F800GS Touratech 20lt fueltank - Who's got one???

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Wildman, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    It's a "want to" thing, not a "need to" thing...

    Personally, I hate the feeling of planning all my rides around fuel stops... There are much more picturesque places to stop than a gas station every couple hundred miles.

    The cool thing about AUX fuel is that you don't have to run it full all the time. Need a lighter load? Don't fill the AUX tank... No biggie...

    Getting ready to knock out some slab miles, or get lost in the outback of Southern Utah or Northern Arizona for a few days? Top that mutha off...

    Flexibility. Options...
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  2. robhar54

    robhar54 Been here awhile

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    A couple new pics on the Touratech-USA site:

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    So does this!
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    THAT doesn't.
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    And we have a USA price...

    ready....?

    $1,985.50 painted. $1,355.90 unpainted.

    :puke1 :eek1 :knary :becca

    Oh well. So much for that idea.

    Edit: Hey...I think that's the TT USA bike. I might have to stop in and have a look, maybe see if it'll fit with the ADV-Spec crashbars....


    Rob in Seattle
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    They're on crack. :huh

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  4. wonky

    wonky Team F5 !

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    Please let us know if they do! Theres a fair chance looking at them, as the bars have a bit of extra clearance at the sides over other models.

    chris
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  5. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Absolutely.
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  6. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Aw, c'mon...they'll probably throw in a pinstripe for another $500.

    Unfortunately, the unpainted price isn't that far off base. A buddy of mine spent $1500 on some whopper tanks for his 950 Adventure (which was getting 29mpg last weekend).:huh
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  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Wow! :eek1 The price tag is pretty special. I would like the extra fuel, but will probably go with a different setup.

    David
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  8. huckleberry

    huckleberry BACK ROAD BOMBER

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    i saw a grey 800 in nj sat with 1 of these tanks on
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  9. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    Not wierd, just Touratech.
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  10. The Jester

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    I have the fabricators coming across on Friday evening with a tank to fit to the GX. The tank is practically complete but they have only tack welded the halves together so that they can seperate them if they need to make any adjustments. Providing all is well it will need 10 minutes to finish off the weld and I should be testing the tank next week. I will be taking photos of the tank and posting them for everybody to see.

    I have already discussed the possibility of making a tank for the 800 and they are keen to give it a go if there is a demand. Obviously the more orders, the cheaper the tank as it takes quite a while to make the first tank..

    Iain.
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  11. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    I like the look/idea of these tanks.

    The GS800 is on the very short list of bikes I am thinking of. I need a bike for ocassional 2 up (long weekend type trips of moderate pace) and long distance solo.

    I am planning a trip in a year with my father (he'll be celebrating his 70'th B-day, me and the 40'th) and as he rides a Goldwing, I like knowing I can go a long way on one fill up.

    As others have said, if you don't want/need that much fuel, don't fill up that tank. A few fuel cocks, and you can control which tank you use. Close off the stock fuel cell and use all the fuel in the "spare" tank first, then when you get to the dirt, finnish of the extra fuel and then switch on the stock tank. Easy peasy...

    I'll pay 1300. If it fits right. I don't need them to paint it...
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  12. The Jester

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    I picked up my GX aux tank last night and put 9.7 L in it, but I reckon I could squeeze 10L in there. I did the daily commute with the tank on today and it is working well. Fuel is being used from the rear tank and handling of the bike is virtually unaffected. I am aware that the suspension is compressing a fraction more than normal so I will put some extra air in the shock tomorrow.

    The tank is mounted firmly on the bike with no movement. I am going to get a friend to follow me soon to look for signs of flexing but I don't expect there to be any. I did have the lower bolt on the subframe diagonal come out somewhere on the journey, but as I didn't tighten them up fully last night that will be my fault. Even so there is still no movement on the tank. We replaced the bolts when we fitted the tank as the originals got a bit chewed up. They had practically seized in there and I am going to copper-slip the new ones, but I didn't want to tighten them fully In case they got stuck again.

    The pics show the tank clearly. The welding is really neat and the tank fitted perfectly. Clive said he used magnesium wire to weld rather than silicon. Apparently silicon wire is much easier to weld with but goes white if you try to anodise it. The middle bit of the tank is 3mm alloy, 16 guage I think Clive said, and the sides are 14 guage which is slightly thinner. There are 2 brackets on the top and one long one down the front edge.

    I haven't let the shock down yet but will do that over the weekend. However if you look from the rear there is lateral clearance between the chain and the tank. On the wooden blank the chainguard touched the tank with no air in the shock but the chain would not. I believe the final tank is the same but will confirm that.

    On the final versions I think Clive wants to radius the backets to make it a bit neater. The fuel outlet will be moved up and in so it is behind the plastics and the optional scottoiler attachment boss may also be repositioned further in.

    Clive will sell this tank for the GX bikes, black anodised, for £325. I have also spoken to a dealer who is so impressed with the GX tank that he is prepared to let Clive have access to an F800GS. My First thought is something that looks like a dummy silencer on the right hand side and mounting to the pannier attachment points. I expect that Clive may want a deposit or some kind of assurance that he will definitely sell some of these as there is a fair bit of money and time in making the first tank. If you guys are interested let me know.



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  13. pfy50

    pfy50 Professional nOOb

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    What about the access to the battery and air filter on the F8 with the Touretech Tank:huh
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  14. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    It will be like every other GS at that point- when you need to get under the tank, you will have invariably just filled the thing with gas and it will take a small crane (or gorilla) to lift it...or you will have to siphon off some gas before you remove it.
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  15. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    I asked Touratech UK who said that you'd have to remove the tank to get to the air filter but that they'd made it fast and easy to do.
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  16. Bigem

    Bigem Long timer

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    Touratech = Tru-rip-offs!

    $2k USD??( you can garentee you will not get "everything" in the kit and will spend time at the local auto shop buying fittings for it!!)

    Well fuck me with a feather if that isn't there best rort yet!

    What are these morons smoking!

    $800 is pushing it IMHO!!
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  17. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

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    Absolutly.
    You can buy a lot of 10l containers for $2K.
    Touratech are in the market mainly to cater for middle aged men with more money than sense.
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  18. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    A pretty knowledgeable guy within the industry gave me his view a couple of weeks ago when he said, "25% of what Touratech do is superb, sometimes even necessary for the serious traveller, 75% of it is utterly unnecessary and all of it is massively over-priced."

    I use their luggage and that's about it.
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  19. DiabloBlanco

    DiabloBlanco Intl' Hops Inspector

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    Jester, one thing to give thought to, 650gx riders probably ride the bike like that, but 800 riders quite often have panniers, so if the aux tank was in the rear you'd likely get no sales on it... I'm not giving up my beautiful $1200 Jesse on this 7,000 mile road trip to extend my fuel range, I'd just fill up a fuel can.

    Also, anyone who is willing to spend two G's to extend their range (this is where I go on a tangent) can send me two G's and I'll send you fuel cans that mount to the bike/panniers and either keep the extra 1,950 dollars or donate it to some poor kid so he can get new clothes or some starving kid in Africa. Some big purchases are justifiable, some are just ridic.
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  20. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    I'm with DiabloBlanco and Wildman here.
    I've yet to see a post where a bike has exploded by strapping on an extra fuel canister (plastic, metal, whatever) of any size and any location.

    Just my $0.02.