Rotopax in the backpack?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by RiderGary, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. RiderGary

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    Has anyone carried a 1 gallon Rotopax with gas in their backpack? If so, any problems with it leaking?
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  2. Mr. J

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  3. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    It would greatly reduce the urge to smoke. . .
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    dfwscotty Long timer

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    No room on the tail rack?

    What bike?
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  5. RiderGary

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    KTM 500 EXC and I'm waiting for a 4 gallon oversized tank from Safari that they are going to release this summer. I don't use a tail rack and try to keep the bike as light as possible and ride mostly offroad trails, woods single track. But looking for a temporary cure for the small 2.25 stock tank until the Safari tank becomes available.
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  6. John E

    John E Been here awhile

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    use some bungie cords and bring some duct tape in case it develops a leak.

    What could possibly go wrong...?
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  7. weird1

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    I havent, but I would those things are tough. It wouldn't be any different than caring camp stove fuel in a back pack, nor any more dangerous than crashing your plastic tanked bike. I say go for it, I would.
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  8. dlh62c

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    I'd be more concerned about spinal injuries in a crash.

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  9. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    +1 on that


    why not a fuel bladder ...no need to fill right up and use soon as possible
    there tuff as gutz
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  10. bikerfish

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    I'd rather have the weight on the bike than on my back. seriously, since the weight would be on your back, and you are on the bike, then the weight is still on the bike, might as well just attach it to the bike and ride in comfort.
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  11. B50Paul

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    Or think of it as a 3in thick spine protector . Strap and pack it , not to move.

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  12. catalina38

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    Mine have never leaked even when full and the brim and bulging from the hot sun. The quality of these is almost too good for a gas can:rofl
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  13. sjeproductions

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    Thanks for starting this thread. I have a big Fruita-Moab-Fruita loop coming up and was considering the exact same plan even with an oversize tank. Figure the rotopax will strap in nicely to the loops designed to hold my avalanche shovel on the exterior. Plus I have read the rotopax is bomb-proof, so not overly concerned about the crashing issues. I say go for it!
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  14. BeeMaa

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    ^^^ +1.
    Seriously...:huh
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  15. Canuman

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    Really, if you were to strap something to your body with the explosive energy of gasoline (and are not interested in martyrdom), I'd say the Rotopax is the vessel of choice. These containers are amazingly well-constructed, don't leak, and likely would take a harder hit than your poor bod will. I'd get some minicell foam and pad out the back for comfort, if you're convinced it's the only way.

    This by no means a positive recommendation. If I were you, I'd keep the gas as far from my body as possible. I still have nightmares from a camping stove explosion in the '80's when I was called in for mountain rescue. You honestly don't want the results if things should go pear-shaped.
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  16. weird1

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    This thread has given me more than one good laugh, I have one question for those that are concerned with putting a 1 gallon rotopax full of gas in a backpack. Why does this bother you when you have 3 to 5 gallons between your legs and on top of a hot engine. :wink:
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  17. Canuman

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    Perhaps because I'm not strapped to the bike?
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  18. John E

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    I could go into my typical dissertation mode and discuss things like assumed risk vs reward, not to mention the practicality of trying to even find a gasoline powered vehicle that doesn't use some sort of storage tank in the first place thus making the sitting on top of gallons of gasoline for the most part practically impossible but I'm really trying to get away from being preachy and pedantic and of course from using really long run-on sentences so I'll simply reiterate what I wrote earlier, I urge the original poster to just do it,what could possibly go wrong...? I should of course add that it doesn't bother me in the least that someone else is planning or considering riding around with a gallon of explosive fuel strapped to their body, I'd appreciate knowing where they are so as to avoid being around them but it's a free county after all.
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  19. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    As a liberaltarian existentialist, I believe the ultimate freedom is the ability to end yourself. If you wanna strap something to your body that could aid that, more power to you. Just make sure it is a considered choice.
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  20. kpt4321

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    The odds of a backpack fuel can "exploding" are probably 1/100th the odds of dying on a motorcycle the "standard" way(s).

    You guys are like riding without helmets, doing wheelies in traffic, but wearing a dust mask so you don't catch SARS. :rofl

    Dude, put the gas can in your backpack. You'll be fine.
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