Carrying extra fuel

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Old 658, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Old 658

    Old 658 Old 658

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    I'm sure there must be a lot of posts about this subject, I didn't have any luck in search, so here goes.
    I'm looking at taking my TDM from Edmonton up to the North West Territories border, but there seems to be a lack of fuel stops, the further north I go on hwy 35. I'm thinking of carrying extra fuel, just in case. I'd like advice and ideas.
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  2. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    There are some good threads in the 'Equipment' section.
    I just ordered two rotopax 1 gallon containers. One for fuel, one for water.
    Touratech has them and some other options.
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  3. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Yes, good plan. If venturing into the NWT I would "most definitely" carry an aux fuel can. How you do it is optional but do it. Lotsa options from little individual fuel cans you can stow in your bags or external containers. The Rotopax systems are pretty decent. Used them on two wheelers and they worked well. I run a sidecar outfit now and prefer alum or steel cans. You're on the right track though, spare fuel, water, food is essential for your trip.
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  4. ftw

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    As an X4 ( fuel economy of an average SUV, tank capacity 15 l ) happy owner, I'd built warm personal relations with each and every goddamned petrol station attendant on whatever road I was taking, until fell on the idea of investing into a litre aluminium camping bottle:

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    With this country's petrol station grid's average density of one per thirty kilometres on main roads that proved sufficient.​

    On my next bike I fitted two tractor operator manual holders:
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    They cost about a tenner apiece on eBay, have water-tight sealing ring and their inside dimensions are exactly those of a one-litre aluminium bottle ( as above ) or standard 75 cl wine bottle, depending on the sortie's mission.
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  5. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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  6. CaptUglyDan

    CaptUglyDan Been here awhile

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    Dirt cheap ammo carries Chech 5 liter cans for 12 bucks or so I attached mine to the rear pannier[​IMG]
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  7. Rollin'

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  8. willys

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    Cheapest and disposable way is buy the 1.5 gallon red containers and leave them at the last gas location where you won't need them any more or carry them home for the next trip. They simply either ratchet strap or bungie onto your load somewhere......at $5 or so when on sale you can't beat them.
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  9. KOH

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    I have repeatedly used the Wine Bags that come in a box of wine. They are made of Mylar - reusable - fold up for easy storage - and cheap. I've typically carried 10 l (5l in 2 bags) for thousands of miles. Carried them across some real rough roads i.e. Continental Divide, Trans Am Trail, White Rim Trail and I used them on my last trip to Alaska ( from Texas). I've dropped them, kicked them, and abused them - with nary a leak. The valve can be pulled off and then re-inserted. I found it best to place the wine bag in one of those eco-friendly, reusable grocery shopping bags - it allows for even weight distribution and is easier to mount on the bike.
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  10. shu

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    Works for me. No need to get fancy.

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  12. oneway

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    Boy, I sure can't find those. When I google dirt cheap ammo I am directed to cheaper than dirt.com and they aren't showing the cans. That looks like a good solution. Can you help with a link?
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  13. jimmycoin

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    I had a piece of sheet metal mounted to the mounting bracket for my tail bag. This kept the fuel off the bike so that if it leaked, it would drip down instead of running onto the bike seat. [​IMG]
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  14. CaptUglyDan

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    I checked and it looks like our gummit:cry caught on, and its now illegal to sell "Czech wine cans" here. I bought a few of them, So shoot me a pm and I'll gift< one to you.
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  15. Jnich77

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    I use two 1lt MSR fuel bottles.
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  16. CollinsB

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    + 1 on the MSR bottles. I read somewhere of another rider using a 1 gallon oil bottle.
    I was just eyeing a gallon of "Castrol GTX" in my garage,.. think it will make a great fuel cell for a desert trip.
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  17. Gitana

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    Rotopax, MSR fuel bottles, the bladders from the Starbucks gallon coffee containers, or bladders from boxed wine, MSR Dromedary bag (comes in different sizes); we've used all of these or a combination of these for extra fuel.
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  18. Daventure

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    I use a rotopax 1 gallon fuel cell mounted to the pillion seat using an AltRider plate. On the side of my bike I also mounted a Soto ( similar to MSR ) fuel bottle. I purchased a coffee thermos carrier designed for a bicycle to hold the fuel bottle. The "bottle" holder is attached to the tube frame of my bike with velcro straps and zip ties. It looks good and has worked just fine for over 15,000 miles thus far. Below is a link to the bottle holder I used. If I remember correctly the MSR bottles were too for this holder but SOTO fits perfectly. Hope this helps!
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  19. BC Brian

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    I riveted aluminum boxes on my pannier lids.
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  20. Ben99r1

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    I used a 64 oz gatoraid bottle on a big loop in Utah. I knew that the range on my 4.7 tanks was not going to be enough to make it. I found a 64 oz bottle in the trash can. Make sure its a sports drink bottle or it stamped cfc on the bottom of the bottle. Those are usually a little thinker and are resistant to melting from the gas. After 30 miles I put the extra gas. So the gas was not sitting in the bottle for to long anyway. I have also used a 1 gallon oil bottle also before I got a bigger tank.
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