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TFB43 07-01-2012 12:21 PM

Trying to post again. Alaska trip prep. Extra gas on BMW Panniers.
 
I tried to post this before but it didn't work. So here goes again. I have a 800gs with an Altrider luggage rack that i added the rotopax mount. I was trying to figure a way to carry more gas without have cans having off the bike. So i made a bag to cover a 1 gallon rotopax that would allow me to mount additional rotopax on each pannier lid. Is there a law agains have a cover on a gas can? I have used some scrap outdoor fabric from an upholstery shop. If it won't get me in trouble with the 5.0 i will purchase some Cordura and make a few for my trip. Here is a link to the picture of what I made. https://plus.google.com/photos/11228...50895155784625

Let me know your thoughts.
Thanks.

WoodWorks 07-01-2012 01:08 PM

Well, I can't help with the gas-carrying laws in Alaska, but I endorse your plan to cover the can with cordura instead of that, um, festive material.

But I have to ask, where in Alaska are you riding where you feel the need to carry 3 extra gallons of gas? It's only 244 miles from Coldfoot to Deadhorse, and I don't know of any longer on-road distances between gas stations in that state. Seems like the one Rotopax should do the trick.

MTrider16 07-01-2012 04:31 PM

I only used one extra gallon 5 different times.

Here is my alaska trip report. On the last page is my data sheet with all my stops and fuel used.

Here is a pic of my bike.

http://mtrider16.smugmug.com/Motorcy...70_usZ2z-M.jpg


Wish you the best on your trip. Let me know if you have any questions.

David

TFB43 07-01-2012 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WoodWorks (Post 19033711)
Well, I can't help with the gas-carrying laws in Alaska, but I endorse your plan to cover the can with cordura instead of that, um, festive material.

But I have to ask, where in Alaska are you riding where you feel the need to carry 3 extra gallons of gas? It's only 244 miles from Coldfoot to Deadhorse, and I don't know of any longer on-road distances between gas stations in that state. Seems like the one Rotopax should do the trick.

Guess I was just worried about not having enough. If one will do it I will use the bag for extra water. Thank you for the input. Want to.be prepared for the worst.

TFB43 07-01-2012 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MTrider16 (Post 19034710)
I only used one extra gallon 5 different times.

Here is my alaska trip report. On the last page is my data sheet with all my stops and fuel used.

Here is a pic of my bike.

http://mtrider16.smugmug.com/Motorcy...70_usZ2z-M.jpg


Wish you the best on your trip. Let me know if you have any questions.

David

How did you mount that rotopax to the frame? We're you worried about heat? Out if the way though.

MTrider16 07-01-2012 08:15 PM

Here is how they are mounted.

One SW-Motech engine guard kit.

http://mtrider16.smugmug.com/photos/...-BvvQxvk-M.jpg


Some brackets welded to the engine guard from the local welding shop. Bolt Kolpin brackets to engine guard.

http://mtrider16.smugmug.com/photos/...-X7GxpmJ-M.jpg

And magic!

http://mtrider16.smugmug.com/photos/...-q7r9h4h-M.jpg


To answer your question, no, I don't worry about heat. The tank is sealed and expands more just sitting in the sun than it does when I'm running down the road. It is one of many options. Some people comment on it being exposed in a wreck, but it doesn't seem worse than a TT tank IMHO.

David

BELSTAFF 07-02-2012 01:28 AM

MTrider16
 
Is it safe to assume that your seat is a Sargent? if so please tell me more, just got a 2012 F650GS and am thinking I'm
going to need a seat that will make some miles. Could this be the one?

OrcasKen 07-02-2012 02:51 AM

Ditto on only needing one extra gallon in Alaska with my F8. That said, I did wind up buying a 2-gallon can when I was up there and strapped it to the top of my pannier for the trip up to Dead Horse. If I go again, the 1-gallon Rotopax is all I'll take.

MTrider16 07-02-2012 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BELSTAFF (Post 19037547)
Is it safe to assume that your seat is a Sargent? if so please tell me more, just got a 2012 F650GS and am thinking I'm
going to need a seat that will make some miles. Could this be the one?

It works for me, but there are some negative comments from people also. My friend who has more miles on a bike than I do says, "everybody's butt is unique".

It does let me slide forward some on normal riding, but not bad. I like the narrow front and wide spot towards the back of the sitting area. I think the sliding problem is the nature of the beast with that type of seat.

David

BELSTAFF 07-02-2012 06:24 PM

Thanks
 
Guess I will keep the options open for a while.

Hijack over!!!

TFB43 11-06-2012 07:39 AM

Better Rotopax cover.
 
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-MjtCZxmyWeQsCk7Amqi3tMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=em bedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-SmOsaSUEJNI/UJZ93rXcK7I/AAAAAAAAAz0/jcfF3g9m1qI/s800/20121103_144432.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/112284364223576166508/RotopaxBagConcept?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">ro topax bag concept</a></td></tr></table>
It will have a handle and straps on the top to secure to panniers if you don't have a bracket.

TFB43 11-06-2012 07:41 AM

Better Rotopax cover.
 
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XZEmMGdbMq4E35uoYidjLNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rfdtpbI_mII/UJZ-DJIP4QI/AAAAAAAAAz8/RS8IjtyeVsQ/s800/20121103_144420.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/112284364223576166508/RotopaxBagConcept?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">ro topax bag concept</a></td></tr></table>
Different view.

Happycamper 11-06-2012 10:14 AM

I have this
 
Have you considered the Adventure Tank? http://www.advtank.com/products/bmw-...auxillary-tank

I've got one and it is nice when you are trying to cover serious miles.

Forrest39 11-06-2012 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TFB43 (Post 19981198)
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XZEmMGdbMq4E35uoYidjLNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rfdtpbI_mII/UJZ-DJIP4QI/AAAAAAAAAz8/RS8IjtyeVsQ/s800/20121103_144420.jpg" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/112284364223576166508/RotopaxBagConcept?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">ro topax bag concept</a></td></tr></table>
Different view.

Just curriois, what side cases and racks are these?

Thanks, -Kevin

Loutre 11-07-2012 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Forrest39 (Post 19988330)
Just curriois, what side cases and racks are these?

Thanks, -Kevin

Are you talking about the BMW aluminium panniers?


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