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Old 08-08-2010, 09:23 PM   #16
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After looking at everyone's setups and thinking about things - and packing to ride two-up with full camp gear - I decided to go for a front mount.

I went with the basic RotoPax mount and a backing plate, and filled the gap with a disc of HDPE plastic grooved to fit over the crashbar intersection:



After completing our 3 week/4000 mile trip, I can tell you this worked well. Putting this weight on the front end helped with load balance notably. On our way home we didn't need the extra water, so I let them run dry. Noted the handling wasn't as good - so I filled them back up! We also had a Polar Bear soft cooler on top of the left side case with another gallon of water cold for getting thru AZ and UT where we were also using evap cooling vests.

With packs mounted:

Your setup looks pretty dangerous. What if you dropped the bike? You and your riding partner will be covered in fuel.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:07 PM   #17
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I have a 2010 GSA with > 9 gallons fuel tank and I placed a pair of Best Products Peg Packers 2 gallons each on the passenger pegs. Low center of gravity with 2 gallons on each foot peg. I will only ride Solo after being hit by a Drunk Driver 3 Years Ago, so I don't need passenger pegs. I can carry either water or fuel. With 13 gallons of usable fuel and > 40 mpg I can get over 500 miles between fuel stops. Works for me. I got stuck in Oregon a while back with little or no gas available after dark. Worked Great!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:26 AM   #18
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Your setup looks pretty dangerous. What if you dropped the bike? You and your riding partner will be covered in fuel.
1) Those are for water - no problem. With a GSA tank and 8.5 gallons of gas I don't really need extra fuel.

2) I did drop it once - a parking issue. The crash bar took the hit mostly, but with a little scratch on one corner. Rotapax are pretty tough, too.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:29 AM   #19
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Doing dishes along the way?

Hasenwerk,

I'm sure I missed it in the photos...but could you please take a close up of the KITCHEN SINK...holy cow, man. You're bringing everything!
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:12 PM   #20
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Hasenwerk,

I'm sure I missed it in the photos...but could you please take a close up of the KITCHEN SINK...holy cow, man. You're bringing everything!
I don't take the kitchen sink! I am quite the minimalist when I head out.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:42 AM   #21
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My comment is...I did Prudhoe Bay on a '07 ADV. It's only 255 miles from ColdFoot to the Bay. The Adventure has plenty of fuel to make it there when filled up at the Coldfoot rest area/truckstop (open 24 hrs). A regular GS has a good average range of about 200 miles (I once had an '05 1200GS), so you only need to bring a 3 gallon can of extra gas to make it safely.
The GS an GSAdv has a good 40+mpg's average.

I've seen many many dangerous setups here on ADV Rider and other sites for carrying X-tra Fuel, so it's up to each individual on how they want to do it.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:48 AM   #22
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Hasenwerk,

I'm sure I missed it in the photos...but could you please take a close up of the KITCHEN SINK...holy cow, man. You're bringing everything!
Leave Hasenwerk alone - you're talkin' bout me! Everything? Not. Just 2-up on a 4000 mile/3 week trip with camping gear for an old man whose body just don't fit the ground anymore.

BMWRich has it right - you have to evaluate and accept your own risk. Putting the same weight at the back might lower the crash breakage risk, but putting all the weight on the back unloads the front and affects handling.

Also, the RotoPax are as stout as the BMW plastic gas tank which is also right there.

YMMV.
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Old 08-21-2010, 01:49 PM   #23
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Also, the RotoPax are as stout as the BMW plastic gas tank which is also right there.
And the GSA is a boat anyways ...


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Old 08-21-2010, 10:58 PM   #24
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This worked for me on my Prudhoe Bay Trip.

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Lensgrinder: Are the fuel cans attached to the vario cases???
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:19 PM   #26
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That plate would be great for fixing a mount that wil hold my dog

That plate would be great to then put a kayak flat on it but I'm not sure if the adventure bags would be flush with you mount.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #27
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hot does it mount?

Can we see close up pix and details on the mounting?
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This worked for me on my Prudhoe Bay Trip.

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Old 12-19-2011, 02:27 PM   #28
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Wow! More fuel for an Adventure!

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Old 12-19-2011, 05:46 PM   #29
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1) Those are for water - no problem. With a GSA tank and 8.5 gallons of gas I don't really need extra fuel.
I discovered that my 2009 GS Adventure would take 9.5 gallons in an 8.7 gallon tank.
Tornado came through the night before and couldn't find a gas station with power, the next morning.
Had to head two towns away to get gas.
Three of us made it in on fumes.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:22 PM   #30
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I discovered that my 2009 GS Adventure would take 9.5 gallons in an 8.7 gallon tank.
Tornado came through the night before and couldn't find a gas station with power, the next morning.
Had to head two towns away to get gas.
Three of us made it in on fumes.
A magic trick or are you just lucky?????
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