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Offline alanB

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Safari Tank
« on: February 12, 2012, 07:37:38 pm »
I reluctantly ordered a Safari tank for the Amageza at ruinerous cost, and it arrived last week.

I spent most of Saturday fitting it and went for a 290k ride today.  Here's a pic while I was waiting for TK to fill up at Cullinan.


Its bloody ugly!  The gorgeous nimble Italian princess has become an lumbering Australian donkey :-\

Other cons are:
 1) When the tank's full it tends to push the front wheel in corners or riding gnarly ground so you need to stay awake because instead of riding nimbly around ruts and rocks or cornering tightly etc it tends to just plow onwards.  Maybe its something I'll get used to, but the best feature of the bike is/was its nimble handling! 
2) Front wheel is far more twitchy in thick sand when the tanks full.
3) Did I mention its ugly?
4) Quite a palaver to fit - if you want to do it properly - although its well thought out
5) Cant wash the bike properly because most of it is now encased in the huge tank
6)  EYE WATERINGLY EXPENSIVE
7) Pump doesnt sit right at the very bottom of the tank so you are going to run out with a liter or so still in the tank.

Pro's
1) Double the capacity so I should get about 400k's
2) It holds the weight low down, but quite far forward
3) Ergonomics are good, you dont notice it whilst riding
4) Nice to see how much fuel you have at a glance



« Last Edit: February 12, 2012, 07:41:07 pm by alanB »
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 07:41:53 pm »
How much did it cost landed?
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 07:42:38 pm »
A coloured tank would have  looked much better
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 07:43:45 pm »
I would have gone for the natural one too  :pot:
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 07:57:10 pm »
She sure is ugly.
That trials back tire doesn't help much in the looks department either.

Why are you using it  ???
 

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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 08:01:14 pm »
Sell that tank


and make it look like this:


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« Last Edit: February 12, 2012, 08:02:21 pm by dirtWarp »
 

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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 08:30:51 pm »
How much did it cost landed?

A bit over 8K  :patch:  :dousing:
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2012, 08:34:48 pm »

That trials back tire doesn't help much in the looks department either.

Why are you using it  ???

Read the tyre thread  where I wax lyrical about it -  I'll definitely be getting another it makes riding any sort of dirt real fun :thumleft:

Only dilemma is what to use for trips which include long tar streches.  Still humming and haaing about that choice at the moment.
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 08:42:25 pm »
A coloured tank would have  looked much better

Actually I dont think there is much you can do to make this tank look good.  Lets face it, Italians know how to make machinery look sexy - the Australians clearly haven't a clue in that department. 

They seem to have taken their inspiration from the XR or something! ::)

The red tank looks terrible and the white tank looks pretty much the same, except you have no idea how much fuel you have.

I think this will be a case of putting practical ugly  function before pleasing form until I dont need the range and then I'll change back to the original tank and let the ugly ogre become a princess again  :thumleft:

 


« Last Edit: February 12, 2012, 08:44:24 pm by alanB »
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2012, 10:27:33 pm »
Hi Alan I won't go bigger than the IMS 5 gallon which still looks ok on the bike and gives plenty range. R8000-00  :o
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2012, 11:19:38 pm »
I am pleased I have read this and it substantiates my fears. Ja not on my wish list at present - I have also resisted a larger tank on my HP2 for the same reasons of wanting to keep it lean and mean (although the HPN one looks OKish - I did though get an underseat 7.2l one). I hate carrying extra juice in containers but would probably opt for a fuel cell for those relatively few times I would need before an obese tank. I am also too much of an aesthete and love the svelt look of my hussy.
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2012, 01:52:35 pm »
8 k is a lot of money. I made a plan using a MX bike number board tank (5ltrs) I only fit it for long trips. Works OK but not ideal.



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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2012, 10:08:04 pm »
Hey Alan. Awesome ride yesterday. As for the tank......you got it for a reason.......milage.
If you think it makes your bike look like a tart then just think of my baby........I can send you a pic if you want.
Lets do it again soon......maybe 350km
 

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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 09:01:58 am »
One advantage to the tank is that it protects the radiators.
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Re: Safari Tank
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2012, 05:00:49 pm »
Hey Alan. Awesome ride yesterday. As for the tank......you got it for a reason.......milage.
If you think it makes your bike look like a tart then just think of my baby........I can send you a pic if you want.
Lets do it again soon......maybe 350km

Sure thing :thumleft:

I actually did 320 k's on Sunday because its 30ks to the One Stop from my place.

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