ADV tank installation on F650GS / F800GS for extended range

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  1. GB

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    Well, the ADV tank arrived today.. it was very well packed, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. They are also posted on their site:

    Well packed box:

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    The tank and the covering plate:

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    Simple mounting hardware and instructions:

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    I'll post pics of the bike with the tank and tank use feedback once I've done some riding. Riding season for me starts next week.
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  2. GB

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    I installed the ADV tank over the weekend. It took me about half an hour tops.

    It fits nicely and the aluminum rack will come in handy to mount my Motofizz bag.

    The supplied (and online) instructions are excellent.

    The only thing I'm not crazy about is the venting hose that attaches to the filler cap. I had something identical on my KLR's plastic IMS tank, in the end I ended up removing it and mounting this vent doodad in the pic below.
    Do youse see any reason I should keep a venting hose on the filler cap, that basically goes back under the seat and ties into the bike's venting hose that I disconnected from the tank. (My bike does not have the evap. canister).

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    My riding season begins this week. I will fill the ADV tank at the gas pump and snap a pic of its capacity. And then let the riding begin. I'll update this thread with my mileage range. I'm taking my GS to Colorado this summer for some touring and D-S exploration, so that's where the extra fuel will come in handy.

    p.s. will post pics of the tank on the bike once the bike is back in the garage.
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  3. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Very cool, shame it can't be used with a top case.
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  4. GB

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    Says who? :evil

    Stay tuned... :lurk
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  5. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    That is a lot like the way the XTank comes ...

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    Great minds really do think alike ! :lol3
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    twinrider pass the catnip

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  7. GB

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    I had that exact same bike and X tank!! So I knew how well the vacuum system worked and that vented cap. :lol3
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  9. GB

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    I thought I'd document the installation and use of the ADV tank on the 650 / 800GS. While it's designed to mount on the these 2 bikes, it can easily be adapted to fit other bikes, by mounting it on a pillion plate or luggage rack.

    Adventure Tank is a Colorado based outfit initially started by our own mod / Dakar finisher the legendary Neduro :lol3 and now run by another ADVrider inmate.

    http://adventure-tank.myshopify.com/

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    6 extra liters will gain me about 125 to 150 km range (77 to 93 miles), giving me close to the same range as I had on my 1200GSA's 33 liter tank. I'm now expecting to easily achieve around 500 to 525 at the speeds at which I ride (65 to 75 mph / 110 to 120 km/h) and even a bit more if I slow down a bit.

    I like the simple setup: the 30 minute installation, no drilling of the stock tank, 100% easily reversible, does not interfere with my hard panniers or their mounts, and I don't need to strap on extra fuel canisters, plus having that extra range suits my riding style best. I like to ride for 4 or 5 hours non stop, and I find when touring the backroads around here, western NY and western PA, and doing my annual Tour de Colorado, I find I have to stop to refuel after 200 to 250 km since gas stations are sometimes hard to come by, so you fill up when you can, not when you want to. Riding at least 400 km and then thinking of getting fuel, this ADV tank gives me that range and the peace of mind, and the cost is reasonable. Plus, it's always good to support an ADV inmate's Colorado based outfit.

    p.s. I started posting in this thread http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=377911&page=13, so you might want to check out some of the banter and other options there.
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  10. GB

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    Installation was very simple, you can read the supplied instructions here:

    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0108/1992/files/BMW_tank_installation_instructions_new.pdf?326

    I know some prefer to buy a $5 jerry can to carry fuel, but to me this is more of a semi-permanent option of having an extended range all the time. Of course, you don't have to fill up the Adv tank, unless you want to.

    You must always fill up the stock tank first, then the adv tank if so desired.

    I filled the tank today: 6.46 liters or 1.7 US gallons.

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  11. bobobob

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    $5 a gallon? :eek1 I thought Canada was floating in petro resources.
    How much of that is tax?
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    That little sticker on the left (white / blue ) has the tax breakdown.. will have to post a pic next time I fill up.. excise tax, bullshit tax, bendover tax, and to top it off, there's 13% sales tax on the tax...:boid so more than 50% of the cost of fuel is going to the government mafia. Yes, Canada is a net exporter of oil but let's not turn this thread into political b.s.ing. To the politicians on all sides.. I only have one thing to say :flip FYYFF

    More pics to come.. I mounted the P3 lights nice and high, attached to the sides of the Adv tank luggage plate.

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    Quit the foreplay :feelgood

    Show us EDIT more pics!
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  15. GB

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    :lol3 Bring'em on!!

    I installed my Motofizz bag on the Adv tank's luggage rack. I like the Motofizz bag which I use on day trips and overnight trips. But for commuting to work, I prefer a lockable topcase to carry my lunch, and some rain gear, and a few papers.. i.e. nothing too heavy.

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    I had this JC Whitney topcase, removed from a previous bike, collecting dust in the garage.. I monkey'd with it and mounted it's givi knock-off rack on the Adv tank's rack. The case has a quick release mechanism so I can easily and quickly remove it. Once I start doing overnight trips, I'll post more pics of the bike fully loaded.

    I snapped these pics this morning:

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  16. jttele

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    I just got my ADV tank yesterday and played with it last night. I had to make some spacers for the front mount posts as the SW Motech rack I have on has a bit shorter mounting bosses on them. Then I'm still scratching my head to figure out how the screws on the rear mounting posts can reach the mounts with the thick rubber spacers installed top and bottom of those holes. I tried to squeeze the rubber bushings down with everything I had, but even still the screws are too short. It looks like from your mounted pictures that the top plate does not completely screw down flush with the top of the tank. I'm assuming you got the screws to reach and when screwed down pretty tight the mounting rubbers still hold the top plate up off the tank a bit. Am I missing some trick or did you have to monkey with it a bit too?
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  17. GB

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    I think the rear bolts could stand to be a few mm longer. If you engage the threads of the rear bolts first, then mount the front ones, leave everything loose, and then tighten all 4, round robin style, you should be good.

    I'm going to suggest to Scott at ADV tank to supply slightly longer bolts for the rear, although it's not really necessary, it would require less effort.
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  18. Happycamper

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    GB

    Thanks for posting. My dealer is installing the tank before I take delievery of my (used) 2009. Your install looks good!
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  19. jttele

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    Yep, a few mm longer bolts are in my trip plans to the hardware store today. I tried installing the rear bolts first, and I pushed down with all I could to compress the rubber bushings, but the bolts still wouldn't reach the threaded post. The post either needs to be raised up or longer bolts there. Not really a big deal, but still a bit of a hassle for sure.
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  20. GB

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    You are using an SW motech rack, so the spacing might be a little off because of that. Longer bolts should fix that.. Please let us know what size bolts end up working for you, I'm going to do the same.
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