Anyone in Tucson area want to show off their rotopax?

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  1. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Wondering if anyone in the Tucson area owns a 1gal rotopax fuel container (or some such thing) and would like to show it off. Think I'm going to buy one, but I'd like to see one in person, hold it this way and that, scratch my head, and figure out how I might fit yet another thing on my tiny XT225 before ordering one of my own. So far haven't found a shop that stocks them here...
    Thanks!
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  2. AzSpeedfreek

    AzSpeedfreek n00b

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    Try Sportsmans Warehouse, I think I have seen something like this there before.
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  3. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Thanks. I'll give them a call today.
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  4. Pucker

    Pucker This is gonna hurt

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    I'm not near Tucson, but I can speak for the Rotopax products. I did a lot of research before buying, and they have a far superior reputation than anything else for good reason. They're larger than you'd expect for a 1-gallon jug, because they're heavily reinforced and have surprisingly thick walls. I have one on each side of my bike, mounted to Wolfman luggage racks, and they're tougher than you'll ever need them to be.

    My XR650L weighs 350lbs, and I lay it down in dirt, sand, and rocks regularly. The Rotopax are always the first thing to touch the ground and they are nearly bullet proof. I even had a high speed get-off last year through rocks & trees that left me with a broken femur. The luggage racks and the subframe were bent so badly the tire would no longer clear, but the Rotopax didn't budge or spill a drop.

    You can also use them to drive tent stakes into the ground or smack some sense into a charging rhinoceros. I understand you want to see & hold them first, but I promise you can buy them sight unseen and end up happy.

    My $.02
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  5. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    I agree - it looks like a great product. I decided on that rather than upgrading the bike's tank, because the rotopax is not only cheaper, but can be switched from bike to bike. It's not the quality, I really question. It's just trying to envision how to get it on my bike. That sort of thing is easier for me if I can actually hold the thing in my hands, if that makes sense.

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  6. bisbonian

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    Send a PM to SeanF.

    He's in Tucson and I know he has rotopax for his DR650.
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  7. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Well - talk about a glowing review! I'm sold.

    Would they work on a charging water buffalo? :rofl
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  8. operaflute

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    Thanks! Done!

    A little web-searchy tells me they just have the larger Kolpin containers. I think my little loaded down burro would prefer a smaller one!
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  9. Skelt

    Skelt Been here awhile

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    I have two one gal and the "T" mounts with the extender so they can be stacked. You can check them out if you want. I'm on my way to the motorcycle show in Long Beach now, but will be back Tuesday. pm me if you want to see them. They might even be for sale.
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  10. operaflute

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    Will definitely find you when you get back. Thanks.
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  11. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    I have a 1.5 gallon gas or a 2 gallon water I mount on my 990 ADV. I use the T mount set up to a custom bracket top mounted on my Touratech pannier mount. In certain ways the 2 gallon is better than the 1.5 as it is flatter and makes for a perfect platform for duffel bags and such. Of course the 990 is a bigger bike than the DR 650. Also, side note, the water specified container is cheaper than the gas, but they are exactly the same plastic. If you don't mind it getting discolored, I believe the white one is half the cost of the red one.
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  12. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    And much bigger than my little XT225!

    Aha! Did not know that. Wonder if the spout differs.
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    seabee1 we build, we fight

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  14. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    No, I have not done a spectrograph on it, but my buddy has been using his "water" Rotopax for gas for 2 years and it hasn't eaten through yet.
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  15. operaflute

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    Had a look-see at one today. Definitely looks do-able. Can even cram it IN my saddlebag if I need to!
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  16. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Yes, they are exactly the same plastic but you'll notice the gas (red) ones have an extra interior liner to withstand the fuel. I'm sure you could use the water (white) ones for fuel but I wouldn't speculate on the long term effects.

    No, the fuel cans have a funky, CA mandated, enviro nozzle while the water cans have a standard, straight through nozzle.

    Dave
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