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Offline wobbler

690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« on: December 28, 2020, 06:41:56 pm »
Extra fuel carrying options on the 690 seem to be:

a) rally type setup with a small aux tank on the left and right side - like Omega setup
b) under seat options - Rade - limited capacity
c) single aftermarket tank - Safari etc.

For those that have gone down this route, could you please share your decision making process and what you subsequently experience was living with your choice.

I lean towards a Safari style tank. I think its going to be a more robust option than the Omega, and not change the bikes characteristics too much.
Rade/ under seat options imho are not sufficient capacity, but perfect for not affecting the handling much.

This just looks right!

 

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2020, 06:10:45 am »
First off and cheapest is a 5l desert fox bladder, used one for a while and it works surprisingly well but attaching it to the bike when full is a little sketchy and 5l isn't all that much , next is the pioneer plastic / rotopax tanks attached to a luggage rack  like the toys to go system this was my go to for many years and served me very well but there are some disadvantages like having all your weight at the back and it forces you to pack your luggage high on the bike making it tough to swing a leg over and lift the bike after spills and having to carry a clean funnel for roadside refills. next I went for the rade tank this is pretty sweet as you get a washable air filter setup with is and it doesn't take up any more space on the bike disadvantages are limited capacity, having to remove the seat to refuel and the air filter is quite small so you really need to be on top of your maintenance and carry cleaning equipment for long trips lastly we come to my current setup which I think is the muts nuts. I managed to get a great WD deal on second hand rally raid evo 1 front fuel tanks these give me around 11 liters of hard plumbed fuel, all tanks have valves allowing me to use them one at a time so that if I damage a fuel line I done lose everything and get stranded I also still have the rade tank installed that I have washed out (many times) and this is used to carry water so I have around 23 liters of fuel and 6l of water evenly distributed around the bike and the profile has hardly changed it's just a little wider when I have my weight all the way forward and because the luggage rack is now free I am able to use proper soft panniers which again keeps the weight nice and low. The bike now handles like a dream and carries enough fuel and water for multiple days riding and wild camping and if I need more I can strap on a desert fox bladder which will give me a range of almost 500km of hard offroad riding. The only thing I would still like is the rade garage bashplate with the tool storage built in which will let me keep my heavy tools nice and low. Righto there's my take on fuel if you want any pics just send me your number or if you in the cape come around for a beer
 
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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2020, 11:31:11 am »
Thanks for the comprehensive answer.
The rade tank as a water storage solution is great.
 

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 03:18:51 pm »
The rade tank as a water storage solution is great.

Mind you, one could perhaps make instant coffee with it.... it will get hot!
When it's hot and when the going gets slow boiling fuel is not unheard of, same like with the 790 btw.
But, a good idea indeed  :thumleft:
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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2020, 03:48:56 pm »

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Mind you, one could perhaps make instant coffee with it.... it will get hot!
When it's hot and when the going gets slow boiling fuel is not unheard of, same like with the 790 btw.
But, a good idea indeed  :thumleft:
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 :laughing4: True, but a coffee or tea stop is then taken care of!  :P
 

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2020, 10:22:21 am »
Only issue is that when it gets warm and sits in there a few days the.petrol smell leaches out of the plastic so I generally empty and re fill is every day or two or when I know I'm going to be out in the sticks
 

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2020, 03:24:17 pm »
go get a 5 L gerry can from makro, the proper steal one with the proper seal lid , strap it to the back of the bike and now you can do 320Km on the bike no problem and all that for the great sum of R300,00
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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2020, 06:31:06 pm »
Geopat covered it nicely.

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2020, 06:45:19 pm »
Here is my 690 Set up and its a metal can so no smells no leaks and can take a knock if I drop the bike , and they come with a filler that clips to the can.
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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2020, 06:51:40 pm »
My thinking:When you add all this weight to the 690 you are losing the benefit of why you bought the bike.Why not trailer the bike to the areas you want to ride(like an mx bike)then just carry a 3lt safari fuel cell for that extra distance.Outside of this.Buy one of the middle weight modern bikes for touring and use the 690 for specialist fun.

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2020, 07:26:41 pm »
My thinking:When you add all this weight to the 690 you are losing the benefit of why you bought the bike.Why not trailer the bike to the areas you want to ride(like an mx bike)then just carry a 3lt safari fuel cell for that extra distance.Outside of this.Buy one of the middle weight modern bikes for touring and use the 690 for specialist fun.

Just an idea.

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Re: 690 Extra fuel storage - what did you choose and why?
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2021, 08:43:36 am »
For me personally, given the reason why I bought a light single, I would opt. for a collapsible tank bag with a fuel bladder in it. Ride far enough to empty the bladder into the tank, roll up the bladder inside the collapsible tank bag and I'm back to my super light and nimble bike for the trail.

Failing that I'd prefer a good simple fixed long range tank option as some aftermarket rally kits vibrate themselves to death unfortunately. BUT they do look cool.

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