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    Cool Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I have a long tour coming up. Part of the ride will be beyond the maximum range of my Spyder. I'll be near (Area 51) in the desert north of Las Vegas.
    I believe I will need to carry 1+ gals of extra gas. I'm considering using a couple of big Aluminum water bottles mounted on
    my left side passenger foot board. I ride solo so the foot board space is available.
    Any thoughts or ideas ??
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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I will sometimes use MSR fuel bottles, they are are 30oz. and other times I will use a 1.25 gallon red gas can from Walmart that is mounted in a homemade aluminum rack, bolted to a rear foot peg Click image for larger version. 

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    Here is a picture of one I put on my wife's 650
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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I have carried a REDA gas can or a couple of MSR bottles.

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    just another Saddle Tramp Dusty Boots's Avatar
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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I'd get maybe a couple of the 1.25 gal gas cans that Bob shows and use a couple of Rok Straps to hold them secure to the passenger floor boards
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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I always carry an MSR bottle on my trips. I haven't had to use it yet, but I've come too close for comfort. Better safe than stranded.

    Let me calmly note:

    1) It's not safe. Water bottles are meant to carry water. It's possible that over time, the plastic caps may deform and leak from exposure to the fuel, and they may not stand up to the extra pressure...Gasoline expands when it gets warmed up...water doesn't.
    2) It's illegal. Especially when riding though tunnels, etc..

    I once took a long trip on a scooter (yes, a scooter) with a small plastic gas can secured to the floorboards. It was a bit awkward because it obstructed the step-through design, but it worked. It'll do for a one-off, but I eventually replaced it with a holder for and MSR bottle.
    Transporting a Molotov cocktail between my legs wasn't my happy thought, so I worked out a better system.

    My two cents.
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    Cool Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    Thanks to all who replied.
    I like the ideas for MSR bottles and the Small red fuel can, especially the mounting rack.
    Looks like I need to go shopping.

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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I would start here:

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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I'm with Deb, I use a REDA container, stored in a side bag. It is molded with an angled side and matches the angled end of my side bag. Plus the unit is very sturdy and has never leaked. I have never needed to use it but have used it for other bikers. I only carry it on longer trips and do not use it around town.


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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    I have a new unused REDA fuel container I would sell ... P M me if your interested...


    I've done so much with so little for so long ... Now I can do nearly anything with almost nothing.


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    Re: Do you carry extra gas while touring?

    My 1st post but why don't you go to Lowes or HD to the lawn section and get
    one of the 4cyl cans of fuel not the 2cyl this is stabilized fuel so will not go bad
    about $7..Glenn

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