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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-12-2016, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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How Do I Carry Extra Fuel On My Motorcycle?


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Riders who have cut their teeth in the urban jungle donít understand the fear that can grip a traveling rider when the fuel light comes on while deep in the American Southwest. Iíve seen stretches of road with no fuel for over 100 miles, and on the Dalton Highway in Alaska, I undertook a section of road that I knew was too much for either my Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra or the hardy Kawasaki Ninja 600 my companion was riding on the final gravel stretch to Prudhoe Bay. In most instances, a little common sense can go a long way towards making sure you arenít stranded by simply filling your tank when it gets less than half-full while riding remote, unfamiliar roads.

Sometimes, the adventure gets the best of our self-control, sending us off half-cocked into the wilderness Ė or maybe we just get lost occasionally. You can, without too much trouble, carry some extra fuel with you. On the aforementioned Alaska trip, I strapped a five gallon plastic can on the passenger seat of the Ultra. When I got back to a more civilized environment, I fueled my bike and gave the can to a local bike shop. I considered the cost of the donor can to be a worthwhile insurance payment against getting stranded.

Off-road riders who routinely travel beyond their bikeís range buy fuel cans that are made to be mounted on motorcycles. Roto Pax and other manufacturers make cans in a wide range of sizes and designs mounting solutions that can be adapted to motorcycles. Still, storing that extra gas can be dangerous if not done properly...
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Buy a BMW R1200GSA. 7 gallons of fuel capacity! 40 miles to the gallon, thats over 300 miles of range.

My R1200GS LC easily gets almost 200 miles to a tank.
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The bike on the photo is so huge with such a small tank ... LOL



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i saw these motorcycle specific gas cans in cycleworld or something few years ago. hope that helps

RotopaX 2 Gallon Gaseline Fuel Pack - FAST Shipping | Adventure Designs
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The bike on the photo is so huge with such a small tank ... LOL



Its called a peanut tank used for pure aesthetics! lol.
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Had a guy I knew. He had a Vmax. He had a top box on the back. The bottom half was a gas tank. The top could still be used for storage. Had a vent and everything on it.
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I saw a touring bike several years ago, the make / model escapes me but he had taken the passanger seat off and replaced it with a aluminium keg as an auxiliary gas tank!
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rotopax is the way to go
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