The plan was to do the Translab this July. However life is what happens when you’re making other plans and it’s going to have to wait a year.
I do have a tendency to ride to the very edge of my fuel capacity. Sometimes it sneaks up on me other times I just misjudge where the next fuel stop is and then sweat into my helmet as I click down the ODO to 380Kms. Which as near as I can guess is pretty much BINGO fuel for the Strom. Though I’ve gotten as much as 430Kms on a tank of gas and as few as 300Kms in strong headwinds (or speeds averaging around 80Mph where the Strom really starts to drink Gas).
In view of this, last August I picked up mounting hardware for two Rotopax Fuel Cells and a single 2 Gallon unit from Dual Sport Plus in Stoney Creek (I’d have grabbed two but they were sold out). I was told at the time that they’d have more 2 Gallon units by September. Well it’s now March and no sign of them ever getting in any more of the 2 Gallon cells, so I went to the next go to place, Ebay. Three days later the other part of my distance equation arrived via Canada Post. I secured some Aluminum plate from the day job for backing on the inside of the Panniers as 2 Gallons of fuel is roughly 17Lbs and Aluminum is notorious for stress cracking from flex. The total install took about a half hour (because I like to take my time).
The cells only add about another three inches of width to the bike on either side. As I’m only using seven and a half inch wide panniers, it still keeps things pretty tight. Having a pair of large gas containers strapped to the back of your bike also has the desired, “Don’t tread on me,” effect on other drivers. I noticed a distinctive wide berth given to me on the 403 and tail gating wasn’t an issue either. It’ll be interesting to see how the weight will effect handling but seeing how well balanced the Strom is anyway, I don’t see too much of an issue.
I’m looking forward to being able to do a bit more exploring without having to worry about fuel too much. These two cells should give me another 300+Kms range.