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Old 07-22-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Early test Rade's underseat tank

As one of the testers for the underseat tank Rade (fellow inmate) is developing I have the honours of enlightening you with my experience so far. I received the tank last week and found some spare time to mount it today. It's probably fair to say the final version will look much better, this one is just built for toughness and testing purposes :)

The tank came with all the mounting hardware included, and it's absolutely bomb-proof.





It's going to take up pretty much the entire rear bit of the bike, so you do need to do some cutting in the rear fender. It's not a big deal, but you can't get around it. This isn't a how-to so I won't annoy you with mounting instructions, but it was pretty straightforward. It comes with its own petcock and all the tubing, just run it around the bike to places you want it to go.









I've only done 50 miles so far, but it made it safely across a dastardly tricky stretch of deceivingly flat highway! Maybe that isn't a very high bar to set, so now to give thing a decent test for a few days; 2000 mile all-roadtrip starting tomorrow
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Could you give us a hint as to how much fuel it holds?

Do you have to fill it separately (I assume so)?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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I guess you have to remove the seat to refill. I would love it if there was a way around that because if Im loaded up I ususally have a bag strapped to the seat.
Apart from that I love it.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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I guess you have to remove the seat to refill. I would love it if there was a way around that because if Im loaded up I ususally have a bag strapped to the seat.
Apart from that I love it.
I think that there will be two versions, one under the seat and one that fills from outside.
I know that when I contacted Rade, I said that I would be interested in the under seat version, and that those were the first ones produced.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:48 PM   #5
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There is one that will fill rear of under the seat, but it will still be under the luggage rack...
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:01 AM   #6
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What with my sideracks and (usually) a pelican on the back, I really don't see how having the filler cap under the luggage rack would be more helpful :P


Cutting the seat and using a taller opening in its place is probably the most convenient option, but that is more invasive than this version. Right, off to France
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:44 AM   #7
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Can I assume that this eliminates the handy storage area where the ABS unit would be on an ABS-equipped bike? I keep my tools and spare bits in that space today...I don't mind the removal of the seat for refuelling as much as I don't use soft luggage on the pillion seat.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:24 AM   #8
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Can I assume that this eliminates the handy storage area where the ABS unit would be on an ABS-equipped bike?
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:37 AM   #9
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Damn-it, I don't want to lose that spot. Why can't anyone produce something like these for less than 12,300 South African Rand (approx. $1,230 USD)? This solution seems ideal for me (sorry Rade, I'm not trying to take anything away from your genius underseat tank idea -it's simple and fantastic, just not for me).

http://www.omegafibre.net/ktm-990-carbon-fibre-extras/

I guess I'm just searching for a unicorn. I don't want Safari/Aqualine tanks, I don't want a rear side tank (CJ or others) because they're not compatable with my Jesse racks and these two tanks from South Africa don't need separate venting though I can't figure out how they fill...

All I want is an extra 8-10 liters of fuel.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:29 AM   #10
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Damn-it, I don't want to lose that spot. Why can't anyone produce something like these for less than 12,300 South African Rand (approx. $1,230 USD)? This solution seems ideal for me (sorry Rade, I'm not trying to take anything away from your genius underseat tank idea -it's simple and fantastic, just not for me).

http://www.omegafibre.net/ktm-990-carbon-fibre-extras/

I guess I'm just searching for a unicorn. I don't want Safari/Aqualine tanks, I don't want a rear side tank (CJ or others) because they're not compatable with my Jesse racks and these two tanks from South Africa don't need separate venting though I can't figure out how they fill...

All I want is an extra 8-10 liters of fuel.

Being from SA, there is the odd couple off these tanks floating around from time to time at around R8000,00 a set ($800,00).
That said, even being here there is not that many people buying them as they are expensive to carry only 8 litres extra. Most guys here that do serious Adventure Riding want the weight under them( which is the reason I am interested in Rades version) and it only takes 1 litre less, not even from what I understand) I would rather remove carbon canisters and store tubes and some lighter tools in the fairing.

As to your comment about filling them. Go to the link you provided. The area with 6 pics, look at the middle top pic. You can see 2 silver pieces almost on the top of the tanks. That be the filler caps.
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Damn-it, I don't want to lose that spot. Why can't anyone produce something like these for less than 12,300 South African Rand (approx. $1,230 USD)? This solution seems ideal for me (sorry Rade, I'm not trying to take anything away from your genius underseat tank idea -it's simple and fantastic, just not for me).

http://www.omegafibre.net/ktm-990-carbon-fibre-extras/

I guess I'm just searching for a unicorn. I don't want Safari/Aqualine tanks, I don't want a rear side tank (CJ or others) because they're not compatable with my Jesse racks and these two tanks from South Africa don't need separate venting though I can't figure out how they fill...

All I want is an extra 8-10 liters of fuel.
Here is the link to Vendors where these tanks were introduced. Not a very successful product but I agree with you, to me this is one the best and least intrusive ideas to carry extra fuel.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236166

On the top of my list however are Pete's tanks, they are a masterpiece.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=611461
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Here is the link to Vendors where these tanks were introduced. Not a very successful product but I agree with you, to me this is one the best and least intrusive ideas to carry extra fuel.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236166

On the top of my list however are Pete's tanks, they are a masterpiece.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=611461
I love Pete's tanks but they don't suit what I need. I don't have a rally exhaust, I need to retain my pillion pegs and my Jesse luggage racks...

Like I said, I seem to be searching for Unicorns :)
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:39 PM   #13
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Damn-it, I don't want to lose that spot. Why can't anyone produce something like these for less than 12,300 South African Rand (approx. $1,230 USD)? This solution seems ideal for me (sorry Rade, I'm not trying to take anything away from your genius underseat tank idea -it's simple and fantastic, just not for me).

http://www.omegafibre.net/ktm-990-carbon-fibre-extras/

I guess I'm just searching for a unicorn. I don't want Safari/Aqualine tanks, I don't want a rear side tank (CJ or others) because they're not compatable with my Jesse racks and these two tanks from South Africa don't need separate venting though I can't figure out how they fill...

All I want is an extra 8-10 liters of fuel.

best option is a GIT bash plate, Its what I use, it has a tool compartment at the front, I replaced the bolts that hold it in place with a pair of 8mm wing bolts so I need no tools to drop the bash plate and can get to the tools, I use a plastic pouch with a waterproof zip to put the tools in and it works just fine. I am happy to put up with the tools in the bash plate for the additional 2 gallons of fuel.


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