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Jeery Can Size??

I have a small tank on my bike, and I figured I will requiring to carry jerry cans at some points on my trip.

Does anyone one know what the dimensions are for a 5L jerry can?
So I can make provisions for them on my bike.

The areas I will require jerry cans are Mongolia and Russia.
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A 20 L jerrycan is 50 cm high, 35 cm long, and 15 cm wide.
A 10 L jerrycan is 25 cm high, 35 cm long, and 15 cm wide.
A 5L jerrycan is 25 cm high, ~25 cm long and 15 cm wide.
Look under Wedco NATO Jerrycans and Spouts Water Fuel Moulded Products - Expedition Exchange Incorporated for some good pictures.

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Running a ruler quickly over my 5L jerrycans came up with 30cm tall (to top of handle), 23.5cm wide and 11.5cm thick - pretty close to Charlie's measurements
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Same dimensions 5lts are the way to go if your on a bike a great compromise on size and fuel carried, plus one each side is good for the balance. They are also CHEAP so you can actually trade them for odds and ends from the locals while on your trip.

I must say tho (forgive my pimping) fill the jerry cans from the pumps and then filter it from there into your tank, believe me it will save you a world of trouble sometime down the road, just read any of the last 2 months threads that start Bike not running well, and then read how many replies start with bad fuel, or clogged fuel filter.

I use a 'Mr. Funnel' hope thats of help to someone someday somewhere
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fuel impurities

My personal experience (Round The World 2006) of filling up from rather 'outback' filling stations was no issues with fuel quality. These stations were from Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia - all no problems.

I will admit i have never checked my fuel tank (to see what is in the bottom) since returning - but (touch wood), she has never missfired or not started!!

Here is the fuel filter - Round The World fuel filter - ::. UKGS'er.com .::
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The reason i need to know the size, is so i can allow to carry extra fuel at times.

My bike only holds 9.7 L and i have heard that in Mongolia and Russia, there are time where i need to go 400km between fuel stations.

Is this ture?
Are the sizes people quoting, are they for Mongolia and Russia?
Do they have diffferent sizes or different types??
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Maximondo: If you stay on the main tracks in Mongolia the maximum you will have to go without fuel stops 200-250 km. Usually even less. You may not be able to find a "real" petrol station, but there will always be small settlements where you can buy gas. The Mongolians use the same word for Petrol as in Russian: benzene.

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If you go between the big towns in Mongolia, you can expect about a 450km distance between towns and 92 octane...smaller towns have gas but lower octane level...80...200km apart as Scott mentioned.

Russia...where in Russia specifically are you travelling? Eastern between Ulan Ude and Khabarovsk? Every 200km MAX...you'll find a gas station serving up 92 octane...

As far as jeri cans...pick up used oil containers such as this...no need to buy a fancy jeri can...

See pics below for jeri cans I used:
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Yes, good point MotoEdde about the fuel quality. It can be a very long way between stations in Mongolia if you need 92 octane. In my post I was referring to "regular" Mongolian fuel: 80 or even 76. My bike (R100 GS) always ran OK even on the really low octane stuff.

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Thanks a lot everyone!

I didnt even think about oild containers. they are actually a good size, specially with that handy handle!

I am just testing my bike on distances with different types of fuel at the moment. I just dont want to be stuck somewhere pushing my bike to the next petrol station! ha.

Im not sure exactly where im riding. I like to get off the beaten track a bit, but we will see how I take it! So far the plan is just to stick to the main roads. Going from east to west Russia with a loop around Mongolia. But im easy... go with the wind!
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oil cans

IMHO, you might want to test 'petrol in oil containers'....unless you can keep them upright, they tend to leak.

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IMHO, you might want to test 'petrol in oil containers'....unless you can keep them upright, they tend to leak.

Mark
What do you mean leak?

From the cap or elsewhere?

Cap leaks are not that big of a deal and a simple solution like plastic, etc. to tighten the space works well. Elsewhere is a bigger issue...

I used oil cans of 4/5 liters successfully and many locals in these parts do as well...there are other things worth sweating like Libyan visas!
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