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JERRYCAN WITH FASTENERS

Simple question really looling to attach a 5 litre gerry can to my alu luggage, plastic or metal? Also want to buy fasteners for same. I know u know what i want. Where can I locate same on internet. No joy(surprisingly) with Touratech. Thanks
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There has been a bit of discussion about the plastic/metal jerry issue on the HUBB, a search should reveal all.

Summary of other people's wisdom:

Metal - very robust, can be stored on side, don't leak, heavy even when empty (Wunderlich do a cute 5lt one)

Plastic - most leak espcially on bikes (vibration), can puncture in a fall, cheap and light

Not sure about the fasteners.

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The Dutch company E.V.A. (www.evamotor.nl)caters for motorcycle travelers and makes a selection of lovely equipment including racks with a 20 Ltr. jerry can either side. Poke around their site under BMW 650. You may wish to use a similar arrangement. As an aside, I've often wondered about using jerry cans for panniers. You could cut the top off and convert it to a lid. It's cheap, tough, and exactly 20 litres worth!

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Only used jerrycans once - cheap plastic 10 litre jobs bought for two dollars in the market at Uyuni and thrown away in San Pedro. Someone else said it - if you're going somewhere where you need jerry cans, you'll be able to buy them there. A plastic shopping bag underneath the cap stops the leaks. Neither bungys nor straps are particularly good for holding them on while riding on rough surfaces, but still do the job as long as one checks to see if they're still there. Custom ones are nice, but surely rank pretty low on the cost:usefulness ratio?

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James has a good point, however, for those who do want/need to carry extra fuel another alternative might be the rectangular, plastic tanks used in small boats that have an outboad engine. Not only are they made for fuel and are very tough, but are in a great shape for mounting on a rear carrier. They are generally fairly low profile. You can get 10 or 20 litres capacity. If you wanted to get really keen, you could plumb it in to the bike's fuel lines quite easily. Also, Acerbis do plastic jerry cans with 2 mounting holes moulded through them which would ease mounting. Personally, I wouldn't carry extra fuel containers but would prefer to have a larger fuel tank. It's easier.
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Frank Warner, a BMW rider in Australia, has a page devoted to making (cheap) panniers out of 20 Ltr plastic jerry cans. Click on http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/...s/pannier.html
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