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Here's the '94 DR650 I recently bought, and am having a ball with. Used the LT's RKA trunk bag on the rear rack, and managed to attach my saddlebags over the seat, secured so that they don't hit the exhaust or flopdick around.
My question is about carrying gas. I've found that a 2-1/2 gallon plastic jug fits nearly perfectly into the topcase bag. Is this something that I should be OK with, or would you not suggest it.
Do you, and how, carry gas with you?
Thanks for any input.
Think I did OK for $1,500?
 

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I don't know if I would carry a 2.5 gal jug. Most use the aluminum 1 litre bottles with the screw in cap designed for fuel. Easier to pack and less likely to cause a problem in a crash.
 

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Yes, trouble is bound to strike.
Use Roto Pax, plastic but designed for the abuse.
http://www.rotopax.com/
On my DR650 I use the Wolfman bags/rack (purchased off the www.advrider.com classifieds) and the 1 gallon Roto Pax container and the Wolfman aluminum mounting plate purchased from Procycle.
http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html
Roto Pax has rack mount plates for verticle rear mount or horizontal under your rear bag in various gallonages. They also have water and tool containers.
I just changed to the IMS 4.9 gallon gas tank (also from Procycle) so I do not need to carry fuel, my Roto Pax container is for water since I built the bike for south of the border trips.

Go here for info on pre 1996 DR's.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61568

Sounds like you got a good deal but be careful, I've spent more on aftermarket upgrades then the cost of the bike.
Fun bike, ride safe.
 

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FINALLY! Got in a great ride yesterday, and for around here, in mid Jan, that's not bad. Took a chance and carried the fuel just as in the photo. Why? Beats the hell out of me! I have a 5.3 gallon tank, but the son-in-law only has 2.5 on his DRZ400, so I'm carrying it for him.

First 2 - 2.5 miles in the hills was on packed snow and ice, and a butt puckering ride. After that things opened up and got fun. Crossed 5 creeks, some flowing, some iced completely, and some that were flowing under ice, which broke when we rode over. Made 'em all though.
On the way home we hit a power line road full of dips, woops, rocks and other assorted obstacles. All my luggage flew off from jumping, and the gas can rolled over in the bag. Never spilled a drop though. Finally got smart and dumped the 1.5 gallons into the son-in-laws bike. Tied everything down and went like hell. WHAT A BLAST!!!
 

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Well, all you nay sayers, you were right. The gas can split it two and I dumped about half of it before I realized what happened. On a side note, the bag you see is the trunk bag from RKA, and it holds gas really well!! I had to tip the bike over onto it's side to empty it!!! No more hauling gas. Son-in-law bought a new fuel tank :D
 
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