Does anyone actually use the "water space" in the Gobi pannier?

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  1. fyrfytrzb

    fyrfytrzb Adventurer

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    I am considering drilling through the walls of my KTM 950 panniers to mount a 1 gallon rotopax on the back of each one. I'm a little hesitant to give up the water carrying capacity of the Gobi's but can't seem to find much info. on anyone actually using them for that. It doesn't sound like a very "user freindly" option, seems easier to just have the rotopax mount on back for gas and water if needed. Thanks for any advice.
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  2. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    I read somewhere a long time ago that someone did it and that it doesn't actually hold much water. They also complained of a very bad plastic taste to the point where they didn't want to drink it.
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  3. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    That and the size of the "fill holes" on the top edges make the task rather impractical on the road unless you bring a small funnel.
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  4. biggus

    biggus Been here awhile

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    Years ago when I got my bike and Gobis I had planned to install the petcocks for the very same purpose. Having researched it was concluded that to eliminate the plastic taste in the water you just fill the panniers with WINE.:rofl

    I still have the petcocks I bought and never installed them. Definitely better options out there to carry water than filling these Gobis IMO.
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  5. fyrfytrzb

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    I think I've made my decision, sounds like the rotopax would be much more versatile and easier to use. Now I have to decide where to mount them, I'm leaning towards the back of the Gobis. I don't want any more overall width on the bike, and I've seen pics of them dragging when mounted on the bottom.
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  6. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    You might consider the front of the Gobis to help get the weight down lower. Both ways work well.
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  7. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Not sure if you saw this picture from another thread about carrying extra fuel
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  8. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Wine works, and no plastic taste, I have a nice small funnel for fill up and I always rinse with h2o afterwards. Everything is holding up well. H2O is nice to have for a roadside rinse anyway.

    Nothing attracts more looks than opening up the petcocks at a roadside rest and washing up and then sippin some wine., A La Gobi style.
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  9. GZERO

    GZERO Fixing stuff around

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    I installed the petcocks, and i have used the water, altough i only use it on camping.
    Before the first time i used them i washed it pretty well, first washed with chlorine and warm water, then rinse it well.
    No plastic taste for me.
    oh! and yeah, they hold 5 lts each, not to shabby for me!
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  10. marin ktm

    marin ktm Been here awhile

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    Mounting big jugs of liquid on the gobi box seems like too much weight for it to support. I would think the latch and the plastic walls of the box would fail pretty quickly.
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  11. stevodadevo

    stevodadevo What happened?

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    I would tend to agree with this. The latches are barely strong enough as is!
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  13. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Holy crap!!:huh


    I am already dangerously close to running my legs over with the Gobis. I can't imagine taking up even more clearance with those rotopax mounted to the front of the cases!!:eek1
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  14. kizniche

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    Keep those legs far out or front!

    Seriously, though, I took these through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and across the US without any injuries. However, They do seem like they could be an ankle-tweaker if you're not careful.
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  15. riverflow

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    Has anyone used the liquid storage space for fuel instead of potables?
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  16. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    I've heard of people trying it but then they remember that if they crash the Gobis grind down into the fuel. I don't think anyone does it.


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  17. DualSport855

    DualSport855 what he said

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    Much has been written about carrying water in the Gobi jacket. I have drilled mine, installed both valves, and treated both tanks with the recommended fix for the plastic taste - denture cleaner! I now have the option to carry water and have two spare fuel petcocks if required on the tanks.


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  18. dmage

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    Used mine for water after rinsing well with water. Whilst at Phillip Island for the moto GP filled one gobi with ice and beer, the bonus was cold drinking water the next day to help with the hangover! The 3.6 litres was not quite enough - still seemed to have a headache!!!!
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  19. Bowser

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    thats not to little water, thats too much beer :evil
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  20. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I think your big issue here would be filling the up with fuel without getting it all over your stuff in the bags! The fill hole is tiny.
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