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Old 28 Jun 2006
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Question acerbis fuel tank for the dakar

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does anyone have any knowledge regarding the acerbis fuel tank for the dakar? riding experience, value for money...

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big tanks

I put an Acerbis on my bike. I compared every possible way of carrying extra fuel and all brands of tanks. The acerbis was the best value. I've never had a problem with it.
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Unless they have just recently added an option, Acerbis only makes tanks for the pre 2001, non fuel injected bikes. If you have a Dakar version, your only option is Touratech, or jerry cans.
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If it's for the old 2-valve flat twin no problem, except for the space for the dipstick. The centre of gravity is much better, as the tank goes lower than the standard tank. The tank sold by Touratech (and HPN) is in fact the Acerbis tank. I fitted an Acerbis tank and am happy with it except for the probs to check the oil. Some guys manage to do it with the tank in place, but it seems as if most people have to remove their tank to ckeck and/or fill up the engine oil :-(

You might have to work on the fairings to make them fit, as the tank bulges out considerably.

As for the 650 Dakar, to my knowledge you only get additional tank volume at Touratech.
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Yes, to be clear - I was talking about the F650 model.
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thanks

thank you all.

well i am waiting for a reply from acerbis regarding the fuel tank, cause i saw in their web site that there is a tank for the 650 but the information was not clear, so i am waiting for the answer from them, will let you know what the results are....
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well thats was a nice try but the answer is no! well i think we shell go for the jerycans... the tt is to much money for us...
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Hi Guys

The TT tank is abit extreme $$$ and from what i can gather not entierly worth it.

Stupid question, but where do you put a jerry can???? I assume we all talking about standard metal 20l jerry? Its big and awkward shape?

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Large fuel tank

I have a large fuel tank on my old R100 GS BMW (40 ltr). It looks pritty mucho however I have never needed the extra capacity and have just riden from London to Tokyo through Russia, Mongolia and Kazakhstan and never been close to running out of fuel. My wife rode her R80 with the standard 19 ltr tank.

Small jerry cans are the go however there are not many places left in the world which don't have fuel services every 200 km's. Which countries don't have motor vehicles. Please everyone don't send me a list of places, I sure that there are some however how you must ask yourself am I going to tide there.

A larger tank just adds weight and causes more problems in performance, maintenance, handling, etc Save your money


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big tanks rock and huge tanks are even better!

on the one hand, I'm pleased to hear you can get to Tokyo on 19 litres cos I was thinking of riding my ZX6R there just to completely stuff it up

on the other hand, I've frequently needed more than 30 litres cos I like going places where the only fuel dumps are ones we've arranged.

FWIW, having had 43 litre main + 2 x 10 litre jerries on an XR650L and 29 litre main + 13 litre auxillary + 8 litre fuel bag on an XR650R, my next long-range bike will probably be an F650GS with TT tanks: 39 litres and 25kpl - great!
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I didnt know that acerbis made a tank for the 650gs.
Touratech does and it costs a small fortune.
HPN/TOURATECH use the acerbis tank for the bmw R80-R100
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you can also get 5l jerrycans... to solve the oil checking palava on a aircooled gs, chop your dipstick off and make up a bendy one that you carry seperate.
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Lightbulb Touratech tanks

are fitted on my 2002 GS dakar
1- they are made by ELKAMET
2- they sustained a big tarmac slide (60mph on a loaded bike) and did not puncture
3- they give me an additional 22 litres
4- perfect balanced on the bike - not to be sneezed at when off road....
5- fuel is gravity fed into main tank
6- Reserve 'keeps' 2 litres each side - effectively giving you another 60 miles or so is you 'forget' you have reserve and run out.


Elkamet tanks are the best solution (albeit at a price). A jerry can could come loose, would be badly located weight-wise, take up too much room too not to mention the can would be very 'borrow-able'....... but hey, it's the cheapest alternative!!
Touratech don't actually make the Elkamet tanks but they sell them.And as for 'no need as I read.....only you can decide but I was very glad to have them when I could not find any petrol for 810 Kms....

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I can not agree more with Ken Butler - and of 'coz' disagree with some others!! Also a genuine 5 liter jerry available these days - and fit nicely besides a std 19 liter R80GS tank in any kind of home made rack. The prices on those tanks from Acerbis/Elkamet/HPN etc is too expensive - rather spend it on your trip!!

There are no need for too big a tank on a Dakar - very fuel efficient with the fuel injection. Yes, only TT wil do a double sided tank on the Dakar.

I toured the whole of Namabia on a XTZ660 (20 l main) and only used one 5 liter jerry when in the remote North-Western (Kaokoland) parts.
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