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post #1 of 48 Old 11-02-2012, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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4 gallon fuel cell

So, (if the photo worked) you can see I have this 4 gallon extra fuel cell that very easily bolts on. It has 4 bolts and a quick connect for the fuel line and has 3 padded backrests to choose from. I can reach back and turn the valve and put 4 more gallons back in the tank as I am going down the highway. I bought this bike off a guy that did the iron butt rides and he had it custom made. He came on harder times and I bought it with 24k miles on it.

I don't see any other bikes with anything like this. Has anyone else used one of these and do you like it?

I do some longer rides sometimes (8-15 hours) on my own to visit family and I am thinking I am going to try it out next time. The only thing that has stopped me so far is that I put a pack on the seat behind me and will have to strap it to the back of the fuel cell or on top of the paniers. I take my rock climbing gear with rope, rack, and all so I fill up the hard bags with all that quickly.
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post #2 of 48 Old 11-02-2012, 09:29 PM
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never understood these contraptions for anything other than true wilderness excursions. the strom has a 200+ mile range. at sane speeds, you're looking at roughly three hours. one would you'd wanna get up and stretch a few muscles.

besides, it just plain hideous looking...not to mention it has what appear to be sharp edges which i would not want near me in a crash

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Good point about the mileage. There are no sharp edges. Well, nothing sharper than the panier anyway.
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post #4 of 48 Old 11-02-2012, 09:57 PM
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Out west services can be far apart but armed with that knowledge and knowing the range on the wee one should be able to stay out of trouble.

I have replaced factory fuel tanks though with aftermarket. The California model of the DR 650 came with a 3.1 US gal tank.

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post #5 of 48 Old 11-02-2012, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by teevee View Post
(T)he strom has a 200+ mile range.
Even at sane speeds, a loaded-down DL1000 may not consistently provide 200 miles between fill-ups. Geography and elevation will conspire against you.

Having done multi-hundred day rides on my Vee, and despite my periodic stops to stretch and rest, I would have loved the convenience provided by the auxiliary fuel tank pictured above.
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post #6 of 48 Old 11-02-2012, 11:18 PM
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Great idea on some bikes, with smaller fuel tanks and lower mpg, but my Vee always got low 40's, or sometimes if cruising in 6th, would get high 40's for plenty of range in the western US, and I travel back roads between Oregon and Montana every summer. I'd sell it to one of those guys here that insists that 6 gallons of fuel is just never enough, and they want, no need much, much more, on a counta cause, they are such adventure bound Clutch Cargo types, that well, you just cain't never have too much gas, unless you're on fire.
Of course, now that I ride a little 650, there's just no emptying that tank, it goes forever, on almost no gas.
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post #7 of 48 Old 11-03-2012, 11:24 AM
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Anything that helps get across vast expanses with fewer fuel stops is a good thing.
Why any motorcycle is built with less than a 6 gallon tank is mystery to me.
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post #8 of 48 Old 11-03-2012, 11:38 AM
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If somebody knows of an A to B stretch of road in the lower 48 (without convoluted loops, of course) that is gasless for more than 200 miles I'd like to know about it.

I used to think that the "Extraterrestrial Highway" past Area 51 was the longest gasless stretch, but somebody tells me there is now a gas station in Rachel, NV. Even without that I don't think it's 200 miles between Caliente and Tonopah.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ride for more than three hours at a time without a stop for coffee, a piss, or just to stretch. But, hey, whatever floats yer boat....

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post #9 of 48 Old 11-03-2012, 12:34 PM
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I'd use it

When I do long distance, 500+ mile days, I don't even get off the bike at the gas station. I'd rather not stop. My routine has become two fill ups, then get off the bike-for a minute. So if I could do two legs without having to fill up that would be tight.

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post #10 of 48 Old 11-03-2012, 12:37 PM
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I think I would rather fill it with beer.

That being said, there are places in remote Montana where I have to take an extra 2 liters of fuel in order to safely get out and camp and play for a couple of days, and still make it out without the fear of running out of gas. Still, I would rather use it for beer.

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