And a close up…
Here’s another nice feature—you do not have to unbuckle the strap
to remove a bottle when needed. You can simply loosen the strap by
pressing the thumb-release mechanism and pull the bottle straight up.
Once finished filling your motorcycle, you can slide the bottle back
in and pull the straps tight again…
Each bottle holds 33 ounces of fuel. 33 X 4 = 132 ounces, which is
just over a gallon… or another 60 miles of range. Nice.
Now, there has been some comment on the location of the bottles and
getting rear ended. I thought about mounting the racks on top of the
panniers, but that’s where I mount my tent and sleeping pad. I thought
about in the front of the panniers, but I would be kicking them all
the time. I am not going to be carrying them all the time, just when
taking long journeys to places where finding fuel may be an issue… (I
can adjust my awareness of morons trying to rear-end me accordingly).
After a lot of thinking, I decided they were designed to carry fuel.
The bottles seem extremely strong. If I get hit hard enough to damage
them, I think I am going to have more to worry about than a little gas
on the ground.
So that’s it. Much cheaper than the alternative
Touratech 39L Tank Kit.
Time to refuel...
Update: Jun. 17, 2006
After some more thinking and planning, I have decided to switch
things up a bit. I am going to move the fuel bottles to the
front of the panniers and put oil, coolant and water in the back.
Basically, I am going to move the rack on the right side to the
front of the right pannier. In its place I am going to put the
Touratech 2-Liter Can with Spout and the accompanying
Stainless Steel Holder for 2-Liter Can. This can will hold
On the left side (rear) I'm going to put two of the
0.5-liter bottles on the rack that's already there. These bottles
will hold drinking water (though I guess I could put any old bottle
back there to hold coolant... or one of each... whatever).
I also will install one more
Two Bottle Holder on the front left pannier for the other two fuel
My thought is that this setup will be safer with the fuel up
front... and I'll be able to carry water, coolant, and oil when I head
down to Mexico this year... and Prudhoe Bay on the Alaskan North Slope
Parts are on order, so stay tuned...
Update: Jun. 26, 2006
As mentioned above, I decided to put the gas in the front of the
panniers and put oil, coolant and water in the back. Looks like