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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Wildman, Jan 30, 2009.
This would be my choice as well, something that you could add or remove when you needed it.
In addition to having to remove the stock tank to tap into it, and have those fugly fuel lines visibly running along the engine, just consider the nuisance of having to remove the tank to get to the air filter..
I think the best solution that takes up no space at all is adding the peg packers from bestrestproducts.com where you mount a gallon or two to the passenger peg and carry that extra fuel when you need it.
Thanks for the heads up with the instructions, the list of parts is huge, drilling the stock tank
So I'm back to the nomad tank option, I'll put an order and post up my install. I'm thinking of feeding the the aux tank in through the breader setup of the stock tank, I'll put a checkvalve on the breather of the aux tank to stop any leaks. Therefore the aux tank will drain first then the main.
I'm gonna rock the Rotopax 1Gal canister and this luggage rack.
That's my solution, except that I'm using the Adventure Spec rack along with a home-built Rotopax mount. I've carried two 1-gallon cans without problems. Don't even notice they're there once I get rolling.
You've got me thinking... Thanks Touratch for solving a problem for me.... My solution is still pending but progressing forward. It will still will take me a bit as it's more of a whole bike farkel/outfit, but stay tuned. Linky and full farkel thread to come.
Thanks for posting the linky to the TT installation instructions.
I'm getting ready to order the Touratech tank. One reason is the 65 mile commute I have (one way) and fuel cans don't solve the issue. The fact that the back of the bike is still open and usable leaves me enough room to carry my work related items on the back of the bike so that I'm still able to split lanes (thank's CA!).
9.5 gal of fuel should be sufficient for commuting 3 days (400 miles). Maybe if I'm lucky I can make it 4 days (usually get about 56mpg commuting).
Sure the tank is expensive but there is one BIG advantage. It doesn't change the ability to pack up the bike like all other options people propose and implement.
I probably should have the whole thing worked out some time in Feb (or early March) and I'll be posting additional information once this is completed. I originally thought to do the install myself but most likely will let the shop do it (unless they charge another fortune for it).
whats the average miles you get on a tank of petrol on a gs 800? Im considering getting an '09 for my next bike.
In the 18,000 miles I've ridden my F800GS I've averaged 51.37 mpg, with a low of 39.61 and a high of 63.27. So, with a 4.2 gal. tank, that translates into an average range of 216, with a low of 166 and a high of 266. I consider the bike to have a "safe" range of 200 miles under "normal" conditions. Hope that helps.
I have the Rotopax 1 gallon and a TT rack plate. Couldn't quite fit the Roto on there with a Giant Loop Great Basin and small Wolfman duffle before I left on my last trip. No matter, I had as good as or better range as my buds on GS1150s and 12s and we watched out fuel closely. Next time I'll have more time to work things out. That TT tank seems like mucho overkill and overspend unless you're going RTW.
There are no gas stations on your commuting route?
Well looks like my question was answered...
"F800GS Touratech 20lt fueltank - Who's got one?"
Stopping wastes time.
guess you make alot $ per hour to offset the cost & few minutes it takes to stop. aren't those TT bmw tanks often close to $1000+?
you must be a lawyer and bill by the milisecond.
The problem with the 800's fuel range for me is that it's just not quite enough to move between fuel stops on an outback trip. The Strzelecki Track, for example, has no fuel between Lyndhurst and Innamincka - some 475km of a mix of 4th/5th gear gravel and 3rd/4th gear sand.
The Strzelecki is a major road, too, plied by dozens of big-rigs and 4WDers daily. A road like the Gunbarrel or Connie Sue Highways are longer, rougher, and in summer can go weeks between vehicles (which are, in any case, almost exclusively diesel-fuelled Toyotas).
Thus, fuel capacity is something I've given some thought to. The TT aux tank setup is nice, but the extra capacity vs extra cost analysis is shaky and I do worry about their vulnerability in a tipover. That said, StrikingViking used a similar setup on his epic trip on the Dakar, and it proved just fine.
Carrying jerry cans is the cheapest and easiest solution, but they put the weight in all the wrong places. You'd want to stop frequently early in the trip to transfer their contents into the main tank as early as you can, and then you're stuck with carrying empty cans with you for the rest of the trip (unless you're rich enough and environmentally insensitive enough to discard your empties on the road).
The neatest solution I've spotted is that used by fellow inmate OzBen, who uses a collapsible PVC bladder (yellow, in the pics below):
The advantage of this method is, of course, that the bladder can be rolled up to store when empty - you're not condemned to carry 10L of air around with you.
This particular bladder is made by Liquid Containment in Australia and is certified to most international standards for carrying fuel, for you poor Californians or Germans who have to worry about that sort of thing. OzBen talks about it here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11011552&postcount=76
I haven't done this yet, but I will for my 800's first big trip later this year.
You don't put many commuting miles on your bike, do you? :huh
For the novelty commuter that rides in every other Friday, stopping for gas isn't a problem. For the daily commuter, its an annoyance and gets old, fast.
I put on all kinds of miles, I guess I am just not too lazy to leave a few minutes early to stop and put 4 gallons of fuel in the tank. If your that lazy and that rich to spend 2K on the TT tank, God bless ya.
Have to add to this....little 3-4 gallon tanks suck on any bike. I fucking hate stopping to get gas instead of riding and stopping every 200 miles for gas either on road or off blows. I don't give a rip if I'm commuting or dicking off on a hour ride. I don't want to have to stop and get gas all the time. Now for the 800 that TT is assininely expensive. So about the only options are the Roto's or those bags. You still have to stop , but at least you have the gas with you. From the stand point of ease of use and over all storage I would lean towards those bags. If I could put 6+ gallons in the bike then I would not carry any extra fuel.
I have found out that your bike better be able to do 250 miles between stops if you really want to ride and not be a poser. Yes we rode DV last year and we were 220 plus between available fuel easily. We dropped a fuel cache (left the can for anyone to pick up) and I packed two gallons, and we still had to siphon fuel. If I was doing the camping off from the bike those two gallons took up a huge amount of space that was just wasted after the first 100 miles. Those fuel bags can be easily stored after use, and strapped on the outside and back to reduce fuel spill problems. Setting routes to make sure you have fuel sucks, and we had to after the fuel cache was used.
Luckily for me I can get a 6+ tank for my bike that looks decent and does not cost 10% of a new bike.
Like I said, for those of us that put on a lot of miles commuting, stopping to get gas all of the time is quite the bane. Its NOTHING like putting on a lot of miles during a trip. I totally get where the OP is coming from. He's literally filling up every other day.
You might think its lazy but, as the saying goes, don't knock it till you try it.