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Old 09-02-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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strapping fuel cans to bike? suggestions or better ideas.

On a desert ride in Morocco in few weeks my buddies and I will need extra fuel for a few desert track crossings. We only need about 10 l each on two occasions so buying an expensive collapsible fuel bladder is out of the question. I've read a few threads on other sites about using water bags and the like but it seems a bit to iffy to me.
Basically I plan to carefully strap good plastic jerry cans to our bikes, and refill the bike's tanks as soon as there is room. I think that if we take reasonable precautions like not strapping the things to the exhaust and venting pressure buildup from time to time we should be fine.
I realize that this is not an ideal set up for the long haul but we will be out in the sand, there is a likelihood of some wipeouts but there's nothing to big crash into out there.
Any comments?
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:19 PM   #2
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Maybe purge the pressure if needed.
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Old 09-03-2008, 04:36 PM   #3
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There's no shortage of suitable plastic containers sold in hardware stores in Morocco. Consider bringing a collapsable funnel with you.

You'll be using fuel at the rate of possibly 1 litre for every 15-20 km, so the best thing is to stop from time to time and top up the main tank.

When you've finished with the container, stick the top back on and leave it by the side of the piste, someone will be grateful for it.

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Old 09-03-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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I think yer on the right track. When I carried 10 liters, I put some Teflon plumbing tape on the threads, and duct tape over everything- to keep the caps on and clean.

When yer done we need a ride report with pics!
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:15 PM   #5
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Fuel Packs

Hey Dominic,

I bought these, just got them and haven't tried them out. They hold 1.25 U.S. Gallons-about 4 liters, i think--don't know if you can get them in europe. They have a mount that attaches to a pannier and makes them easy to carry, also they make one to carry water (white).

Here is a link to the manufacturer;

http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/pro...uel-packs.html

And here is a retailer;

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=441063

And here is a photo;

OK good luck

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:44 PM   #6
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I like this one http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/pro...fuel-pack.html
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:42 PM   #7
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2ea 1.5 gallon Rear Tanks, with a 4 gallon fuel tank
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:45 PM   #8
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After nearly getting caught fuel-less on the way down here, I've added ocho litros to the bike.



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Old 09-15-2008, 08:35 AM   #9
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Well we're off to Morocco by plane tonight, start riding on Tuesday. Our setup will surely be like Klevin's, I'll post when I get back about how it worked. I'll also make a full ride report.

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I know this will not appeal to everybody. But my solution is to carry all my gear in a single wheel trailer, keep the bike light, drop off trailer at a base camp, explore, move on. The fuel tanks give me good loiter time without having to drive out for gas.

Because the bike is light and geared down I can carry alot of gear even though the bike engine is 196cc. My current range should I need to push it is somewhere between 600 and 750 miles (depending on terrain, winds, bike speed, etc). I can change rear gears very quickly about 15-20 or less from a 47-55). It's amazing where this thing can go.

In arid regions I take fewer gas cans and carry water cans in lieu of fuel.

See pictures below.





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Old 02-07-2009, 12:06 AM   #11
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quite the set-up

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I know this will not appeal to everybody. But my solution is to carry all my gear in a single wheel trailer, keep the bike light, drop off trailer at a base camp, explore, move on. The fuel tanks give me good loiter time without having to drive out for gas.

Because the bike is light and geared down I can carry alot of gear even though the bike engine is 196cc. My current range should I need to push it is somewhere between 600 and 750 miles (depending on terrain, winds, bike speed, etc). I can change rear gears very quickly about 15-20 or less from a 47-55). It's amazing where this thing can go.

In arid regions I take fewer gas cans and carry water cans in lieu of fuel.

See pictures below.





Wow. I give you a 9.5 for creativity and a 10 for individuality. Yup, a lot of folks wouldn't go for it, but it looks like it works great. Pretty cool set-up.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:14 AM   #12
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:50 AM   #14
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I know this will not appeal to everybody. But my solution is to carry all my gear in a single wheel trailer, keep the bike light, drop off trailer at a base camp, explore, move on. The fuel tanks give me good loiter time without having to drive out for gas.

Because the bike is light and geared down I can carry alot of gear even though the bike engine is 196cc. My current range should I need to push it is somewhere between 600 and 750 miles (depending on terrain, winds, bike speed, etc). I can change rear gears very quickly about 15-20 or less from a 47-55). It's amazing where this thing can go.

In arid regions I take fewer gas cans and carry water cans in lieu of fuel.

See pictures below.





I've seen that Uni-Trak Dakar trailer on the Dauntless website.

Tell us about it. Your impressions, etc...
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I've seen that Uni-Trak Dakar trailer on the Dauntless website.

Tell us about it. Your impressions, etc...
Thanks for your request. I'm working on a write up and will post it on this site. But at this time I don't want to disrupt this thread, PM me and I will respond to your request.

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