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Old 03-20-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Time to pull the curtain back on a project I have been working on for a while.

I love my F800 and have since I bought it. My only real complaint is the fuel range of the stock bike. I tried a few extra fuel options. All had their pluses and minuses. Ultimately, I wasn't totally happy with the options available.

I started plotting and planning a couple years ago with these needs in mind:

-hold roughly 2 gallons
-not interfere with a top box or duffle bag
-work with hard panniers and racks
-not require a fuel pump for transfer

I'm sure some of you figured out what was going on with these threads:

What panniers are you running thread

Auxiliary fuel tank thread

Here's what I came up with.



MCMXCIVRS was kind enough to let me install the tank on his BMW pannier equipped F800 to test the fit.









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Old 03-20-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Wow!!

Looks great!! Very polished!

Let me be the first to ask about SW-Motech side rack fit?

I imagine it's sturdy enough to have a GL Great Basin sit against it or the new Siskiyous?

Does it drain first or second?

When? and of course $$?

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:38 AM   #3
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He mentioned on the other thread that price would be half of the touratech tank, so my guess is it would be around US$1,000.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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He mentioned on the other thread that price would be half of the touratech tank, so my guess is it would be around US$1,000.
We will be just under the $500 mark.

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Wow!!

Looks great!! Very polished!

Let me be the first to ask about SW-Motech side rack fit?

I imagine it's sturdy enough to have a GL Great Basin sit against it or the new Siskiyous?

Dave

It's gone through several revisions, in fact it started with me sitting on a milk crate, carving up a chunk of rigid styrofoam with a bread knife. It's been a fun project.

Which racks work and which ones don't... I tried it on as many systems as I could and tweaked the shape accordingly.

Fit's for sure:
-BMW aluminum Adventure cases. The notch in the side of the tank is to clear the cam lock.
-TouraTech Zega
-Touratech Zega Special (with a new rear support bar)
-Giant Loop Great Basin
-Giant Loop Siskiyou

Definitely won't fit:
-BMW Vario
-Jesses
-Any rack systems that use under seat/under tank mounts (see pic below).

Maybe:
-a ton of brands. We hope to have a comprehensive list by the time the tanks are available for sale.




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Does it drain first or second?

When?

Dave
-This tank drains first via siphon to the main.

-We are estimating 8-10weeks until they are ready.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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I've been in on the secret for some time as one of the test fitters Cory has used. Gotta give him credit for a ton of work he's done to get this tank designed and ready to manufacture; the few others that hinted at this type of tank in the works have not had the determination to get anywhere near this far in the process. This is something that has been long overdue for the F twin GSs. I'll be at the front of the line to get mine.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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Looks very interesting, very nicely done.

Does look like it might effect clearance for the swing arm?

Would very much like extra fuel carrying though!
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:02 PM   #7
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Definitely won't fit:
-Any rack systems that use under seat/under tank mounts (see pic below).
Darn. I think that makes it incompatible with Wolfman and SW Motech, at least.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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Oh, and I had to go and buy Jesses... Nice piece of kit!
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #9
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That is genious!
as long as I don't have to put a hole through my tank and as long as I can remove it when I want to I'll get one definitely!
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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and add Hepco Becker to the incompatible list?

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Darn. I think that makes it incompatible with Wolfman and SW Motech, at least.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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We will be just under the $500 mark.

Now you have my attention! For $1000, I'll just go buy a red can and a strap. For $500 I can get a well planned and thought out setup that can be reversed, looks OEM and I don't have to pay extra to get it painted a matching colour. No fork spring change either!

As long as it doesn't explode like an old Ford Pinto, I'm in!

Oh, and don't use the BMW special non-cohesive fuel tank plastic.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #12
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Pannier pics

Since there are dozens of pannier systems out there it's tough to say what will and won't fit without actually trying it. However, we can probably get good list of "maybes" and "definitely nots" if inmates can post pics of their rack systems.

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #13
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Great idea and looks very clean. I've got the Vario's unfortunately and the fuel capacity does kind of suck...
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:36 AM   #14
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Yeah, usually I get 150-160 miles before the low fuel light comes on and I'm pretty religious about filling back up as soon as the light comes on. But this last tank was 132.

Needless to say, there was some spirited riding going on. Pushing me up to 200 miles would be perfect. Thats about my max before I want to take a break from riding.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:23 PM   #15
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Bummer, we would be in for two if we could come up with a way of bodgy fitting it with our pannier mountings (Jesse and Hepco) that use the obscured front mounting bolts, but from the pics it looks like the mounting design doesn't have any avenues for "shed adjustment" or fabrication of a custom mount to make them fit.

Kudos for the attention to detail in the design - lotsa work and head scratching has obviously gone into it!
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