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Offline AdventureBoy

Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:36:17 pm »
There has been a bit of discussion about the fact that the Africa Twin's tank capacity may be a little bit smaller than ideal. In my opinion another 2 litres would have given you a range (at respectable speeds) of about 400km.

For the last two days I have been riding mine with the fuel warning light on. When I left for the office on Friday I had 1.3 litres and about 28 KM range. The office is about 19 Km. Just before William Nichol the bike starts to splutter (after about 10km) and I head for the off ramp. On the off ramp my 1 litre remaining suddenly goes to --- as does the estimated range.  I get to the BP and fill up with 19.042 litres, the most I have ever put in the bike.

I think the specs say its 18.7, but you can normally fit a bit more than the specs say. Any owners who have filled from empty, and how much did you put in?
 

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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 08:01:20 am »
I use my credit card to fill up so I get eBucks too so I never push mine too far

On reserve I never had to put in much more than 16 litres and have managed to do 300km on that

However my CS sprocket is a 15 so probably I didnít really do 300, probably 260km
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 09:14:25 am »
I really want to install this but so expensive at R7.5k - Extra 6.5L
(Gravtity fed, no extra pumps)

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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 11:13:40 am »
With 50 kmís to go according to the computer, I fill up with 16l on the dot commuting, and 380km done. That is 400km+ range stock standard gearing, with a few other farkels. Good enough for me.
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 04:41:13 pm »
Agreed, 21lt would have been perfect, I have once put in 18.5lt with 20km remaining ... so I trust the thank capacity more than the pump metering system and I was in the family (Trek) petrol business 100 years ago in Paarden Eiland- you will be surprised how inaccurate those readings can be.

But Honda knew this from the get-go and that is why we have the Adventure out soon.

 
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 05:09:04 pm »
I have the XRV 750 that has a much larger tank but I doubt that you would travel a whole lot further than what is being achieved with the New AT.

However I do have a 42litre tank for longer distances between refills.  :thumleft:
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 07:59:13 pm »
I guess its also a balance between weight and distance. A 42 litre tank must add significantly to the weight of the bike. Nice if you can use it when you need the extra distance and are all loaded up anyway.
 
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 08:46:57 am »
I really want to install this but so expensive at R7.5k - Extra 6.5L
(Gravtity fed, no extra pumps)



Hi Schalk. I looked at the various option of carrying additional fuel. I finally settled on the Camel Tank. Yes it is pricey, but what I like about it in that you don't have to keep it filled. Only fill it when you need it and only put in as much as you think you will need. I have used mine quite a lot. Sometimes I will put in 6.4 L and other times on 3 L. It just gives you more options.
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Re: Tank Capacity on Africa Twin
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 04:23:45 pm »
I really want to install this but so expensive at R7.5k - Extra 6.5L
(Gravtity fed, no extra pumps)

SchalkL. how is that Tractionater ADV tyre doing? I have bought one but have not fitted it yet,  is yours the 150 or 140?
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