lets see ur bike carrying extra fuel

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Wistrick, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Plakas math was not bad. Post was edited, read the quotes.
  2. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    What I was thinking was, how close do you tend to cut it and how much extended range do you want to be worth carrying fuel...and then how much fuel.


    One time on a road trip I had planned my first gas stop at a crossroads station I new about out in Flattin Rabbit Nebraska or somplace. It was close to my maximum range on a 6 gallon tank. It's rolling country and as I get close I see this smoke column from over a hill. I crest the hill and there my station, still smoking and nobody around. Burned out motorhome in what was left of a gas bay. Sombody didn't turn a pilot light off. I usually don't worry about gas on the road, hard to go 50 miles without a station. Except this route and running out to my max range. I made it to the next station running on fumes and entreaties to Allah. Now I have a little over 8 gallons in 3 onboard tanks...and a liter for the stove if I need it. 375-400 mile range. Mostly I use the range to buy cheap gas and skip the expensive places before the next cheap gas.
  3. max384

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    Whoops! My mistake. :beer
  4. nuttynu

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    two 30 floz MSR on each side along with 1 gal jug
  5. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Where's the jug?
  6. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice In Garrison.

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    Currently do not own a DS bike.:ear

    I'm looking at my options with the Mighty DR 3.4 gallon tank.
    I have her range around 153-204 miles. This is fine for communiting, and with the stock seat, I'd be looking for reasons to stop.

    I'll be east of the Mississippi and below the Mason-Dixon Line the vast majority of the time, so unlike the Outback of OZ, I do not need much fuel range.

    I've looked at both the 4.9 IMS and the 5.3 A tank.
    The ranges seem solid: 4.9: 220-294 miles, and 5.3: 238 miles- 318 miles.


    When I go tour, I think I'll go with the 2 gallon Roto-pax and have her filled at all times. The stock tank would have me looking for gas stations more than the views.:lol3
    I'd like to store the single unit lower than the seat, so I may have to go with two 1 gallon containers on the sides. This would of course keep the center of gravity lower. this would cut down on luggage capacity in the rear, but I could fit some storwage containers on the tank so as to break the wind during the winter, but take them off during the hot summer.

    I also like the roto-pax because you can be the hero of the day for someone out of gas off the road. But, one must be careful of the ambush. :D
    One could top off your tank and leave the roto-pax at the camp sight and not have the extra weight of the larger tanks. Granted, the IMS tanks are plastic, so they are most likely lighter than the stock tank. So maybe a negative.
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    I may have to go with the holigan plastic bottles for the nomad areas of the West and Alaska. This would be extermely rare and dangerous, and as soon as the milage has tricked off on say a litter (.25 gallson/12.5 miles) i'd take a stop and top off the tank.

    I'm kind of disapointed in the larger fuel tanks. Seems like not all of the juice can be used, and a lot of extra work is involved for the cost, but the tank does expand. I guess, the stock tank is the same, except it does not expand.
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    Quick question. Can one purchase Roto-pax at Walmart or Sams, or other such stores?
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    Excellent topic.
    I guess Pioneers had the same discussion about how much feed and water they would bring for their wagon team. Espically in the desert west of the Rockies.
    I need to research hot spots in the lower 48 and Alaska that have have little gasoline stations. I was talking to a 1st generation KLR owner (in the Dalles, OR) and he reported that N.E. OR is kind of sparse.

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    Wish I could bring more to the thead. :ear
  7. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    I rode this bike at the first of the month. You could not tell the Rotopax was there in either balance or appearance. The black blends nicely with the seat.
  8. houlster

    houlster Been here awhile

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    1 gal rotopax cans...

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  9. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Sweet.I am looking at carrying two of those myself.What rear tire is that?

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    Not my bike, but I think it is a Heidenau K60

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  11. houlster

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    Yes, K60. The 150 r17. TKC on the front.

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    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Thanks.
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  14. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    So that would be about $250 to carry slightly less than 1 extra gallon of gas?

    I'll go the cheap route and just have regular 5 gallon cans air dropped ahead.
  15. CollinsB

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    Picked up a cheap Tank bag from cycle gear..

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    Inside; a plate to hold a couple MSR gas bottles..shelf lining to prevent sliding, 2" straps and rubber bungees on the top, hold everything super solid, and room for tubes, tools etc.

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    Quick question. Can one purchase Roto-pax at Walmart or Sams, or other such stores?
    _No, best I could find was searching on line or e-bay
  17. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Wow! I first thought this is great that someone else finally came out with competition for Touratech's quick-lock system because it'll be quite a bit cheaper. Then I clicked on the link and nearly shit my pants. I never thought I'd see the day when Touratech actually made the less expensive part.
  18. DarkFlames

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    Does anybody know if a Rotopax could fit behind the Triumph soft tail bag on a Tiger 800xc?

    The bag installs on the rearmost portion of the seat and I wonder whether it's location would leave enough room on the rack behind the seat. Any input is appreciated.
  19. Michael

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    I love this forum - so many ingenious ideas for carrying fuel.
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    Yamaha TW200 with 2 1 gallon Rotopax fuel cans with the standard Rotopax mount bolted to the Cycle Rack pannier bracket.

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