I've ridden my Vee touching all 10 provinces and 42 states with a stock tank and haven't run out of gas yet.
So if you're not going to Alaska, Labrador City or James Bay I don't know why you would need to cope with so much extra weight.
Apparently you guys have not been to the recent apocalyptic wasteland that is NJ post hurricane Sandy. It is like Mad Max down there, "WHO RUN BARTER TOWN?"
This past week I rode the Glee down there from Boston. In CT I thought, "maybe I should bring some extra gas?", so I stop & bought a 1 gallon can that would fit in my pannier.
I get to NJ & people start realizing that no power = no gas since we are so dumb to not have a manual pump on gas pumps anymore.
So I have a Glee with 2 gallons of gas in the tank, & 1 gallon of gas in the gas can from CT. I help clear my father's house off downed oak tree limbs from his roof & power lines. Then I ride about 10 miles north to help out a friend with more downed branches. The power starts coming on in certain towns & the gas pumps are opening, but the lines are stretching almost a mile down the road & fist fights are breaking out!
Luckily my father had some old outboard motor gas that I poured into a 2 gallon gas can, so now I have 5 gallons, plenty of gas to get me back into Massholia where the pumps are working fine. I was worried the stale gas was going to make the bike ride crappy, but after I mixed all the fuel together in the tank, I actually got 54.2 miles a gallon! Yay old gas.
It was an eye-opener to see how people were so under-prepared & they had weeks to prepare but did nothing. I must admit, I was not as well prepared as I should have been in MA. Something to think about next time a disaster is forecasted for your area. Stock up on dino juice, candles, beer (obviously), and Mad Max movies to use as instructional guides.
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