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Extra Gas Can for Touring

Anybody use this thing? Any thoughts?

http://www.rotopax.com/1-Gallon-Gaso...ack-Mount.html
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Very interesting. I've never been that far away from gas, since the V has a range of about 250 miles. Still, seems quite handy if you go way way off the grid.
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I have the mount, and carry 2 of the larger ones on my ATV for longer trips.
So does my pal I ride with a lot.
He often carries 3, 2 with gas, and 1 with water.
They are tough, easy to remove when wanted, but stay in place while moving.
Mine lay flat on the rear rack, and I pack stuff on top of them without problems.

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I have a one gallon Rotopax and have used it several times. Generally I carry it inside my right pannier, if I'm on a long run, fully loaded, I attach it to my Caribou top box.
One extra gallon may not be enough, last month I managed to run out of gas in Chile, could have used another gallon.

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I can't imagine you would need a longer range than a couple hundred miles for the continental US. For a guy like Gary in SA then yes, mandatory.

It's a good product, very popular for the adventure rider guys. Do a search on google with this sintax and you'll find everything you wanted to know:
[site:advrider.com rotopax]

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As I followed the link I was thinking..."doesn't that guy whose riding around South America use these?" Imagine my relief to know that I wasn't losing it when I read Gary's post. Anyway, I was thinking of trip to Alaska and wondered if these wouldn't be a bad idea. Thanks for the link.
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As I followed the link I was thinking..."doesn't that guy whose riding around South America use these?" Imagine my relief to know that I wasn't losing it when I read Gary's post. Anyway, I was thinking of trip to Alaska and wondered if these wouldn't be a bad idea. Thanks for the link.
Extra fuel is for sure a bonus in Alaska unless you like long walks.
I am going to Alaska in summer 2012, and carrying extra gas for sure.

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I can't imagine you would need a longer range than a couple hundred miles for the continental US. For a guy like Gary in SA then yes, mandatory.

It's a good product, very popular for the adventure rider guys. Do a search on google with this sintax and you'll find everything you wanted to know:
[site:advrider.com rotopax]
I guess you have never been to West Virginia. There are plenty of times in the continental U.S that you would need extra gas and even more then a extra gal at least on the East coast. Im headed for Alaska this summer so Im setting up the bike for that trip but extra gas was on my list even for touring in NVA and WVA.

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Extra fuel is for sure a bonus in Alaska unless you like long walks.
I am going to Alaska in summer 2012, and carrying extra gas for sure.
there is a guy on fleabay right now selling them for 75 bucks shipped thats even cheaper then with a discount from ADV rider.com. I just ordered one.

Heres a link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT

If you want to go direct to the factory heres a discount code: coupon code "advrider" That will save you about 10 bucks but with shipping its still 80.

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As I followed the link I was thinking..."doesn't that guy whose riding around South America use these?" Imagine my relief to know that I wasn't losing it when I read Gary's post. Anyway, I was thinking of trip to Alaska and wondered if these wouldn't be a bad idea. Thanks for the link.
I don't think you'd need them for Alaska, but MAYBE on the Dempster to Inuvik, as it's 365 kms between gas stops, and a 250 mile range on the "V" equates to 405 kms. I carried a 1 gallon gas can up there for my camp stove and "emergency" use. (Incidentally, I believe my V will go almost 300 miles to tank dry.)

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Ive never gotten 300 miles on a tank and as a mater of fact when I paid attention with the bike fully loaded I was getting under 250. With that said Ive come close more then a couple of time in West Virginia to running out. Throw in getting lost and or just needing extra for your cook stove and emergency use kind of seals the deal for me as far as needing to carry an extra can this summer when I head up to AK.
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When I went up to the Yukon I brought gas never needed it. I just strapped them on the passenger footpegs with a rachet strap. Never moved an inch.
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Alaska, OK. But West Virginia? I've crossed the entire state of West Virginia on one tank of gas and I passed a few gas stations along the way. There are certain 50-mile stretches on a Sunday that might be dry, but you don't start those rides with a nearly empty tank.

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You could buy like 10 of those regular 1 gallon cans for the price of that thing...


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You could buy like 10 of those regular 1 gallon cans for the price of that thing...
Sure if you dont mind it leaking all over everything.
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I have the mount, and carry 2 of the larger ones on my ATV for longer trips.
So does my pal I ride with a lot.
He often carries 3, 2 with gas, and 1 with water.
They are tough, easy to remove when wanted, but stay in place while moving.
Mine lay flat on the rear rack, and I pack stuff on top of them without problems.
Arewe, does any gas weep out at all with vibration? I'm thinking of putting one in a saddle bag next to my rain gear. What do you think?
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Arewe, does any gas weep out at all with vibration? I'm thinking of putting one in a saddle bag next to my rain gear. What do you think?


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Sure if you dont mind it leaking all over everything.
If you have that issue, which I never have, I'd imagine a few rubber gaskets would help.


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anyone who thinks they can tour the backcountry of the west and north on a 5 gallon main tank is in for a surprise, maybe a costly surprise.

the more miles you spend out there, you eventually come across about every scenario you could dream up regarding fuel, or the lack of fuel. stations out of business, stations taken private, closed for the day, closed at 5pm, station open, but no attendant to turn on the pump, tanks dry, tanks contaminated, power outage, pumps being replaced, tanks being replaced, ....whatever, i've seen it all.

then there's range. 200? 250? run 80mph on a fully loaded bike into those 35mph headwinds and the fuel light comes on at 175. now what? the next one horse town that maybe has fuel is 50 miles down the road.

so in general, you don't ride by fuel, and remember, just because there's a dot on the map with the name of a town, it doesn't always mean there's fuel.
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