rotopax and california

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by ennui, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. ennui

    ennui audio and oil

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    I just stumbled across this warning on Revzilla about rotopax and California: "This product is legal in California only for racing vehicles which may never be used, registered or licensed for use upon a highway."

    If I read that right, (gas) rotopax isn't allowed in CA attached on a regular motorcycle?

    The bigger question: I'm planning on doing some riding in CA later this year and will have a rotopax on me. Will this turn into one of those "confiscate the orange" type situations or will everything be okay if I'm an out-of-state driver?
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  2. DualDawg

    DualDawg Been Lurking

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    3727D3A8-09C0-46A8-9A57-D566EEAE0BF5.jpeg No, they are not legal, but no it shouldn’t be an issue unless you go into an SVRA Park. (State Vehicular Recreational
    Area) and even then, I don’t believe they can take your bike, but who knows, they might take the can. But more likely they’ll just tell you that you can’t bring it in. In motorcycles it’s all about the lean! In CA gas cans it’s all
    about the spout! Here’s a pic of one of the approve safety spouts. Stupid CA! I live here!
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  3. mb300

    mb300 Been here awhile

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    California is like a hot girl:

    Really beautiful, but really stupid.

    You'll be fine.
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  4. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    I have a 1 gallon Rotopax on my Tranny every day I ride. I use the water spout so I don't leak all over the place.
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  5. PukaWai

    PukaWai Long timer

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    Obviously you're not form Ca. Everything is illegal here! With all those ridiculous laws, LEOs have to chose what they'll enforce and there's plenty of more serious stuff so chances of getting hassled about a Rotopax are slim to none.
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  6. OCADVR

    OCADVR Adventurer Supporter

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  7. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    No need of extra gas there are gas stations everywhere
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  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Aren't there a bunch of brodozers rollin' around in CA with rotopax hung off their bed racks, or is that just an AZ thing?
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  9. aanichols

    aanichols Racer at heart

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    It had to do with the CARB label not being on them at one point.
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  10. el Pete

    el Pete toda su base

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    Ha, ha, see those here in L.A. too. And don't forget the Trasharoo hanging off the spare tire.

    And to the OP, police, CHP, etc. could care less about your rotopax.
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  11. RonSJC

    RonSJC Been here awhile

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    Just saying..............
    Seriously, I've ridden with Rotopax and even plain old 1 liter fuel bottles for years and never had an issue, or even given it a second thought for that matter.
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  12. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    "illegal in California" is probably not accurate. It is illegal to sell fuel containers in California that have not been certified by California. This is really a business regulation, not a law. Old fuel containers that are currently owned in California are legal to possess. This is enforced at the retail and distributors level with state fines and lawsuits, I doubt that it is enforceable against individuals. If anyone notices it at all, it would probably be to ask you where you got it or to express concern over fire danger.
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  13. capt42104

    capt42104 Adventurer

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    Typical CA. As stated before me, everything is illegal here and I agree it seems to depend on where you live on what is enforced! I work and live in rural county in Cali and it is a little less intrusive here compared to other places I frequent in CA. 40 years of riding bikes, I have learned it really depends on your riding behavior and attitude when dealing with LEOs (except Oregon!). Sadly, in Cali everything is being regulated to death here and chances are you are breaking some laws here no matter what you are doing. As for the ROTOPAX, simply buy outta state, or buy a water spout!

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  14. boney

    boney Ride > Post Supporter

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    EXACTLY.

    Need good paint? Go to Nevada and buy it.
    Need good solvents? Go to Nevada and buy it.
    Need someone to re-chrome your bumpers? Take them to Nevada and have it done there.
    Need a usable gas can spout? Go to Nevada and buy it.
    Need a used car or motorcycle without all the California crap? Go to Nevada and buy it.
    Etc.

    I'm generally not the guy who attracts the attention of the LEO. I've never had a problem using out of state purchased items in California. In fact, none of it has even been checked except for the vehicles, which is standard.
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  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    In all fairness, there have been two instances on two different trips when I was riding along in Oregon next to a car that was on fire.

    Stupidity isn't isolated to this state....

    :lol3
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  16. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    You might try some penicillin for that leak.
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  17. tag3

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    Sorry, meant to call you.

    I'd get a check up.

    Went here Sat. night after work.
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  18. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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  19. DonniBoi

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    that ended years ago. oregon and nevada/az are selling the stupid can nozzles

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  20. Strong Bad

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    You can't get them in the interwebs?
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