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post #1 of 77 Old 04-01-2016, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Gas cans on crash bars

Ok so.. Before we start I'll say that I know the safety issues. Don't mention them because in the end they will be ignored.

I am planning a cross country trip in August. I want to buy 2 1 gallon rotopax and mount them to the crash bars with the openings facing me. I want to plumb in hoses so I can open the tank and pump fuel into the main tank while riding... Remember what I said about safety concerns... My biggest question is how much wind drag will the 3 inch wider per side rotopax cans create? I don't want to stop every 180 miles. Very annoying. Why couldn't Suzuki put a 8 gallon tank on this thing like the Ktm adv bike that it was modeled after.


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this guy have done it with panier so I don't see why not



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No safety lecture from me. But if you aren't going until August you have time to consider other ways to do it as well. Maybe consider a tank that is plumbed into your main fuel line with a small DC fuel pump.
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I don't want to stop every 180 miles. Very annoying.
I wish I were still young enough to think and feel that way.
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No safety lecture from me. But if you aren't going until August you have time to consider other ways to do it as well. Maybe consider a tank that is plumbed into your main fuel line with a small DC fuel pump.

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Speedway Aluminum Tank, 2 Gallon - Free Shipping @ Speedway Motors


I have a small 2.5 gallon tank I just have no where to put it
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I have the Aerostitch tank panniers on when I tour. It makes some small difference in mpg. Mostly the speed pushing headwinds is the evil culprit for the too soon stops.
I got a 1.25 gal Kolpin to mount on the top box for the extra range. The 650 is a bit less thirsty than the 1000.
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Basshead,
That is about as neat and counter intuitive use of saddle bags as I've seen.
But it's very similar to the Aerostitch cloth panniers.
The only fault might be the use of hose clamps.
The Luftmeister fairing on my 78 /7 BMW used hose clamps to keep it on and the vibrations would break them occasionally.
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Not wanting to stop every 180 miles leaves me with nothing to add except, go for it.
That will be quite a bit of extra weight towards the front of the bike though.
You need to go to the LD website. Those guys know how to do that.

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That is about as neat and counter intuitive use of saddle bags as I've seen.
But it's very similar to the Aerostitch cloth panniers.
The only fault might be the use of hose clamps.
The Luftmeister fairing on my 78 /7 BMW used hose clamps to keep it on and the vibrations would break them occasionally.
Lol yeah, it's not something I would do, but it's an option if safety is not an issue


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How about strapping a couple of these on top of your panniers instead?

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That way it's not dragging along the road every time you slide out spraying gas all over you. I know.. I said it..

I have extra gas on the passenger seat behind me where it is safer.

An alternate idea would be to add an extension to your crash bars so they also protect the extra gas can.
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