High-capacity stainless steel gas tanks for KTM 990 Adventure

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  1. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Qapla'!

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    Material and capacity?
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  2. DistortedAxis

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    Depending on;
    -Designs,
    -Capacity
    -Material
    -Lead time

    I would most likely commit to a set of rear tanks with you.

    I Personally am looking to AVOID having to go with a low-slung rally exhaust though. In my region, a low slung exhaust will be nothing but trouble. We are known for rocks, rocks and more rocks.
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  3. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    if there's a need, I'd look at making some rear tanks... in north America. :1drink
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  4. GoGoGavin41

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    I would commit to a set at or below the $1000 price point with greater than 3 or 4 gals of cap (material is less important to me than cost and capacity). Tangent thread here.
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  5. DistortedAxis

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    You've piqued my interest.

    I'd like to see what you'd come up with.

    Here are some things I'd love to see;

    I'd love to see a 690 rear subframe grafted into the 9X0 platform along with plastics and accessories / mounts etc.

    -Rear tank design similar to that of the 690
    -Ability to keep Dual exhaust ( have my cake and eat it too)
    -Ability to keep pannier racks
    -Possibility to have a rear fuel tank and rear oil tank combined (If youre going to all that work, why not move the oil tank where it should be)
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  6. Pablo Mac

    Pablo Mac Been here awhile

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    Interested.
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  7. runt boy

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    My observations & experiences......

    I had been on this bigger/rear tank merry go round for a while & it all started with my old 05.5 950. With that particular bike I went with Pete640's rear tanks, that were superbly built & made locally which was great for me, but unfortunately very expensive. They did the job brilliantly, absolutely no question about it & kudos to Pete for doing such a great job.

    So heres what I learnt having gone thru the whole scenario

    Pros...
    1. The rally look is as trick as fuck

    Cons
    1. You still have all the bulk when theyre empty
    2. You need the low exhaust (I used the GPR low header & an Akro GSXR1000 muffler)
    4. Redesigned pannier racks, if you run em.
    3. Cost....guaranteed to violate your wallet

    Heres the old girl below.

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    So what Ive been doing for the last few years is running the MSR dromedary bags & with great success I have to say. Theyre as cheap as chips, stand up to fuel no problems (been using em for 3 years), got a variety of sizes & they roll up to nothing so you can stow em real easy. I locate them just forward of the panniers & behind my legs which helps centralise the weight but keeps it low as well. Personally, Ive found this has been the far better option than using tanks, but thats just me. For long trips I take 3 x 10 litre bags, however Ive never managed to squeeze more than 8 litres of fuel in em, but hey, thats 24 extra litres for about $250 outlay at the time.


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  8. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    My god that bike with standard front tanks are so good looking.
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  9. gearheadE30

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    I'm kind of confused. Why spend all that money on something custom when the ADVtanks/neduro tank is still an option? Works fine, just needs a single side exhaust. Way cheaper than anything else here, and achieves the same goal...
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  10. GoGoGavin41

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    Other than people seeming to have problems with breaking them I don't have a problem with them. It's just that an additional 2.2 gal isn't enough or me - I want another one for the other side! They're $400 each, so two would put them up in the price range I'm interested in.
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    Ah, okay. I didn't realize people were breaking them. Mine has survived all kinds of abuse pretty darn well...

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  12. DistortedAxis

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    The Neduro tanks don't hold up very well. I'm not very impressed with them at all. The mounting tabs embedded into the tanks are a primary failure point. For the money, I expected better. That said I have one for sale :) lol.

    The RadeGarage underseat tank is great. I own one. I have no complaints about it.

    Many of us just want that "rally look" and a bit more capacity.
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    Yeah, I think some people really just want that rally look & you know what, more power to em.
    Gotta laugh tho, I spent all that coin on my 05 with the trick as fuck tanks & pipe, only to cover it all up with pannier bags :lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3 Couldn't see nuthin :lol3:fpalm
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    I'd do it in a heartbeat lol!
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    For extra bolt on capacity tho, I think Rade has hit the nail on the head with his job..... centralised, compact, decent capacity & reasonable value for money. Ticks all the boxes
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    I agree -- it's a great product.
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  17. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    I'll vouch for Jordan and what he's put that bike/Neduro tank through. Freaking wizard on the big bike. It's definitely been banged up with no issues.

    How much range are you wanting Gavin? The single aux tank and standard tanks would be ~8.5 gallons total which would be a solid 250 mile range...
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  18. GoGoGavin41

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    My math is more like 5 gal stock + quoted 2.2 for neduro = 7.2 gal to dry. Running that against the ~20 mpg I get at race pace (and that's not even in dunes) puts me at 144 mile range. I think Sonora quotes a 150 mile range that I'd like to more comfortably hit. So I really just need a bit more...

    I like the Safari tanks but anything over 6 gals makes itself known in how the front end responds. I think I'll eventually sell them and get a set of rally tanks, or maybe the neduro along with the Rade underseat tank.
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  19. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    Interesting...i always thought I put quite a bit more than 5 gallons in my 990 back in the day, but I could be mistaken.

    Just as an FYI too, NASA pace and rally pace are definitely 2 different things! Normal rally pace you can think of as more brisk dual sport ride pace.
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  20. spartanman

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    I believe it! Impressive.
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