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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 30-Jun-2010, 08:48 AM (575) Thread Starter
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Aux. Fuel For Alaska Trip

This is what I came up with so I can carry an extra 4 gallons.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 30-Jun-2010, 11:10 AM (674)
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You'll probably need the fuel to compensate for the reduced mileage from those un-aerodynamic sails! Seriously, while that's an innovative approach, it seems that something more streamlined would be better.
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You'll probably need the fuel to compensate for the reduced mileage from those un-aerodynamic sails! Seriously, while that's an innovative approach, it seems that something more streamlined would be better.
They don't stick out much farther than the luggage, and I can ride with them empty until I get up north where the gas stations are farther apart. I can also rotate it so the flat edge sticking out is toward the frame, which will help. I thought about going with stacking two 1 gallon cans, but it would be too far forward and it would poke into the back of my leg and the 1 and 2 gallon are the same width. Besides, if I was going for streamline, I wouldn't be riding a GS.

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Fuel Cans worked great. Still got between 40 and 43mpg. Did not feel awkward or unbalanced.

Dalton Highway just north of Atigun Pass.
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Looks like you're having a good trip!! Nice pics!!!

Even though i'm late for this, i thaught i'd share it anyway! It looks like HB engine bars that you have on your bike. I had an 08 GS also with the HB engine and fairing bars! I was going to buy the same gas containers and install them on the fairing bars on each side! I upgrade to an 09 GSA, so i didn't follow through with the idea. Thaught i'd share it with you in case you stay with the GS, this way it would take some weight off the saddle bags! Those containers looks like they could take a decent hit in case of a tip over too!
By the way my 08 was Namibia Orange also, man i miss that color!

Have a good Safe trip!
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After writing the previous message, i look at your pics again and realise that the container are mounted where the rear footpegs were! That would be better than the bars!!!!!
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After writing the previous message, i look at your pics again and realise that the container are mounted where the rear footpegs were! That would be better than the bars!!!!!
You are correct, they are in place of rear footpegs. Thanks, it was a great trip, I'm already home. I did have a tip over in Jasper Alberta, I pulled in to buy gas and some how tipped over at 0 mph, I was able to let it down gently and it landed on my fuel bracket. There was no damage, it saved my side cases.
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-Sep-2010, 08:14 PM (051)
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Aux Fuel Mounting

Any chance you can snap a few pix of the mounting for the aux tanks? I would like to see how you used the pax foot peg mounting.

I'm planning on the trip to AK next summer and this looks like a great idea. Did you need to use the aux fuel at all?

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Any chance you can snap a few pix of the mounting for the aux tanks? I would like to see how you used the pax foot peg mounting.

I'm planning on the trip to AK next summer and this looks like a great idea. Did you need to use the aux fuel at all?

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I didn't get these from RotoPax, I designed and made the brackets. The only things I bought from RotoPax were two fuel packs
(2Gallons each) and 2 locking mechanisms keyed alike.

Yes, you will need extra fuel, as once you get north of Prince George gas can be hit and miss. We got lucky and many of the mom and pop places were open, but you can't count on that. Talking to the local motorcycle riders, they have a practice to buy gas whenever they can because you don't know if the next place will be open. From Fairbanks to Coldfoot is about 260 miles and between Coldfoot and Deadhorse is another 250 or so with absolutely nothing in between. I made two identical pairs if you are interested.

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