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Old 04-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone actually use the "water space" in the Gobi pannier?

I am considering drilling through the walls of my KTM 950 panniers to mount a 1 gallon rotopax on the back of each one. I'm a little hesitant to give up the water carrying capacity of the Gobi's but can't seem to find much info. on anyone actually using them for that. It doesn't sound like a very "user freindly" option, seems easier to just have the rotopax mount on back for gas and water if needed. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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I read somewhere a long time ago that someone did it and that it doesn't actually hold much water. They also complained of a very bad plastic taste to the point where they didn't want to drink it.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:18 PM   #3
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That and the size of the "fill holes" on the top edges make the task rather impractical on the road unless you bring a small funnel.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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I read somewhere a long time ago that someone did it and that it doesn't actually hold much water. They also complained of a very bad plastic taste to the point where they didn't want to drink it.
Years ago when I got my bike and Gobis I had planned to install the petcocks for the very same purpose. Having researched it was concluded that to eliminate the plastic taste in the water you just fill the panniers with WINE.

I still have the petcocks I bought and never installed them. Definitely better options out there to carry water than filling these Gobis IMO.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:31 AM   #5
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Now where should I mount the rotopax?

I think I've made my decision, sounds like the rotopax would be much more versatile and easier to use. Now I have to decide where to mount them, I'm leaning towards the back of the Gobis. I don't want any more overall width on the bike, and I've seen pics of them dragging when mounted on the bottom.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:57 AM   #6
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You might consider the front of the Gobis to help get the weight down lower. Both ways work well.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #7
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two one gallon rotopax works fine for me. You can still open the side boxes with no interference.
Not sure if you saw this picture from another thread about carrying extra fuel
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #8
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Years ago when I got my bike and Gobis I had planned to install the petcocks for the very same purpose. Having researched it was concluded that to eliminate the plastic taste in the water you just fill the panniers with WINE.

I still have the petcocks I bought and never installed them. Definitely better options out there to carry water than filling these Gobis IMO.
Wine works, and no plastic taste, I have a nice small funnel for fill up and I always rinse with h2o afterwards. Everything is holding up well. H2O is nice to have for a roadside rinse anyway.

Nothing attracts more looks than opening up the petcocks at a roadside rest and washing up and then sippin some wine., A La Gobi style.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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i use them

I installed the petcocks, and i have used the water, altough i only use it on camping.
Before the first time i used them i washed it pretty well, first washed with chlorine and warm water, then rinse it well.
No plastic taste for me.
oh! and yeah, they hold 5 lts each, not to shabby for me!
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #10
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Mounting big jugs of liquid on the gobi box seems like too much weight for it to support. I would think the latch and the plastic walls of the box would fail pretty quickly.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:15 PM   #11
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Mounting big jugs of liquid on the gobi box seems like too much weight for it to support. I would think the latch and the plastic walls of the box would fail pretty quickly.
I would tend to agree with this. The latches are barely strong enough as is!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:04 PM   #12
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:16 PM   #13
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Eek

Holy crap!!


I am already dangerously close to running my legs over with the Gobis. I can't imagine taking up even more clearance with those rotopax mounted to the front of the cases!!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:24 PM   #14
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Holy crap!!


I am already dangerously close to running my legs over with the Gobis. I can't imagine taking up even more clearance with those rotopax mounted to the front of the cases!!
Keep those legs far out or front!

Seriously, though, I took these through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and across the US without any injuries. However, They do seem like they could be an ankle-tweaker if you're not careful.
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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Has anyone used the liquid storage space for fuel instead of potables?
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