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Old 04-10-2012, 01:24 AM   #946
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Looks like the tank is coming along nicely. Really looking forward to having some serious range on my bike. I'll definitely own one of these, when available.
The tank has come up great, nice lines. I think this is going to have to go on my bike too. Can't wait to see one on a bike.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:08 AM   #947
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A few photo's of the Safari Tank prototype mould.






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Old 04-10-2012, 09:59 AM   #948
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Well as long as they offer one in black. I would hate to put a clear translucent one on this beast 'o mine.
I have a Safari clear translucent tank on my DR and it definitely is a conversation starter. Most people don't really know what to think of it and find it intimidating to actually see all that gas slosh around. Also note that even with a colored Safari, the match isn't going to be anywhere near the factory shade. One will definitely know it's aftermarket.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #949
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Silly Question?
Would they be available in a selection of colours?
I believe they will be available in Black, white or translucent as standard colour choices but I think they would probalby make one in any of the colours they have (yellow, red, blue, orange etc) if you were willing to wait a little longer for a one off?

I have never wanted to run a black tank on a dirt bike in the past because you can never see into them to gauge the fuel level. On the Tiger this may be a mute point because of the trip meter but I wonder how well that would work with an aftermarket tank (of greater capacity) fitted
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:03 PM   #950
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I believe they will be available in Black, white or translucent as standard colour choices but I think they would probalby make one in any of the colours they have (yellow, red, blue, orange etc) if you were willing to wait a little longer for a one off?

I have never wanted to run a black tank on a dirt bike in the past because you can never see into them to gauge the fuel level. On the Tiger this may be a mute point because of the trip meter but I wonder how well that would work with an aftermarket tank (of greater capacity) fitted
have they talked price at all?
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #951
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have they talked price at all?

Best bet is to get on the Justgastanks.com website. They are the main distributor for Safari tanks in the U.S. If you look at the Safari tanks for other bikes, it should give you an idea of what the pricing will be for the XC. Since the tanks are manufactured in Australia and shipped to the U.S., they are quite pricey. For example, the 9 gallon tank for my DR was close to $600. Depending on the shape of the tank, they may have to install a secondary fuel pump (i.e., to pump fuel from the wings on the side of the tank, up to the stock fuel pump). This is a proven design and works well....but adds extra dollars. Not sure if this tank will require one, or not....only time will tell.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:23 PM   #952
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Seems like ...

That tank is almost a solution looking for a problem and a potentially expensive solution compared to strapping a Rotopax on back and calling it good. I'm kind of hot and cold on the looks of it, and I'm keeping an open mind because it's a prototype and a mold. I know some people love Safari tanks, and my buddy is putting an 11-gallon monster on his KTM. I am not convinced the peace of mind of extra fuel is worth the extra weight and bulk and cost. Not saying that's my final answer, but that's where I am leaning.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:38 AM   #953
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I just can't bring myself to replace a beautiful painted steel piece with a hunk of butt ugly plastic. It isn't a KLR.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:45 AM   #954
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I just can't bring myself to replace a beautiful painted steel piece with a hunk of butt ugly plastic. It isn't a KLR.
Yes , I think the stock tank is fine and has enough range. But there are some that appreciate that extra mileage for more trips to Starbucks! I prefer Panera.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:20 AM   #955
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Yes , I think the stock tank is fine and has enough range. But there are some that appreciate that extra mileage for more trips to Starbucks! I prefer Panera.
That's why I have a Rotopax mount on the rear rack...and I prefer Tully's for coffee and Einstein Bros. in general.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:56 AM   #956
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That tank is almost a solution looking for a problem and a potentially expensive solution compared to strapping a Rotopax on back and calling it good. I'm kind of hot and cold on the looks of it, and I'm keeping an open mind because it's a prototype and a mold. I know some people love Safari tanks, and my buddy is putting an 11-gallon monster on his KTM. I am not convinced the peace of mind of extra fuel is worth the extra weight and bulk and cost. Not saying that's my final answer, but that's where I am leaning.
The advantage of a custom tank is that you don't have to find a place for the Rotopax. And, of course, you don't have to always fill it right up so the weight is as much as you want it to be when using the bike on a day to day basis.
You are right though, it is an expensive solution to a problem that only occurs when you venture into the Yukon.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:09 AM   #957
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And, of course, you don't have to always fill it right up so the weight is as much as you want it to be when using the bike on a day to day basis.
That's an argument I have heard very often and to be totally honest: I couldn't live with that. It's a pain in the rear to refuel only a certain amount. You never get it right, you don't have the advantage of bigger range then, mileage tracking is really hard (which might hide issues sneaking in that manifest themselves with suddenly higher mileage - had that twice on cars and once on a bike), the tank is very often not a good fit and will change shape over time (plastic might expand with the stupid ethanol infested gas we have) and so on.

I might think about installing such a tank ONLY for a ride to Alaska, but really - it's easier to find a place for a Rotopax then.

On my WR250X I had a Safari tank, but that bike had a range of 110 to 130 miles with the original. With the Safari it was 190 to 240, but any bike with a range of roughly around 200 miles has been okay for me. Sometimes I carry an extra gallon but that's about it. Have needed it once and knew it beforehand.

But okay - if people are happy with it ... may it sell.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #958
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That's an argument I have heard very often and to be totally honest: I couldn't live with that. It's a pain in the rear to refuel only a certain amount. You never get it right,
I was thinking along the lines that our "range to empty" display would still work with these tanks.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:34 AM   #959
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I was thinking along the lines that our "range to empty" display would still work with these tanks.
Would it? Possibly. Maybe not. It's just overall super inconvenient if you don't fill up all the way all the time. You never know your real range (because it doesn't go down linearly), this plain wouldn't work for me in day to day riding.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:40 AM   #960
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That's an argument I have heard very often and to be totally honest: I couldn't live with that. It's a pain in the rear to refuel only a certain amount. You never get it right, you don't have the advantage of bigger range then, mileage tracking is really hard (which might hide issues sneaking in that manifest themselves with suddenly higher mileage - had that twice on cars and once on a bike), the tank is very often not a good fit and will change shape over time (plastic might expand with the stupid ethanol infested gas we have) and so on.

I might think about installing such a tank ONLY for a ride to Alaska, but really - it's easier to find a place for a Rotopax then.

On my WR250X I had a Safari tank, but that bike had a range of 110 to 130 miles with the original. With the Safari it was 190 to 240, but any bike with a range of roughly around 200 miles has been okay for me. Sometimes I carry an extra gallon but that's about it. Have needed it once and knew it beforehand.

But okay - if people are happy with it ... may it sell.
Pretty much +1

I have Clarke tanks on my XR and Husky but both are needed on those bikes due to the tiny range with stock tanks and no space really to carry extra gas.

The 'don't fill it up' argument always gets trotted out....it's not just the weight but the bulk of both the tank and the gas in the tank (however much that is) sloshing around. I'd sooner just carry Rotopax's so I can decide how much and where to carry them as well as, more importantly, WHEN to carry them.

I see this argument ALL the time about a bike (whatever manu). Very very few people NEED the extra range a huge tank will provide so I really don't know why so many claim it's an issue. Where gas is plentiful, I look forward to a quick gas break - I don't WANT to ride 500 miles in one go. Some do, I don't (I don't think it's particularly safe either).
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