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Old 07-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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carring spare oil

I am planning a trip up to Cody Wyo and want to carry some spare oil to top up 2001 GS. I don't want to carry a partial Qt bottle of oil in my panniers. Is there holder that goes on the outside of panniers to hold an oil can??????????

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Dunno about a holder, but I use an empty Nyquil bottle.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Option 1,

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Mount it vertical.

Cap comes off, put aluminum drink bottle from Menards, Walgreen's, etc inside with oil within.

Works for me.

You can scrunch up a spare tire inner tube and cramb it into the inside of the cap, or eat your soup out of it.

Yes, those are all KLR tricks. But we would carry USED oil

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #4
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I always just take a partial bottle. Just make sure it is upright. I'm not sure why I bother though. I didn'T add any on my trip to hondurace last year and didn't add enough between changes on my 10K mile trip last month to make it worth it. My bike is an 01 with 74K on it. Lots of 90 mph days and high heat and no oil use.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:51 PM   #5
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Nalgene

I use a 500ml Nalgene bottle from REI or other sporting goods store. Made for lab chemicals original now used in mountain sports. The bottles are virtually leak proof. With my KLR and no my GS and have never had issue in panniers.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:25 AM   #6
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Partial bottle in a freezer bag.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:30 AM   #7
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I like to use fuel bottles because they don't leak. The bracket to mount them on the painnier comes from Touratech.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:29 AM   #8
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Carry it in a 1 gallon plastic storage bag which folks use to store stuff in the fridge. Problem solved. Never leaked in close to 300k miles on my GS's. Throw in the tool for opening the oil fill cover and your all set.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:33 AM   #9
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I am planning a trip up to Cody Wyo and want to carry some spare oil to top up 2001 GS. I don't want to carry a partial Qt bottle of oil in my panniers. Is there holder that goes on the outside of panniers to hold an oil can??????????

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Do you think you'll need extra oil for such a short trip? It's only 570 miles one way. If your 2001 boxer is using oil you might want to consider changing brands or grades to reduce (eliminate) oil use.

My 2001 uses no measurable oil between changes (annually) regardless of miles (usually less than 10,000 miles). Yours should be about the same.

I would top off to the middle of the sight glass and not worry if it gets low on the sight glass. Remember, there are four quarts of oil in the engine. You can ride safely with 3.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #10
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You guys are seriuously contemplating pouring oil out of the bottle it came in and into another bottle for transport? People! Stop it!
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:51 AM   #11
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You guys are seriuously contemplating pouring oil out of the bottle it came in and into another bottle for transport? People! Stop it!
This. Better yet, why carry it at all? It's not like it's hard to find oil on the road.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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I carried a litre 10,000 km to the west coast and back east on a shakedown run the year before an Alaska trip. Crappy 09 GSA only used 200 ml, hardly half the site glass. On the Alaska trip, 28,500 km, three oil changes, added zero between changes. It isn't a Harley. Don't need to carry oil unless...

Is there an issue with your brand and grade of oil?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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carrying oil

After considering all you thoughtful inputs I have decided on the following method.

I will soak my kitchen sponge in oil over night put in the baggie I had my PB & J sandwich in the day before the trip. Throw it in the bottom of my saddlebag and that way in the unlikely scenario I or my riding buddies need some oil I can squeeze out the correct amount.

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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In all seriousness, I have a new GSA and on a recent trip, I was two states away and looked down at my oil window, and it was near the bottom of the level. I've never had a bike that did that (always owned Japanese bikes), so it did catch me a little off guard. I picked up a quart and used only about a third of it, and carried the partially used container in a garbage bag the rest of the trip. No issues. I still keep it on my bike when leaving for any distance, but really haven't needed it on the road since then. I'm heading to AK in a month, will I bring a new quart with me? Probably. Likely unnecessary, but it'll alleviate any wonders I may have while traveling. I'm hoping that experience was due to the bike being so new, and trust that eventually it'll settle in.

After reading some of the posts in this thread, I now realize it wasn't a big deal, but at the time, getting my hands on a quart of oil was all I could think about.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #15
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Do you think you'll need extra oil for such a short trip? It's only 570 miles one way. If your 2001 boxer is using oil you might want to consider changing brands or grades to reduce (eliminate) oil use.

My 2001 uses no measurable oil between changes (annually) regardless of miles (usually less than 10,000 miles). Yours should be about the same.

I would top off to the middle of the sight glass and not worry if it gets low on the sight glass. Remember, there are four quarts of oil in the engine. You can ride safely with 3.

I just took my 2001 GS from Windsor, Ont. to Glacier, Banff, Jasper, back down to Yellowstone, the Tetons, and over to Cody for two days, then over Beartooth Pass and Little Bighorn and then home.

I used about a half quart of oil in 6,100 miles.

My bike turned 75,000 miles on the trip.

I shouldn't worry about carrying extra oil on this trip. If you find you are low you can certainly find more oil at the next service station.

However, if you need to carry oil for longer trips either use one of the Touratech mounts or find some sort of oil proof container for the partial bottle. I bought a black BMW zippered pouch a few years ago which fits a quart of oil perfectly and is lined. I tucked in my panniers for years before I mounted a Jessie rear carrier with the small lockable storage compartment which now holds my oil and a Packsafe net.

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That was the second trip for the Packsafe net. I have never used it either time. And it's heavy. I am reconsidering ever bringing it along again.
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