polymer shape with a cover that can be adjusted faster and easier to suit any environment.  Whether you're bowling on extreme wet/dry or another challenging condition, the Tank Yellowjacket will give you the control you need to excel on the lanes.


  • Speed Dominant - For a speed dominant bowler, MCP ball motion is seldom necessary. However, the Duramax Anti-Lane Shine additive in the Yellowjacket does make this ball useful to speed dominant bowlers in the absolute highest friction environments they could ever encounter.  Otherwise, speed dominant players will be best served to use the Tank Yellowjacket in higher friction environments when looking to play straight and control wet/dry conditions.
  • Balanced - Bowlers with complementary speed and rev rate can use the Tank Yellowjacket when other balanced bowlers use urethane.  However, due to the easily adjusted coverstock, balanced bowlers may also use the Yellowjacket when the lanes are very dry and difficult to control. 
  • Rev Dominant - Crankers will find many uses for the Tank Yellowjacket as it can control wet-dry on many volumes of oil due to their speed to rev rate ratio.  These bowlers will enjoy using the latest Tank on sport patterns and anything where an ultra smooth ball motion is critical.  Additionally, rev dominant bowlers who are typically unable to use urethane due to how early it reads will be able to shine the Yellowjacket cover to use it when balanced bowlers are using the urethane.

Tip: Check with your local pro shop for the best prices. 

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  • Weight BlockFlux™ Symmetric
  • Cover StockFrixion M5 Microcell Polymer
  • Finish1000 Grit LSS
  • Weight Range14, 15, 16
  • Length33
  • Backend33
  • Hook41
  • Flare Potential2"+
  • 16

    Radius of Gyration 2.57Max Differential .013
  • 15

    Radius of Gyration 2.57Max Differential .015
  • 14

    Radius of Gyration 2.57Max Differential .018
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Reviews 5.0 (Based on 30 reviews) Write A Review

  1. 02/21/2024
    Product Tank Yellowjacket
    From Newcastle NSW Australia
    About Me Speed and Rev Dominant
    Rating 5.0
    Reliable go-to Choice

    I always hated urethane growing up, the Motiv started MCP and I bought the Carbide to begin with and was still unsure then I was referred to the Yellowjacket and now I’m use to it it’s one of my go-to bowling balls along with my Jackal Ghost and Black Venom. Goes with me to league and tournaments. Highly reccomend considering getting a second and polishing it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  2. 01/10/2024
    Product Tank Yellowjacket
    From Willmar, MN
    About Me 15 years of age, two hander wither 3yrs of experience
    Rating 5.0
    This ball hits like a tank!

    This ball has so much power, I put a control layout on mine and sanded it to 500 grit. I absolutely love this ball, it has shot my average up by at least 10pins on certain conditions. This thing is early and has a lot of miss room. This ball had me shoot my high series of 751 with a 247, 247, 257. This ball is insane I love this ball so much. I might buy another one and drill it differently in the near future. My first and definitely not my last Motiv bowling ball. MOTIVnation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  3. 12/15/2023
    Product Tank Yellowjacket
    From Milwaukee, WI
    Rating 5.0
    Takes Surface Changes Amazing

    I have a basic 3in pin on this ball and I absolutely love how I can play with the surface on it and it does exactly what you'd expect it to do be doing with those changes! Such a smooth and predictable ball, first ball out of my bag on sport/challenge patterns

    I would recommend this to a friend

  4. 12/04/2023
    Product Tank Yellowjacket
    From San Jose California
    About Me I’m a lefty been out of bowling for about 21 years, started bowling when I was 6 years old, I’m 58 now
    Rating 5.0
    Tank Yellowjacket comes thru

    I was very skeptical about getting the Yellowjacket, then my wife surprised me with one. It took a minute to adjust to, but now that I got it figured out it is my go to ball replacing my Purple Tank, which I thought would never happen! No matter what rotation of balls I put in my bag the Tank Yellowjacket is always there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  5. 10/09/2023
    Product Tank Yellowjacket
    From Raleigh, NC
    About Me Motiv Staff
    Rating 5.0
    Yellowjacket for the Win!

    The Tank Yellowjacket is a tank with some TEETH! This ball comes at 1000 grit and really digs hard fresh out of the box. The reaction gets better with some games on it. Once the cover is broken in, this ball gives more of a traditional urethane reaction with motion in the front part of the lane. I like this ball on the shorter patterns with about 2000 or 3000 surface. The Yellowjacket is much straighter than the Carbide Tank which gives the Tank line even more depth!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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