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Touratech 2 litre canister

Since I am not happy with the limited fuel capacity of my GoldWing GL1200 for long trips, I think about buying two 2 litre canisters with Touratech canister holders to fit them on both sides of my topcase.
Because of the overall weight of the GoldWing itself I think the extra 4 kilo on the back would not make much difference but give me some peace of mind on long trips with not so many gasstations.

Has anyone experience with the quality of those Touratech canisters when used for carrying petrol ? At night at a campsite I think I'll store them in my locked topcase but I hope my topcase will not smell after that because I usualy store my food for " on the road" in my topcase too.
Is there a better solution to get more fuel capacity on the GoldWing ? (and I don't consider buying another bike, I am in love with GoldWings for almost 20 years now).
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Hi,

They are quite good actually and you can buy the actual can from Hein Gericke for £6.10 (Sheff.) the metal holders are also quite good but not cheap, and take about 20 mintues each to fit. See here....

MSR Bottle Rack Installation

Just one note of caution DON'T cut the TouraTech straps as they are like little tie downs and the friction of the straps keeps the cannisters in place.

I went for the other route I got (2x) Dual bottle holders and have my Trangia bottles in them. That way I have 4 bottles on the back of my panniers each with 1Lt, mainly for my stove as it burns the same stuff as the bike.

I also carry a 5Lt JerryCan as well as a Mr. Funnel
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If you are only looking for a few more litres how about a plastic petrol can, robust and cheap.

I had a fuel range problem in the Turkmen desert and ended up with about 10 drinks bottles strapped around the bike. Effective but you do feel a bit like you're riding a flying incendiary

p.s msr bottles are the ideal storage for duck tape and jubilee clips - both of which I swear by for on the road repairs
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If you are only looking for a few more litres how about a plastic petrol can, robust and cheap.
I thought about that too but then I have to find a good place on the bike to store a big plastic petrol can instead of two small 2 liter cans that I can mount to my topcase.
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Hi Jan,
If your Gold Wing is a keeper maybe consider an auxiliary fuel tank, safer and more convenient. I don't have any contacts for you but if you do some research on the net you should find something.
Some arrangements can be filled with the main tank and some need to be filled separately.

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The TT holders for the 2L cans aren't bad, but before fastening them to your panniers you have to smooth the sharp ridges at the slots where you insert the straps. Otherwise they get chafed quickly. I've lost one can already that way. Another drwaback is the price...

Why not just take a 5L can and strap it on your topcase with a net like this:
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The bottle mounts are pretty much identical to fire extinguisher mounts. These days all lorries, coaches, buses etc carry extinguishers, usually in this type of mount. No idea where you'd look but there must be a scrap yard somewhere full of the things.

If you're only going to need to carry extra fuel occasionally an alternative option is something like a turtlepack collapsable fuel can
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Has anyone experience with the quality of those Touratech canisters when used for carrying petrol ?
I have heard that they are not really suitable for fuel. The nozzle at the pump is too large to fit the canister. You would need to use a funnel or something to get the fuel in the canister. I am purchasing one next month, but I will use it for oil for an upcoming trip to Alaska!
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Talking one of these is a serious suggestion, can you tell which one?

every time you have a big mac meal keep the waxed paper cup, and keep a cupful of petrol in each of your wings 18 cupholders lol

or, seal up the seam of your topbox, petseal the inside and put a filler cap in the top. pipe it down to the fuel tank and hey presto, instant ironbutt rally contender

or, strap a 5ltr green plastican onto your bike somewhere
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Thanks for all your info and idea's.
I like the idea of using all my cupholders with McDonalds waxed paper cups :-) but strapping a 5L can on my topcase with a net may be the easiest and cheapest solution.
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consider an auxiliary fuel tank, safer and more convenient
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or, seal up the seam of your topbox, petseal the inside and put a filler cap in the top. pipe it down to the fuel tank and hey presto, instant ironbutt rally contender
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A classy GoldWing needs a combination of Steve & Dave's suggestions:

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where's your tow-bar???

dont you have a tow bar. this'll sort you out between stations!
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Acerbis also do auxillary tanks that can be used for water or fuel (the filler neck is the same size as the small KTM filler cap I believe)... they come in two sizes, and are typically shown fitted to the front of dirt bikes (in place of the front number board), but could be secured elsewhere easily enough?

Acerbis Front Auxiliary Fuel Tanks [Acerbis Auxiliary Fuel Tanks] - $69.95 : Just Gas Tanks

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