rotopax mounted under pannier

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by srpuywa, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    had to steal this idea - took 20 minutes to install

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  2. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    hmm...might be susceptible to the first serious rock thrown up from or encountered on the road?:huh

    also...the first 'nap' might end up damaging the spout?

    mounting on the rear of the pannier (where you already have a mount for something else) might be a better location?
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  3. ROAD DAMAGE

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    9 gallon capacity on the GSA supertanker isn't enough? :D

    Do you carry the extra fuel for your riding buddies? :huh

    (That's what I tell my small fuel tanked riding pals ............ "Oh yeah, I'll sell you THE fuel for $3.50/gal. .................... but the "transport fee" is what's gonna be be rough! :lol3 )

    I've never understood the fuel containers riding around on a GSA? I'm assuming that it isn't for water?


    Looks like a precarious placement if you corner aggressively on the highway (my Jesse Safaris will drag if I'm loaded heavily) or if you ever ride rough and rocky off-road.

    Let us know how it works out.
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  4. GrouchyGeezer

    GrouchyGeezer Not a Long Timer

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    If the bottom of your pannier is in the equivalent location of a Zega, the Rotopax will make contact in moderately aggressive turns, You will especially make contact if you "park" the bike on its side. You can check this out while the bike is in the garage. Best of luck!
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  5. srpuywa

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    Still had over a foot of ground clearance
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  6. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    ...but the suspension is not loaded here...sag will bring it down...
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  7. whisperquiet

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    Great idea--go with it, but behind everybody you ride with.
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  8. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    Itza long way to Starbucks... :1drink
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  9. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    I don't mean to pile on, but that looks like a really bad idea.
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  10. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    got to be better than hanging them on the front crash bars or up on the rear rack - keeping the weight low - like the boxer motor
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  11. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    All aboard!

    Don't listen to these naysayers.
    Don't hit any bumps
    Don't carry anything in the luggage

    I have ridden a LONG (like 400 + miles) way with my GSA humongous gas tank, never needed extra fuel. If you want to carry extra for peace of mind that is great, but for fucks sake find a better place to put it.
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  12. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    Kudos for the creativity, but I'm on board with the other guys. That has the potential for an unhappy ending.
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  13. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I mounted it to see if there would be any interference/dragging and took a ride thru some twisties this afternoon, sure the bike wasn't loaded up but nothing dragged - I can put the ESA on 2 up or off road if I need a stiffer ride or more clearance.

    I did a Saddle Sore 1000 last summer and know the range of the bike pretty well and don't trust the fuel strips

    This is a tough crowd :rofl
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  14. gastone

    gastone R.I.P. sweet Angus

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    Not really a tough crowd, just not a good idea. I've scraped panniers before hitting the twisties hard. You scrape a full rotapax and there's a good chance you put a hole in it... dump a gallon of fuel on the roadway for the bike behind you eat it on. Sorry man, I'm in agreement with the other naysayers.
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    Yeah. Me too

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  16. srpuywa

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    thanks for all the inputs - the mount and tank will stay where it is (empty) for awhile, I'll put the wife on the back to simulate a heavy load and see if it drags. I don't plan on racing sport bikes through the twisties when I'm loaded up to do the 4 corners ride. I ordered a water container to mount there if I don't see a need for extra gas - however I've been out in bum-fuk nowhere Eastern Washington hoping not to run out of gas

    I don't think the rotopax would grind thru very easy if it did drag on the pavement, they are made pretty stout

    All the other mounting I've seen aren't much better - in front or back of the panniers probably no better in a crash or on a rack that takes up valuable space

    If I do crash and burn I'll post pics! :rofl
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    Bad idea:eek1 :lol3

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  18. izzy's

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    Normally when you want/need a little extra gas it is not in a situation that you are hitting the curves aggressive or on a rough unpaved situation, it is in a long desolate stretch where gas stations are few and far between.
    Last year I made my maiden voyage to Alaska on an '04 1150 GS Adventure. I think my fuel capacity is 8.3 gallons which is enough for all the stretches between Arkansas and Alaska.
    Here is the situation where 8.3 gallons is a close call. After leaving Ft. Nelson, BC I wanted to go up to the NW Territory to be able to say that I had done it. After crossing the NWT border the road was wet, slippery, unpaved and more than I was in the mood to tackle fully loaded. Turning around and back tracking was a very close call on gas. There were other times when there was suppose to be gas available but was not. Another time the only station in town didn't open until 9:00 a.m., 4 hours after my planned departure time.
    There were 3 or 4 times an extra 2 gallons would have saved time or given peace of mind. There was never a time on the trip that the riding was aggressive enough that Rotopax on the bottom of my Jesse's would have been a problem.
    The next trip to AK I will have Rotapax mounted to the bottom of my Jesse's. I'd rather have and not need than need and not have.
    The "Starbucks" comments are cute but there truly are some circumstance that a couple extra gallons on a GSA are good.
    This is only my POV, everyone is entitled to theirs.
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  19. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    You might want to be careful how you put that to her :lol3
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  20. MoodyGS

    MoodyGS Going round the bend

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    Yes quite, my very thought when i read the post as well!
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