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Giant Loop Motorcycle Saddlebags & Motorcycle Tank Bags: Panniers, Soft Luggage for Adventure & Sport Touring

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Fuel Bottles....whats available?

I have used a Sigg fuel bottle for carrying meths for cooking but are similar bottles recommended for carrying extra fuel?

I was after something which carries somewhere between the 1L sigg bottle and a 5L plastic gerry can.

Just for emergencies really. the tank on my bike is only good for between 120-140 miles depending on the terrain, and no one has 'invented' bigger tanks for it yet!

by the way this is only for light european touring, not a round the world adventure! i only have soft luggage to so nothing that need bolting to the filing cabinet style panniers!!!

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Primus sell 1.5L aluminium fuel bottles, similar to the sigg bottle. I found some for sale on ebay, £12 if I remember right. Another option would be a 2L plastic jerry can. Touratech sell one, for about £15 I think. Fortunately Hein Gericke also stock the same can and only charge about £8.
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Fortunately Hein Gericke also stock the same can and only charge about £8.
I've had a look at Gericke's website and can't see them. What are they listed as ?. I've tried searching petrol can, fuel bottle, etc. but nothing comes up.
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Primus fuel bottlers ...

.... you might want to check out Sierra Trading Post in the States, here is the direct link, even though they presently got only the small "version":

Search: primus at Sierra Trading Post

They got a 20% deiscount sale going on right now, might be worth it. And while you're there check out the other stuff they got. Great outdoor gear, I got a Hein Gericke MC jacket for my g.f. as a Christmas present - the price was excellent!

And - NO - I am (still) not connected to this company, just trying to help other bikers to get good quality stuff at a good price!

Take care and safe riding!!
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Fuel Can

Big Yellow Tractor, you're being too "reserved" in your search, think harder. Article number 37161000000. Linzi
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What happens if you use a simple plastic water bottle ?
I know folk that have used them for a days trail riding but don't know about long term.
I'm sure they're not recommended but unsure as to why.
Does the petrol rot the plastic ?
Is the seal problematic ?
Just wondered really, thank you.
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Hi Hustler, the usual 2l water bottles are far too weak, and leaked petrol stinks on gear. The bottom of the bottle is very prone to leak. They're made to use once and throw away. No idea about chemical reaction though. Maybe even, any reaction could sludge up the engine! Just a thought. Linzi.
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Hi Hustler, the usual 2l water bottles are far too weak, and leaked petrol stinks on gear. The bottom of the bottle is very prone to leak. They're made to use once and throw away. No idea about chemical reaction though. Maybe even, any reaction could sludge up the engine! Just a thought. Linzi.
OK Linzi, good point, that's a no then.
What about the containers you buy oil in, they seem quite sturdy ?
They certainly come in 1 litre and 4 litre sizes and probably others too.
So after using the oil for an oil change a useful petrol container ?
Wash them out first of course.
But there again, for the amount of money we're saving here, probably better off going to Touratech or Hein Gericke.
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I'm only a member of public but sounds like a good idea, if you get a seal ring for it. Take care to label it too. Petrol in the sump---Linzi.

During the 2WW my dad was in North Africa with Indian troops. The column was hit from the air and the Indians all sat around watching the burning trucks! Dad shouted and, grabbing a fire extinguisher marked as such, sprayed the oil it contained on the flames! They used the oil to stop the leaf springs stop squeaking!
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What about the containers you buy oil in, they seem quite sturdy ?
They certainly come in 1 litre and 4 litre sizes and probably others too.
So after using the oil for an oil change a useful petrol container ?
Wash them out first of course
I wouldn't bother washing them out. A little bit of engine oil in your petrol isn't going to hurt anything.
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Hi take a look on eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

Type in touratech as search word.

Fuel chassis, 2l tanks and 1l bottles available - bit more expensive than HG cheaper than Touratech with their postage.

Available from the UK - Delivery to your address 24hrs - 36hrs.

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This is of course a shameless plug for your own products .
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is it worth all this to have only an extra 2ltrs of fuel? where are you going in europe you cant get fuel every 120mi?

if youre desperate bungy a 5ltr greeny on the back seat inside a binliner, but dont put a couple of lovely shiny sigg bottles in a pretty rack on your panniers with "steal me" written all over them.
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is it worth all this to have only an extra 2ltrs of fuel? where are you going in europe you cant get fuel every 120mi?
Try.... rural France, on a Sunday, without a French bank card.

Have you looked at the fuel packs made for quads/atvs? Kolpin do one which is 12" x 13" x 3.5" and holds 1.25 gallons.



They also do a water pack as well, for anyone who likes a drink en route. More HERE.
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Try.... rural France, on a Sunday, without a French bank card.
been there, done that, waited 1/2hr for the next person to come along and used her card to put 20euros in the bike, giving her the cash equivelent. french folk are quite used to it apparently.

but since then i have made sure my cards work over there, i have used nationwide visa debit and marbles mastercard this year in france and spain no problems.
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you may want to consider a 'soft' option from a cpny called liquid containment in Oz.
They do 'pillow' shaped fuel and water containers of various sizes
An email (about a month old) from Paul said:
"The tanks are AU$160.00 plus freight for the 8,10 and 12 litre tanks. Freight is about $35.00 AU"
I've pm'ed you.
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