So I'm looking for a safe way to carry gas on a trip we are planning up into some rural areas in Canada. 2 bikes (NC700x + NC750x), looking to carry roughly 1 to 2 gallons of fuel total.
For the sake of discussion, all costs are "new" items. I realize savings may be found on used goods.
MSR Bottles: 4 bottle set up = $160 to carry 1 gallon of fuel
- MSR 1-liter bottles, roughly $25/bottle x 4 bottles = $100
- Harness, tube, etc to hold them on bike. Prices vary, but assume $15 each = $60 (some options are much more expensive, some less expensive, picked $15 as an "average" cost)
- Fuel capacity = 1 gallon.
If "Endurostan" brand bottle harnesses are used, then 1.5 liter bottles can be used, cost goes up to $120 for harnesses, total cost = $220, but capacity of 4 bottles = 2 gallons
Clearly neither of those are inexpensive ways to carry 1 or 2 gallons of gas.
I also am not thrilled with the fact that these solutions take up permanent space on the motorcycles. I don't see the need to carry extra fuel every day. Mounting a couple TOOL TUBES to each bike just adds something else that needs to come off the bike if there is a maintenance issue. Not looking to keep those on the bike 24/7/365 days a year. Just not desired for my personal purposes, we each are different, I understand some choose to keep them 24/7, I simply choose not to do that at this time. I am actually more attracted to the fabric holsters/harnesses that came easily be taken off the bikes at the end of a trip. Prices of those range from $5 up to about $30. Those are a great choice if you don't want permanent fuel bottles but expose the bottles, which might not always be desirable. Still, for a trip they might be great.
Looking for other alternatives.
GIANT LOOP FUEL BLADDER, eBay has a 2 gallon bladder for $195
Still seems pretty darned expensive to carry 2 gallons of gas, but I like the fact it can rolled up and stowed away for the 95% of the time it will not be needed. Even on a trip into rural Canada the fuel back up will likely only be wanted (and hopefully never actually needed) for 5 days out of a 20 day trip.
In the Australia/New Zealand I see a brand called LIQUID CONTAINMENT that makes a 10 liter bladder. Can't find a North American source for that product. Not sure the cost to get one shipped to the US. Its a very basic bladder. Priced at $AD125 down there. 10 Litre Touring Bladder - Liquid Containment Bladders & Liners – Fuel, Water, Petrol, Diesel, Water Storage
Also down under is a brand called DESERT FOX that makes fuel bladders for motorcycles. They have a 6 liter size. Again, can't find a North American source and no clue what the cost is, but it might be in the same category as the Giant Loop based on its features. Desert Fox Fuel Cells, Jerry Cans and Fuel Bladders – Desert Fox Professional Riding Gear
Certainly there must be more options? Any advice, help on this? Again, looking for a SAFE way to carry, that is compact for TRAVEL, and still won't break the bank.