Gas can

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  1. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    Looking at doing a trip and may need to strap some extra gas to the bike. What is a good gas can that won't leak if it is strapped to where the passenger seat normal would be? And i am probably going to have a duffel bag on there as well that will have tent and other camp odds and ends in it there as well.
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  2. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Rotopax, mounted to a pillion plate.


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    I carry a gallon of gas under a gallon of water, under a drybag. (they also make a 2 gallon size, but it won't fit between the handles on the rear GSA luggage rack unless you raise it an inch or so)

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  3. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    There is no worries about it leaking? Also i have the vario top case but adv aluminuim side cases so will the 1 gallon be the biggest one i could fit on there?
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  4. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    In the top picture you can see the stainless steel handle going across the near end of the gas can.(it's not as close as it looks, but the 2 gal won't fit between) The bike is a standard GS, but I put on the GSA rear rack which has those handles. The regular GS don't have them so the wider 2 gallon size will fit fine. It could also be shimmed up an inch to go over those handles on the GSA rack.
    Rotopax is expensive (for a gas can) and I've left it in the sun on 100+ degree days with no leakage. I've ridden several thousands of miles in 7 western states in all kinds of weather and never had a problem.

    Edit; There is a similar gas can called Kolpin. I have no experience with it, but I've heard complaints that they sometimes leak, and aren't as well made. I've never heard of a leaky Rotopax, but obviously, it's possible.
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  5. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    Ya they are kinda expensive but i think that it seems like they are worth it. I was looking on there website and the L bracket for attachment do you know of the can has to be mount on the particular side of the mount or can it move from side to side of the mount?
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  6. BlairBear

    BlairBear Been here awhile

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    I have 4 1/2 gallon fuel cell that mounts where the rear seat mounts on my 08. It has a large deck on top where I throw all my camping gear. Makes it nice when I travel, I only have to stop for fuel every 380 miles.
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  7. tlwood99

    tlwood99 Been here awhile

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    Depending on your need, I like Touratech's 3L can fixed to the rear of the bike is a good option. It doesn't hold as much, but it allows you to run the tank down near empty with out fear of being stranded. :ricky
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  8. Shortguy on BMW

    Shortguy on BMW Been here awhile

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    i have a 3gal. RotoPax on a super pillion plate from Best Rest. i carried a large duffle and a tire on top of in[​IMG]

    Yes, It is under there.
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  9. MIXR

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    Never had a problem with the Rotopax mounted on the top-box. I use either a one gallon or two gallon depending on the trip. Just gives me that little safety margin as Goliath can get a bit thirsty when loaded. Hot or cold - They have never vented or leaked when mounted flat. They will expand ever-so-slightly with the sun which can make the screw-down fitting hard to release, so I made a 'spanner' to help turn the locking handle.

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  10. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    What type of can do you have? I like the design of the rotopax as well i think it is a great system. I hope there is a dealer is something close to where i live.
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  11. BlairBear

    BlairBear Been here awhile

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    There is a photo of it in Trip planning," got gas". #33 I leave it on most of the time. I only have to fill it up every 360 to 400 miles (plumbed into the main tank). I have almost 75K with this setup. I usally throw my camping gear on top, but I it set up that I can strap things on the sides on top of the bags. It's been great running the back roads out west where the little local gas stations want an arm and a leg for gas! I just smile, and keep on rolling.
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  12. dyvking

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    Another vote for RotoPax. I carry one that I mount to my OEM Vario top case. It's just strapped on with quick release buckles on 1" nylon straps. The 'handles' that the straps go through are just cheapie drawer-pulls that I mounted to the top case..they provide handy attachment points for all kinds of stuff. I mounted four of them with short ss bolts, bedded in RTV to keep the holes waterproof.
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  13. LaurelPerryOnLand

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    You can use just about any gas can securely fastened. I have used a Wal-Mart one gallon under a bungee net. Up to Alaska that is all James and Colleen did.

    I made a 'cradle' for a one gallon Wal-Mart and sat it on the back of a TT pannier.

    I've also used the 3L TT one, it's very good...stayed on the bike at a 60mph cow hit/flip!

    Extra gas is nice. Even a one gallon milk jug works in a push.

    For more rugged and well fixed I'd also Roto-Pak or a well built cradle for a one gallon jug.

    MSR fuel containers work well too. TT has a mount for those.

    NEVER pass a gas station....even if you are half full. I passed one at 3/4 full and still ran out of gas before the next one. How could that happen? Washignton State...Route 17 north...Fill with gas, head up past Ephrata, take 2 right at Coulee City...ignore gas station...take 21 north at Wlibur...ignore gas station....take ferry across...take 21 north towards Republic...run out of gas 11 miles short of Republic. I'm not even sure if there was gas at Wilbur, but there certainly is none on that stretch of 21!
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  15. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    Good thinking about never missing a gas station it makes sense i mean i plan to properly plan this trip as to mitigate the risk of running out of gas but that little extra security is always nice :)
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  16. LaurelPerryOnLand

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    Left Fairbanks on my way to Coldfoot this past June.

    Carried 1-gallon RotoPax as 'peace of mind'.

    Pulled into Coldfoot with 7 miles left...phew...never had to use the extra gallon.

    Glad I had it.
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    BTW...don't assume that you'll actually be able to REACH the next fuel stop.
    2 Times on my trip to Alaska this June...encountered...MUDSLIDE (delayed for 3 days) and LANDSLIDE (delayed for 4 days at the famous Teslin Bridge). 2100 feet of the road went missing near Rancheria.

    If you had to get some where and not wait it out...you might not be able to re-trace your route without running out of fuel!

    Thus the fabulous expression..."Hurry up and wait".
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  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    The Rotopax seems like the best way to add fuel capacity, and I hope to add one to my bike.

    In the mean time, the MSR bottles are a great way to carry fuel. You can get them at just about any sporting goods store, and they are probably safe enough to put them inside your duffel bag. I would probably put them inside a Ziplock bag though, just to make sure you don't end up wearing gasoline scented clothes.

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  18. ngng

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    I've had no complaints with Rotopax; I have a 1.75g on my DRZ and swap between 1g fuel and 1g water on the GSA. Pictured below, I have an additional 2g of fuel.

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  19. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    I think my ideal after looking at the rotopax would be 1.75 of gas with a 1.75 of water on top of it. My only concern is the fit but i did find a dealer close to my house so i think that i will go overe and check it out :)
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  20. ngng

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    The 1.75 will protrude if you mount it under the OEM bags. I can take pics with it on the sides or back, if you'd like.
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