Safari Tanks ROCK !!

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  1. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    1. Do you find that these tanks need the crash bars or no? I see a lot of people run these with just the panels. Is that good enough? Are they super tough or something?
    2. Are the safari tanks lighter than the stock tanks + their cover fairings?
    3. Are these becoming the preferred fuel extension over the Neduro tank? Was thinking of doing that with the coming 2-into-1 exhaust modification I am planning. Thought it could add some fuel without putting it over the front.
  2. Narsisco Lopez

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    Good question. Geek, I remember you saying you thought the Safaris were pretty robust and I've seen MANY of your photos up in the hills and not a crash bar to be seen. You happy letting your bike take a nap on the tanks without bars?
  3. Geek

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    holy heck did I ever just jinx myself or what? :rofl

    Judging by how many times I've seen Daniel crash his.. I'd say they're pretty tough :hide
  4. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    lol...

    Hey Geek... They're asking YOU about crashing with your safari's...

    :rofl

    Edit: Damn.. beat me to it
  5. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    1) Have you checked out this thread?
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18071123&postcount=32

    I've seen Matthew's bike bounce a few times skipping across the trail. No issues. They are pretty tough. Crash bars are a nice custom build if you have long legs and like to use highway pegs, that's why I build crash bars for mine originally. That's the only way I could get across the plains to the good stuff.

    "xdbx" is one heck of a crash tester too.

    2) I found they are about the same once you figure in all the hardware and what-not.

    3) I've never tested the Neduro tank. It depends on your needs. I needed more storage for trail tools. I also found that once the bike is loaded with gear it's very well balanced with fuel in the front and gear in back. They are great ballasts when it gets windy too.

    If you're unsure, try and get a test ride on a bike with them.

    For reference.

    OEM tanks+ crash bars = Safari Tanks w/o protection. So for all those that think these are super wide, they just look fat....
  6. Narsisco Lopez

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    You'd better not go down anywhere NEAR someone else's camera! :lol3
  7. Qwik

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    1. Not generally from what I hear and see. They are pretty stout. And the manufactured crashbars wont fit.
    2. The empty tanks with no hardware weighed the same as my stock tanks with no hardware. Tells me they weigh less than the stocker/fairings combo
    3.Well the Neduro tank holds 2.4 (Thats the most I got into mine) and that gives you a total of 8.2 gallons. the Safaris hold an average of 11 gallons.
  8. seppami

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    Does anyone know, how much there is still gas, when the fuel light goes on?
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    Easy way to check. When the light comes on. Pull over and shut the crossover petcock off. Ride till the bike dies. Times 2 and there ya go,
  10. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    1. Touratech makes some. Or CJ (better!)
    2. Yep they weigh 0.8lbs less actually
    3. On a 990 with the neduro I could only get 7.5 gallons
  11. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    ONLY 7.5 gallons he says
  12. Pistolero

    Pistolero W. F. O.

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    is that all?? :huh :rofl
  13. Qwik

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    Versus the 11.5 he gets with the Safari's. Yeah thats All.:rofl
  14. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    If they will let me save some weight vs stock tanks, fairings, and crash bars... I would go with it. Otherwise I think am kind of liking the neduro tank on my left behind me. (Sure wish I could preserve the locking fuel cap too. People are assholes... yall ever worry about that? I do.)

    Now if I need to outrun humungus and his gang of juice stealing hooligans, that might change and seal the deal. "Just walk a-way" not on your life, ugly
  15. babilon

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    here a pic with my spermwhite Safaris :evil

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    :lol3

    Nice bike, great set up!!!
  17. The Doc

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    I've had my Safari tanks for a year now and I sort of still like them but I'm getting real sick of the expansion problem.

    The bottom mount has moved atleast 20mm maybe more, the headlight bolt holes have moved about 10mm. The rear of the tank has no more room to move, I have already ground the front edge of the side covers to make more room. The bottom brace has been extensively modified, it is not only the mount hole that needs to be moved but the clearance around the fuel hose/fuel petcock has been ground out several times.
    I went to refit my tanks today and again had to do more work to the bottom mount. DO THESE THINGS EVER STOP GROWING?
    I am a professional with all the gear and know how to modify things as needed but I often wonder what the average punter does about this. I shudder to think what butchery takes place at a workshop when some of those so called mechanics are refitting the tanks after a valve check or a water pump job.
    One of the reasons I go to alot of effort to have this right is so that, if I ever have to take the tanks off while on tour I've already got a problem, I dont need anymore!

    I think the tanks should have been made smaller and pre-expanded before sale.

    Has anyone got any stories to tell?
  18. Platypus-3in1

    Platypus-3in1 Fluid Journey

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    I am in the process of researching and planning for a future expedition. This is one of the potential problems I've tried to fix in my mind ... I've read a few stories like this with excellent advice on how to remount them ... But like yourself I would like them to not expand in the first place ...

    One of my ideas was to wrap the tank while it was still new ....

    I'm still checking in on this thread hoping someone that already owns one these tanks might be able to give me an educated guess leading to ... No Way, Don't Try It, It Will Be A Most Expensive Mistake! ... or ... Hey That Just Might Work! ....

    Signed ... Seeking The Collective Wisdom ... :ear
  19. Narsisco Lopez

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    Have you read this post? Sounds like Kamanya has a simple, effective method for remounting, no matter the expansion...

    <a href="http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=11789699&postcount=1" target="_new">FYI, Getting the Safari Aquiline tanks on with little effort</a>
  20. Geek

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    David: they'll distort enough that kamanya's technique simply won't reach. My tanks had 3 gallons in each of them yesterday and the right tank had the bottom hole off by 30+mm and the windshield holes couldn't even see the holes they were destined for.

    @ any given moment my tanks have various bolts missing because I gave up trying to get them to reach. :D
    As long as the tank doesn't fall off.. I don't sweat it.

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    Oh snap!
    :rofl



    p.s. I have better results without even doing the top bolt up.. I start with the bottom and do the top bolt last as it is the easiest to line up. when things are super out-of-whack (like right now) I'll do the top bolt up about 4 threads and then bottle jack the bottom of the tank to bow it enough that I can reach the hole. Unlike Kamanya 's tanks.. my tanks have zero overlap with my rear fairings and always line up at the back without tension. I think these tanks have a lot of variance between sets?