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Old 13 Nov 2006
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Jerry Cans, legal to carry?

This might be a slightly bone question, but I don't want to get pulled over for something silly.

I ride a DRZ. but obviously it has a pump standard tank range, I only get about 100 miles max from it. I would ideally like an Acerbis 28l tank, but at £350 they are pretty steep.

Would it be legal for me to put two 10 litre jerries on my pannier racks, to give me the extra milage? Added on to the stock tank, that is over 200 miles, for the price of 2 jerries, sounds good in theory to me?

I ride mostly in England, but want to leave our congested shores soon, so don't want to be caught out by foreign laws either.


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I've never heard of a problem. You could conceivably run into a problem in some of the more "nanny states" but unlikely.
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carrying fuel

I have been given to understrand that, in the UK and on a bike, you are only allowed to carry up to 4 litres of petrol and it must be in a metal fuel can properly secured.
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petrol can

I belive a regulation 4L plastic petrol can is ok, I have one that lives in the grannies shopping basket on the front of my c90!
The only problem is that ferry companies take a dim view on them. ( from experience), north sea ferries were quite harsh about mine.
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the draw back of carrying fuel like this is security and safety.
if you crash hard then they may split or get damaged. or get nicked. as stated below, most ferry operators wont allow this sort of thing unless there empty. fire risks and leeks etc, acerbis do a big tank about 3.25 gallons which is the one most drz owners seem to use its around £220 but haggle especially bert harkins. you should be able to get 10% off on a phone order or over £200. i always say im trade and make up a bike shop name and send it to my home address, usually gets you a really good price, it should give you a big enough range for what you need, worst case scenario take a 5 l plastic can aswell, but only fill it when you think you wont make next fuel station.. http://www.bertharkinsracing.com/sho...e=group&ID=236
do you really need 30+ litres of fuel its a lot of weight hanging off the back and rarely will you need that sort of range between fuel stops.

or maybe one of these two trick acerbis tanks http://www.acerbis.com/p150_tank/11250006.html

i always carry a 1l sigg bottle for my stove so i have an extra drop for that worst case senario moment.

ps you should be getting better than 100 mile range on your tank, or is this just the main tank? 7litres?
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its around £220 but haggle especially bert harkins. you should be able to get 10% off on a phone order or over £200. i always say im trade and make up a bike shop name and send it to my home address, usually gets you a really good price,
Good advice, I hadn't though of it. Devious but good! I don't really need a huge tank, just bigger than the poxy 7 litres I am currently blessed with. Granted, it only costs me 6 or 7 quid to fill, but it's not good for more than 100 miles.

In theory I can afford a nice Aquiline or IMS, but there is a huge part of me that screams 'a jerry is a fiver' and '£350 could be a month travelling in asia!'

I belive a regulation 4L plastic petrol can is ok, I have one that lives in the grannies shopping basket on the front of my c90!
Thanks for the info, that's a good start.
So now I can up my range to 11 litres, that is probably good for 140 miles.

Plus the advice about the sig bottle. That's an extra few miles. I am actually such a stingey mofo, that idea has got me thinking about strapping a whole rucksack full of 1ltr sggs to my bike to up capacity!

You could conceivably run into a problem in some of the more "nanny states" but unlikely.
It's England - THE nanny state, I couldn't possibly do something that might be dangerous. FFS they banned some kids bonfires this year, and made them have a video of a fire shown instead. So the local authorities showed a cine-film fire on a sheet hung from rugby posts, but then the H+S people said that was too dangerous and they needed specially contructed scaffolding!

People won't be allowed to even breathe here soon, for fear that it might be dangerous, or offensive to someone else.

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