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Fuel for Motorbikes/Scooters - where to keep?


laimeduck

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We have a large underbed garage where our motorbike lives.

Those who have similar, where do you keep your can of fuel?

Or do you not have one?

 

I don't really want the smell of petrol coming up into the bed area.

I am thinking of keeping mine in the gas locker or is that not a good idea?

(if we have a fire & petrol & gas go up together, I imagine we'll be in orbit and won't care!)

 

Or should I make a rack and keep it underneath the van?

 

Any thoughts?

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You already have a can of fuel under your bed. It is your bikes tank. So long a your can is well sealed and preferably made of steel, I see no problem.

Cars these days have plastic tanks with a lot more fuel on board, which you are sitting over whilst you drive.

Go figure. :D

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My bike is a Sachs MadAss and there is no tank as such- the fuel is in the frame. She holds about 100 miles ~ 5 litres. There is no smell from the bike at all, but the can always smells, hence my question.

Maybe I'll not bother, but I do like the security of having some spare fuel in a can.

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If you want/need to carry additional fuel, if there's the space(and as you mention it as an option, presumably there is?), I'd think that the gas locker was as an appropriate a place as any?

(..unless of cause, the forum's Google-boffins can come up with a reason why not? (lol) )

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laimeduck - 2015-03-24 8:46 AM

 

My bike is a Sachs MadAss and there is no tank as such- the fuel is in the frame. She holds about 100 miles ~ 5 litres. There is no smell from the bike at all, but the can always smells, hence my question.

Maybe I'll not bother, but I do like the security of having some spare fuel in a can.

That bike looks great but damned uncomfortable for even short trips, can you get two on it? My scooter tank only holds about that but can always find a fuel station when I need one.

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Not a problem I have encountered but I know some ferries are paranoid about fuel in cans. Vehicle tanks seem ok but Calmac have made people with eg rally cars dump spare petrol before boarding. I have also heard of some campers having to dump fuel for stoves before boarding. I think this has now eased but something to keep in mind.
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That bike looks great but damned uncomfortable for even short trips, can you get two on it? My scooter tank only holds about that but can always find a fuel station when I need one.

 

I have put a rack with top box on the rear so the pillion is more secure. I find it very comfortable one up and good for shortish hops ~ 30 miles 2 up - which is all we want it for.

The beauty of the design for me is that it's light ~100Kg, it will fit into my garage with the mirrors removed - many bikes/scooters are simply too tall, it's very thin as it has no tank. That means I can also fit our 2 electric fold-up bikes in the garage as well & I still have about 130Kg payload left for the garage.

 

Thanks everyone - I take the point about fuel cans - I'll not bother, something else not to have to fret about. I'll just fuel up as required when we are exploring!

 

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