My question exactly
Originally Posted by Dingo
Just one question! Why do you need to carry so much water?? FYI, The suspension on the 1200GSA is crap so you want to keep the bike as light as possible. Remember that you already have over 30 lts of fuel. But if you use it only on the tar then it may hold up for you?
Where are you going?
Lets say 45 litres of petrol gets you 300 miles (thats 30 mpg, which would be amazing off road with 20+ kg of water and 45 kg of fuel plus all your other stuff). If you headed straight into the Sahara and broke down half way to your fuel stop you'd have 150 miles to walk. 150 miles at 3 mph (going some with a 25 kg pack) takes 50 hours or 6 days. 20 litres of water at 7 litres a day means 3 days with enough to drink, then 3 without. You'd still live or die depending how fit you were. I'd also suggest that doing this (theoretical) journey alone would be pretty insane. If you work on the theory of a 75 mile walk you only need 15 litres as for the last few hours you can go without. If you were on a highway and can get say 200 miles from a petrol station surely another vehicle will come along before you use even 5 litres and the road builders will put phones every 25 miles at least?
Did I get the maths wrong? I very much doubt that there are many places you can get on a bike that someone won't pass by in a couple of days unless you are deliberately heading for a remote spot?
If you are thinking local supplies may not agree with your stomach, water purification kit is a lot lighter than water and the cost of buying bottled water is less than the petrol/suspension parts used in carry it.
I'd keep 10 litres for domestic use, buy as much bottled water as I could drink at each petrol stop and keep the weight down to avoid having to walk. I run a 10 litre (plastic) jerry can of water in the chair, a 2 litre bladder (for two) on the rack and maybe the dregs of an unused plastic bottle bungeed on the rack. The bog standard 1 or 1.5 litre plastics water can be bought in are surprisingly tough BTW.