Gas

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dstriffler, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. dstriffler

    dstriffler Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    393
    Location:
    New York
    I just had a question about how everyone refuels their bikes. I had a 5 gallon can, but the "Spill Proof" nozzles all the cans have now are such a pain in the ass. They work fine on lawnmowers but not on motorcycles. I was looking at buying a portable 14 gallon tank with wheels and its own pump handle, but spending $100 just for a gas container seems a little crazy to me. Then I was thinking about just buying a siphon and siphoning gas from the can, but siphoning is always kinda slow. So what does everyone else do? Is there a better solution?
    #1
  2. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,909
    Location:
    Da UP, eh! (Marquette, MI)
    #2
  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    9,763
    Location:
    the 'Ha
    #3
  4. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,217
    Location:
    Woodland Park, CO
  5. thetable

    thetable Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,502
    Location:
    Western Loudoun Co, VA
    At the track, I use something very similar. They are sold as "Utility Jugs" because under many laws, they are not legally able to carry fuel. I've never gotten any flack about them and I've used them in a half dozen states. Just don't get greedy filling them; if I overfill mine, gas will slosh to the vent hole and seep out.
    #5
  6. dstriffler

    dstriffler Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    393
    Location:
    New York
    Great suggestions. I've been leaning towards the siphon, I just wasn't sure how quickly the fuel would come out. I had bought a 5 gallon can thinking I would be filling it up once a week. But I ride so much I was filling it every other day. I have an NX650 with a metal 3.5 gallon tank, so I need gas often. If it were a plastic tank I'd probably install a dry break system but I'm out of luck there. This is what I was looking at in the store, but it was $99. That seems high for simply a container for gas. Plus it looks like a pain in the ass to remove from the trunk of my car when I've just filled it.

    <a href="http://s1261.beta.photobucket.com/user/DJ650NX/library/" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii583/DJ650NX/duramax_zps5e1e6687.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/></a>
    #6
  7. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    3,493
    Location:
    Province of Quebec!
    #7
  8. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    394
    Location:
    Goshen, NY
    I have a couple of red Canadian made gas cans that hold like 5.5 gal.
    I modified the nozzle and drilled out the vent, so it will pore faster,
    and they work fine for me. Tractors, lawn mowers, motorcycles, even the car.
    Just heavy when you first start to fill up the bike though.
    #8
  9. dstriffler

    dstriffler Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Oddometer:
    393
    Location:
    New York

    That's pretty cool I didn't realize they made the pump itself without the wheeled container. Last night I cut the 'no spill' crap off the gas can, and it spilled more because the hose isn't flexible. I went with the siphon idea for now, if it doesn't work I'll have to try a pump handle.
    #9
  10. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,628
    Location:
    Silk Hope, NC
    Get a metal tubeless tire valve stem and a piece of stiff wire, coat hanger or similar. Drill your non-vented gas can where they used to put the plastic vent (opposite the nozzle opening) to fit the valve. Remove valve cap, core, top nut, and top gasket from valve stem. Fish wire from new hole toward nozzle opening. Slide valve stem over wire threaded end first and bend an "L" behind the stem. Pull stem through new hole. Put gasket and top nut on stem and tighten. Remove wire through nozzle hole. Install valve cap. You now have a vented gas can. No, you won't go to jail. Yet.
    #10
  11. Kurt V

    Kurt V Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    233
    Location:
    Jefferson City, MO
    Chollo, that is some smart thinking!:clap
    #11