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post #1 of 25 Old 04-13-2007, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Aux Gas Tanks.

Wifeys and I will be doing the Al-Can next year. My main concern is fuel and I hate thinking about fuel.

So with paranoia as my friend, I began my search. (Check the bike out).

http://blogs.motorbiker.org/blogs.ns...3558MWEAX2.htm

So of these are half as_ed and some aren't. Tour Tank is my favorite so far.

http://www.dirtbikeworld.net/Reviews...k/BumTank.html
http://nomadtanks.com.au/Tanks.php
http://www.tourtank.com

Thoughts anyone?

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I carry 2 20 oz. white gas canisters filled with 87 when I'm on the road just in case. Are gas stations really that far apart that you'd need to give up that much luggage space? I'm thinking of the Al-Can in 2009, so I'm curious as to what your solution will be.

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I have a damaged tank that I plan on modifying into a 300 mile tank, it looks as though that a couple gallons could be added by extending the tank forward on each side, it would be hidden under plastic so that part wouldn't need to be cosmeticly suitable.



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Maybe it's just me but I don't think I'd like to be carrying around 35 lbs of "additional weight" that high and to the rear of the bike. 2 big old honking tanks like that seems like too much weight concentrated in a less than optimal place. I'm more of a mind to carry 3 or 4 20 oz. fuel cannisters mounted or carried in lower more foreward positions.

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You may be wasting time and money.

I just read a five-year-old article that said gas stations were frequent on the AlCan Highway. I suggest you make sure there is a problem before spending money and effort on a solution.

I am sure there are web sites where you can consult with veterans of that route.

The V-Strom has a mighty tank, and can carry a full load over 160 miles on a tank of gas. I believe the most widely separated stations are much closer than that.

It's always a hazard to carry fuel, especially a shifting load well above the center of gravity.

Your bike, your safety, your call ... but do all the research first.

Good luck on your voyage. I am going the other way, all the way to Newfoundland. I may cross Labrador, where gas stations can be 280 kilometers apart. I do not consider that a problem.

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Doug, how far north are you travelling ?? I drove up to Fairbanks in the middle 80's and never had a problem finding a gas pump. Unless you are headed way out to the boonies and beyond there may not be a problem. The far north caters to a lot of tourist traffic and generally where you find food you find fuel next door.

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wonder if that tour tank would fit where the extra pipe on the 1000 goes[if you have a 650]a trick i use is i fill a couple of two litre pop bottles with gas and stick them in the front of my jacket,then after 40 klm add one too the gas tank,then another 40 and add the next,now im 80 klm from the last gas station and have a full tank,i know it sounds a bit stupid but im not packing empty jerry cans or extra tanks,just crush the pop bottles and stick in garbage can,although what i do is get gas and go up the road a bit then put gas in the bottles from my tank,then go back fill up again[as gas in pop bottles is not legal]but this is way better than the extra tank thing

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a trick i use is i fill a couple of two litre pop bottles with gas and stick them in the front of my jacket,then after 40 klm add one too the gas tank,then another 40 and add the next,now im 80 klm from the last gas station and have a full tank
Sorry, I wouldn't go 40 / 80 centimeters with pop bottles full of gas under my jacket. You sir, are a thrillseeker. After all, dress for the slide, not the ride.
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It's always a hazard to carry fuel, especially a shifting load well above the center of gravity.

you sir have just described 99% of the motorcycles on the road

a a hundred odd years ago, people were afraid to drive vehicles with internal combumstion engines cause thy carried the explosive liquid called gasoline

the fear his starting all over again with hydrogen cars




properly fitted fuel cells are just as safe as the stock tank

carrying unvented fuel is a disaster waiting to happen



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Tank weight

Thanks all for the input.

With a Tour Tank of 2 gallons (7lbs/gallon) with fuel and quick release hoses, it comes out to approx 20 pounds that would be installed over the rear seat. If I put one of the 1.25 gal tube tank(s) to either side of the top trunk it comes out to 25lbs.

I've ridden two up with a 6' 2" 170lb passanger without a problem, so 35 lbs isn't a worry.

I also checked with the ACSC (AutoClub) and it does appear that gas is plentiful for the trip to Fairbanks/Anchorage. However we plan on going to the arctic circle which is why I'm thinking additonal tankage.

With my 1K4 getting about 200 a tank, an additonal 80-100 would make sleep come a lot easier.

Also check the Blog @ http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/rid...riding_alaska/ . About 60% the way down is: "Is your fuel range less than 244 miles? Better carry extra gas from Coldfoot to Prudhoe Bay."

Keep the great idea coming!!!

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