RotoPax on R1200GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by LaurelPerryOnLand, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. BMWRich

    BMWRich Sout'side Scooter Jock

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    My comment is...I did Prudhoe Bay on a '07 ADV. It's only 255 miles from ColdFoot to the Bay. The Adventure has plenty of fuel to make it there when filled up at the Coldfoot rest area/truckstop (open 24 hrs). A regular GS has a good average range of about 200 miles (I once had an '05 1200GS), so you only need to bring a 3 gallon can of extra gas to make it safely.
    The GS an GSAdv has a good 40+mpg's average.

    I've seen many many dangerous setups here on ADV Rider and other sites for carrying X-tra Fuel, so it's up to each individual on how they want to do it.
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  2. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Leave Hasenwerk alone - you're talkin' bout me! Everything? Not. Just 2-up on a 4000 mile/3 week trip with camping gear for an old man whose body just don't fit the ground anymore.

    BMWRich has it right - you have to evaluate and accept your own risk. Putting the same weight at the back might lower the crash breakage risk, but putting all the weight on the back unloads the front and affects handling.

    Also, the RotoPax are as stout as the BMW plastic gas tank which is also right there.

    YMMV.
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  3. cug

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    And the GSA is a boat anyways ...

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  4. Lensgrinder

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    This worked for me on my Prudhoe Bay Trip.

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  5. WildAnCrazymtl

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    Lensgrinder: Are the fuel cans attached to the vario cases???
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  6. flightestman

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    That plate would be great to then put a kayak flat on it but I'm not sure if the adventure bags would be flush with you mount.
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  7. 1200gsceej

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    Can we see close up pix and details on the mounting?
    thanks
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  8. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Wow! More fuel for an Adventure!

    My kind of thread.
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  9. GS_Pilot

    GS_Pilot Been here awhile

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    I discovered that my 2009 GS Adventure would take 9.5 gallons in an 8.7 gallon tank.
    Tornado came through the night before and couldn't find a gas station with power, the next morning.
    Had to head two towns away to get gas.
    Three of us made it in on fumes.
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  10. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    A magic trick or are you just lucky?????
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  11. Parcero

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    I strapped two one-gallon Rotopax fuel cans stacked on the luggage rack of my R1200GS using velcro Gotcha Straps. It worked out perfectly. The extra weight was positioned no differently that normal luggage, and I was able to quickly unload the cans when need without unpacking anything else, including the set of TKC-80s that I brought along. Here's a pic of the setup:

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  12. Haydon

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    Sounds more like a gas nozzle metering issue rather than a magic gas tank.
    With small volumes I have noticed discrepancies in gallons of juice being delivered.
    But, my wife often points out that I can be wrong.
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  13. Lensgrinder

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  14. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    I'm running (2) 1 gallon Roto's on my VStrom. I bolted them to the back of my ammo cans not the front. They are lockable with the setup from Rotopax. Easy to remove.It's possible to run 2 or 3 1 gallons per side with additional hardware(longer bolt).For example 3 gallons of fuel and 1 gallon of water. I have pictures her on Advrider of my setup.
    MY GSPD has 9 gallons so it's really not an issue and it gets pretty good gas mileage compared to my Strom.I have looked at various GS setups, why such crazy placements of Roto tanks?





    Les
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  15. Lensgrinder

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    I prefer to have the extra weight in front of the rear axle and as low as I can go and still keep it safe.

    My set up saved my side case when I had a tip over, where if the can is attatched to the case in a tip over the case is most likely destroyed.

    The farther back you put it creates more of a lever.
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  16. Motorman

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    This may have been addressed, but here goes.
    There is a photo on the Rotopax website of a GS1200 with a one gallon
    rotopax mounted on the right side rear next to the pannier in the space provided
    due to the mount.

    Does anyone know how it was done, or who might sell a bracket for mounting it
    that way? Seems like a great idea to me.

    Thanks a ton.

    Motorman
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  17. LaurelPerryOnLand

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  18. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    No. But thanks for responding. The rotopax mounts to the inside of the right side pannier mount. Just looking up the photo on their site and it doesn't give any further info, but it is one of the first photos of a motorcycle and the guy who posted the photo is from Oregon (Oregon license plate).

    Anyone know this dude??? or dudette?
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  19. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    can you post the picture/mount? or...link to picture?
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  20. Wadester

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