I think you're right saying squat ones are better. I was trying to avoid using them as they'd stick out more than flat ones, but after careful measurement I found the upright variety will not fit on the front of the bike without a) covering the finned part of the engine or b) sitting high and wide on either side of the tank.
I got my girlfriend's cheapo green plastic 5lt container and measured it against space on the bike. Hey presto, it fits:
- on either side of the engine without covering the fins or fouling the gear/brake levers or front wheel at max compression (lengthways down the bike)
- under the pillion footrests without going below the level of the bashplate
- above the pillion footrests (without pillion, of course)
And, when empty, they will fit on the pillion seat, on top of panniers/top-box and as tank saddlebags.
Most importantly, having fuel and water containers the same size means the weight can be distributed forward/back as needed. Neat. Will have to change my existing plans for the engine guards.
Had a look at Bevan's site - pretty cool. I recognise the Kiwi guy on the blue & white BMW from last year's HU meeting. Looks like Bevan's got a 10lt jerrycan mounted beside the engine. Must have worked as he didn't report any overheating and went through some pretty hot places, however it also looks like it would stick out in the wind quite a bit.
Will post pics when I've finally got it done. Picked up the dies for my tube-bender this week, hopefully will have to together and working in time to put some stuff together for the HU meeting.
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