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Apple Jam 07-12-2011 09:40 AM

Safari Tanks ROCK !!
 
Just had to add some "fuel" to those considering these big f'n tanks.
My advice? Buy 'em, you'll love 'em.
Tired of 170 mile range? PROBLEM SOLVED!!!!!!

I pushed the range as far as I could, to empty these monster tanks,
just to see how much fuel I could actually fit in them.
I do not yet know how far I can go when the fuel light comes on,
but I'm thinking I got pretty close to really empty.

http://applejam.smugmug.com/Motorcyc.../IMG0163-L.jpg


Safari advertises 10.5 gallons, and I've heard reports of 11 gallons, but.....
Holy Moly. 11-1/2 gallons :clap

http://applejam.smugmug.com/Motorcyc.../IMG0165-L.jpg


The Clear ones are just plain ugly, but on this bike, they look the part anyway.
The black ones have just gotta heat up in the sun and expand that gas.
The Orange ones look better than I expected when I ordered them.
But they are still a bit on the ugly side.
I think they look perfect for what I want from this bike.

http://applejam.smugmug.com/Motorcyc.../IMG0150-L.jpg

http://applejam.smugmug.com/Motorcyc.../IMG0147-L.jpg

http://applejam.smugmug.com/Motorcyc.../IMG0219-L.jpg

They are a bit wider than stock to be sure,
but personally, I think they are easier for my knees to grip when standing.

At half full, the weight is actually carried lower than stock, so BETTER than stock.
When full, they are surprisingly not very noticable while riding, but noticably harder to get straightened up off the kickstand.
The front forks feel it when I hit big bumps, so I turn the knobs up on the preload just a bit when I'm full.

I'm expecting 350-400 miles range,
and rear cargo capacity is left untouched for loading up plenty of luxury camping gear.

SUVslayer 07-12-2011 11:54 AM

That is a monster tank fo sho. A mod I'd like to do eventually.
Question: How easy is it to get on and off compared to stock tanks? And is it even possible to take if off if full??
thanks for reminding me I need to spend more money!

GlobalTech 07-12-2011 12:13 PM

Geez, that would be just shy of $100 to fill up in England :D

Apple Jam 07-12-2011 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SUVslayer (Post 16376553)
That is a monster tank fo sho. A mod I'd like to do eventually.
Question: How easy is it to get on and off compared to stock tanks? And is it even possible to take if off if full??

thanks for reminding me I need to spend more money!

Putting them back on is not perfect, but totally fumble-able when empty.
I'd assume it's possible when full, but I'd hate to take them off/on when full.

Spend more money, yes. And waaaay less time at gas stations.
And less time looking at maps, looking for the next big-enough town to get gas in.
Just ride all day. Or two days off-highway.
.......Just Ride........until the water pump fails :lol3

Geek 07-12-2011 01:07 PM

Here is a photo from earlier today...

They'll stretch to where you can get 12+ gallons.

45+ gallons on 4 bikes :D

http://topgeek.smugmug.com/Adventure...7959723-XL.jpg

ktm 07-12-2011 01:17 PM

what about driving on sand?
I'm already having troubles in pulling up the bike when I fell (I know, I am not good yet), guess how it'd when you add such extra weight and drive on sand.

Apple Jam 07-12-2011 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 16377068)
Here is a photo from earlier today...

They'll stretch to where you can get 12+ gallons.

45+ gallons on 4 bikes :D

And me getting these tanks is YOUR FAULT, dammit !!
Thanks for your informative threads & info, Geek :norton

Quote:

Originally Posted by ktm (Post 16377145)
I'm already having troubles in pulling up the bike when I fell

I try not to do that anymore.
But I'm still willing to, to get where I wanna go.

Geek 07-12-2011 01:30 PM

You ride it like you ride it in sand with normal tanks.

There's no rule that you have to have 100 lbs of fuel on board... :D

:freaky

motorcycledave1000 07-12-2011 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apple Jam (Post 16375459)

$4.089!!!! :eek1 a gallon plus a $1 :eek1 for credit/debit card use & after all that money no fuel comes out the nozzle????:huh

At least you are ethanol free.

Apple Jam 07-12-2011 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by motorcycledave1000 (Post 16377402)
$4.089!!!! :eek1 a gallon plus a $1 :eek1 for credit/debit card use

Small town dis-advantage....

Quote:

Originally Posted by motorcycledave1000 (Post 16377402)
At least you are ethanol free.

Small town advantage


Quote:

Originally Posted by motorcycledave1000 (Post 16377402)
what's up with the "no gas coming out the nozzle" sign??:huh

I assume it's to remind us not to pour our own money (gas) on the ground????????

sabink 07-12-2011 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apple Jam (Post 16375459)
I'm expecting 350-400 miles range,
and rear cargo capacity is left untouched for loading up plenty of luxury camping gear.

I got 500 miles easy road riding with mine. They are 12 gallons exactly at the moment.

When I take it off I first connect the lower bolt, then the front, the top and lastly the back. The shape of mine is far from the original and I get nearly 2cm (close to one inch) difference in the front bolts :(

SF_Rider 07-12-2011 04:30 PM

New tanks.... up/downsides?
 
I love my 990. I am however getting/am very frustrated with the short range. This was true before I added the remus pipes. But not while getting 20 to 25mpg it's redonculous. A 'touring' bike that can only go about 125 miles between filling.

Very intrigued by the bigger tanks. Weighing the pros and cons. The only cons seem to be $$ and added weight of having more fuel on board. Maybe in addition to a non-factory look.

Are there any other major negatives? Are there rattles, etc? Is the fit and finish solid looking up close?

thanks.

bikyto 07-12-2011 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geek (Post 16377068)
Here is a photo from earlier today...

They'll stretch to where you can get 12+ gallons.

45+ gallons on 4 bikes :D

http://topgeek.smugmug.com/Adventure...7959723-XL.jpg

What kind of tank does the "army" ktm has? looks custom made:ear

Whip 07-12-2011 04:34 PM

I think they add balance to the bike.http://whip.smugmug.com/Torrey/Torre...84_oQof4-L.jpg

http://whip.smugmug.com/Torrey/Torre..._jNjBi-L-2.jpg

Geek 07-12-2011 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bikyto (Post 16378687)
What kind of tank does the "army" ktm has? looks custom made:ear

Yup! CJRacer is upto more stuff :bow

http://topgeek.smugmug.com/Adventure...8677081-XL.jpg


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