How not to mount a FUEL PACK on your GS/GSA

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  1. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Is it just me? Or...do you see a GLARING RED FLAG?

    Hint: :kboom

    Hint #2: Famous anthropologist RICHARD LEAKEY


    Source: Website of Fuel Pack seller

    UPDATE: Website has advised me that they will be changing the orientation of the fuel pack and updating their website.
    Also...they'll be advising buyers NOT to mount spout over muffler.
    :clap

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  2. Scottly

    Scottly Been here awhile

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    And.......that's different from your gas tank how?
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  3. rtortore

    rtortore '00 R1150GS

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    I think he is talking about the spout from the fuel pack directly over the exhaust of the bike.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    My concern is that unlike the gas tank the Rotopax may leak - like any plastic gas can, the cap can fail, and in this photo dumping fuel all over a hot muffler.<o:p></o:p>
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    Will it happen? Likely not, can it? Sure.<o:p></o:p>
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    I have however had a fuel line burst while riding and sprayed my right leg with gas while riding down the road ... over my leg and the right head/cylinder and thankfully no fire or boom.<o:p></o:p>
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  4. McFuryMcNugget

    McFuryMcNugget me specie in dea ist

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    Or it could end like this ?
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  5. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I'd be more concerned about taking up my entire rack with one little can. It's also putting the weight in almost the worst possible place. For all these reasons, it's not an ideal mounting location.
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Several things..It's in Florida..you would never be more than 10 miles from a gas station..It's (by the rack anyway) an Adventure..it already has 9 gallons in the tank...what in the hell would you need more for..in Florida...

    I keed I keed...


    The exhaust would blow the ruptured fuel to the rear..no problem..
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  7. DGraham

    DGraham Been here awhile

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    As long as sparks weren't shooting out your exhaust nothing much would happen. The auto ignition temp of gas is over 500 deg. F

    But yes, looks pretty stupid like that, I'm sure at least their legal department would appreciate a picture with the can oriented differently.
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  8. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Product liability lawyers of the world rejoice! You are keeping the world "safe" while stifling development, increasing costs and lining your own pockets.
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  9. McFuryMcNugget

    McFuryMcNugget me specie in dea ist

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    I have a lot of kolpin products and they are all good.

    These fuel boxes have been in the atv market in Iceland for some time now.

    My buddies have them and they are solid and safe.

    The abuse is blistering cold winter and ruff rides on atv they are the best tanks on the market in Iceland

    But as my picture above shows it does not mix well fuel and heat.

    Take care.
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  10. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Not sure what the mounting location problem is weight wise? It's mounted on the rack that takes the place of the rear seat. I don't care how skinny your girl is, the gas can still weighs less at 6lb per gallon! :dunno

    Probably want to flip it over so the cap is on the right side of the bike tho if possible.
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  11. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Had my airplane in for an annual inspection. Picked it up and asked the mechanic if he'd 'run-up' the engine after the inspection. "Oh sure...everything is fine".

    So...I take off from Milwaukee to Minneapolis.

    Climb out to 12,000 feet and try to 'lean the engine' (reduce fuel flow since engine can't burn it at altitude).
    Engine WON'T lean. Huh?

    So...rather than messing around trying to fix...decide to have a mechanic look at in MSP.

    Land...mechanic comes to plane...looks at COWLING over the engine and says "Did you just have an annual inspection done?" Holy crap...what does HE know?

    Seems like mechanic really didn't run up airplane to confirm engine was operating properly.

    Because...he failed to more than 'finger tighten' the injectors. Thus...fuel was leaking around the threads of the injectors and RIGHT past my MUFFLER.

    Mechanic at MSP said "I was lucky to be alive". Had it been SUMMER...I probably wouldn't be writing this reply.

    So...when I see things that I KNOW are dangerous...I try to point them out. Odds of happening with Fuel Pack...low?

    Don't want/need even those odds.
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  12. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Where the hell would ANYONE be going where they needed extra fuel but did not need to carry any other luggage? :dunno

    If you only want to bring a gallon of fuel home for your mower, there are easier ways - certainly cheaper.
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  13. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    So is the GS going to join the ranks of the Pinto, Crown Vics, and old GM saddle-tank pickups?
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  14. Farmer Palmer

    Farmer Palmer Been here awhile

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    Yep, saw them on ATV's in Iceland about five years ago. A guy from Rekjavik had a 'fully loaded' yellow Can Am Bombadier 700(I think they had just been made road legal unless like me you're a farmer)

    We went out with some Landrover guys 'Upp i Sveit' and it was the first time i'd seen a quad with all the gear in proper snow......! Very Impressive!

    The Kolpin boxes seem to be a very good secure way to carry spare fuel.

    I've usually carried 2x2 litre Touratech fuel cans on the rear of my Zega panniers for years but have always worried what if?

    Then I started thinking about the 34 litres i've got between my legs.....!

    Either way it could be messy........!

    Now I don't need to carry any spare fuel since I changed my HP2E for a GSA again.

    FP.
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  15. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    Worked with no problems or leaks.
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  16. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    I've always been highly skeptical of the horizontally mounted Rotopaxs. Its just ASKING for Murphy to jump all over you.
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  17. McFuryMcNugget

    McFuryMcNugget me specie in dea ist

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    Yes the atv comunity is big in Iceland and im glad you had the opertunity to go Upp i sveit :freaky

    I had the standard black gas tanks on my atv. they did not last well and one started leaking over my pipes i was hundreds km away from servis and there for no gas station but i was lucky we where many in a group so the gas thing was not a issue we all got home.
    I will get me those Kolpin tanks for the atv i have since they have been proven to be the best tank in the market.

    My best McFury.

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  18. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    Are the Rotopax containers fairly thick, sturdy plastic? Or are they thin blowmolded like the plastic gas cans you get at WalMart? I like the Rotopax concept , but have no place to mount them. I was instead going to go for the Peg Packer setup. A little more sturdy of a mount, though with more chance of interfereing with your legs while riding.
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  19. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    I tipped over in Jasper, Alberta with no damage to rotopax cells or my side cases. They are pretty sturdy.
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  20. pavement pounder

    pavement pounder Dirt is the spice of life

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    1st of all, your bike is too clean...it must be new!
    2nd. where are you going to think you'll need to bring gas? I did the Trans Lab on a GS (not adventure) 2 up loaded with camping gear and made it with fuel to spare. There are sections over 500kms on the TLH without gas. It would be the only place I would consider bringing any on the east coast unless you're doing some long distance off-road exploring.
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