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I've pretty much settled on some size of Rotopax gas can to take extra fuel on my more remote rides.

The questions are, which size, and where am I going to mount the thing?

The 1 gallon Rotopax cans are compact, but one gallon isn't much extra range on a Vee (~30 miles worst case). Also, the 1.75 gallon and larger cans are much better buys in terms of $-per-fuel volume.

I suspect the 2 gallon can would be just a bit too big & heavy.

I'm not too sure where I would mount it. I have a Kappa K48 top case and Givi E36 side cases. These don't have any flat surfaces or good attachment points, so using the actual Rotopax mount is not going to happen. Rok straps should work if I leave behind a side case, though I'd rather not as the whole point is to have a "get to the next gas stop" reserve for road trips.

I measured, & it's not going to fit laying flat on the "passenger" area of the seat, either (that goes for both 1.75 and 2 gallon sizes).

If I have all my luggage on, I'm pretty much stuck using Rok straps (or rope or what have you) to stick the Rotopax on the outside of a side case.

Has anyone tackled this problem lately? How did you end up mounting the thing with luggage on?
 

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Remove the top case and use bags instead to carry the top case stuff. Plenty of room then. I only use my top case while riding with friends ( 500 km day trips). On long (multi day) trips I ditch it for more packing room. I keep my hard luggage on (panniers).

You can also do like some & fix it to the outside of your crash bars - this is not advisable due to possible crashes.

A Canadian gallon is about 10 lbs - less for American. You don't want too much weight on top of your seat (high center of gravity)

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Hard miles may be right about high weight loads. I have a Kolpin mount on top of my oversized top box but haven't tried riding with it mounted. I've ridden until the low gas light has lit and still had a gallon left when I finally found a gas station to fill up. Just the thought of having an extra gob of fuel is comforting.
 

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I really don't want to not have a top case, or have additional weight up high, if it can be helped. Top case is where I park my helmet & it mounts an LED brake light/turn signal bar. Could do without it if I absolutely had to, but I like having a "trunk" that won't dump its contents when opened (like the side cases tend to do).

The 1.75 gal Rotopax lists at 3.4 lb so with it full (@ 6.0 lb per US gallon for gas) you're up near 15 lb.

For the 2 gal Rotopax it's 3.8 lb empty, so 12 lb. of gas for closer to 16 lb total.

I'm not a fan of putting a Rotopax on the crash bars either. I generally don't drop the bike any more, but when it inevitably happens, I don't especially want to add a busted gas can + gas everywhere to the mix.
 

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Another option is to buy another type of fuel container (those small 1 gallon red containers) and put it inside your hard lugage. I attach mine to the back seat in front of my gear - tied on with strap & cargo net.

Pasted a photo from my Canada tour.
 

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Another option is to buy another type of fuel container (those small 1 gallon red containers) and put it inside your hard luggage. I attach mine to the back seat in front of my gear - tied on with strap & cargo net.

Pasted a photo from my Canada tour (2nd attempt).
 

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Perhaps you could remove the windscreen and affix them there?

Or a better option might be to strap them to the tank like a tank bag?

Where there is a will.....
 

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i did what Hard miles suggested for a while with my 800ST BMW. Never needed it and after a few tours I stopped bringing it along. I put mine in a tool satchel that hid the gas can look to the casual thief.
I'm not sure I'd notice the extra weight on the top box. When out riding where I'd need the fuel I'm not playing racer boy and it might be a moot point.
There are mounts for the passenger pegs that hold some standard gas cans. Another option to consider.
 

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Pegpackers are interesting, but I wasn't planning to spend that much. Puts the kibosh on taking someone with me, too.

Guess I'll have to buy a rotopax and see if I can make it work.
 

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I got a set of bag racks for my project Wee and the left side has room inside the rack toward the wheel for a big tool tube or a Kolpin/Rotopak device.
Depends on your equipment. I forget the name of the make.
 

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I do not like a top box on the bike and use a drybag instead for traveling. I have a 1 gallon "Jerry" old school can that I strap onto the rack behind the drybag. (Drybag is actually across the passenger section of the seat to keep most weight inside my axles.) One gallon of fuel when out in the remote areas is about 45 to 50 miles, giving me a solid range of at least 300 miles. That would be the same for hiway speeds if not riding above 80 MPH.
 
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