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Old 07-02-2013, 09:18 PM   #46
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So plan B is taking shape for 2014 or 2015....the next run will be with a single, front mounted fuel tank with 13-14 gallons. I'm going to have to pull some tricks out of my hat to make such a tank look at least somewhat stock and keep the bike ridable.

Thanks, Dan
Looks like you'll be in the market for a KTM 950/990 with the 10.5 gal. Safari tank and 2.2 gal. CJ designs rear tank for your next trip.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:58 PM   #47
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Looks like you'll be in the market for a KTM 950/990 with the 10.5 gal. Safari tank and 2.2 gal. CJ designs rear tank for your next trip.
Just ride around with the Safari tanks full of ethanol gas in hot weather, I managed to one get 13.3 US Gallons in the tanks. Of course they were completely impossible to remove from the bike.

Seriously, if you are going to build a cell why would, you not look at building a version of the Tanji flat bed cell?
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:05 PM   #48
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It was my own inexperience at high-speed in the dirt that led me to believe my rear-mounted fuel cell would pose no problem, but in reality I was fighting a near-continuous front-end wobble almost the whole time in the dirt, and to a lesser extent on blacktop if I hit any irregularity in the pavement. Aside from that, I couldn't let the bike slide gently through corners in the dirt because the rear end was just too planted on the road.

And on the blacktop the bike was just far too rear-end heavy. I was using Hyperpro shocks adjusted to MAX preload and several times I felt both footpegs hit the road at the same time due to bottoming out. Again not the bike per-se, but the placement of the fuel I feel was a contributor to that.
Perhaps the problem was a combination of the lack of a steering stabilizer, not having your suspension optimized for the ride and far too much weight on the bike. There are a lot of bikes riding the IBR this week with a similar set -up to yours, and Dick Fish did all his big rides on a stock 1150 GS( that had been totalled in a fatal wreck with a Jazz fuel cell, custom sized (very narrow) Happy trails panniers, steering stabilizer and perfectly set up suspension

Scotts now makes a complete stabilizer set-up for the 1200 GS & GSA
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