Originally Posted by AdvMtnRider
Putting all that wait on the back of the panniers sounds like a bad idea for the sub-frame. If it is the desert, maybe it will not matter because it is so flat.
We needed more fuel reserves in the desert than in the mountains but we almost always had fuel when we were in the High Atlas. Fuel is a necessity so it must go somewhere. One of the advantages of smaller bottles/cans/jugs for fuel is that you can pack it strategically to distribute weight. Another is that it's actually really easy to top up your main tank from small mouth bottles, so we tended to do it at most breaks.
I have to recommend not anywhere near the muffler though, the thought of turning into a rolling fireball in the middle of desert was always there as I distributed load.