Collapsible Fuel Bladder
by Martin Hackworth
Photo: Martin Hackworth
Liquid Containment Fuel
Bladder is a
clever and very effective method of increasing your off road fuel
capacity without investing in a bigger tank. Having ridden with a
variety of Acerbis
and IMS desert tanks on various dirt bikes we are convinced that
anything above five gallons is just too big and unwieldy for general
riding. Enter the collapsible fuel bladder which may be rigged
carried in a variety of ways full, then rolled up and stored neat when
empty. It's just the ticket.
Liquid Containment is an Australian outfit that manufactures a variety of flexible liquid containment solutions for water, fuel, etc., in all sizes and shapes. We ordered up the 2.1 gallon fuel bladder, shown above, from JustGasTanks and it arrived just a couple of days later. We have to commend the folks at JustGasTanks for knowing how to do e-commerce right as theirs is one of the most user-friendly and painless sites on the web to navigate and order from. Shipping was extremely fast. Salute!
| The Liquid
Containment Fuel Bladder is
comes with enough attachment points to provide plenty of mounting
options. After about a half hour of fiddling around we eventually
determined that the method that worked best for us was to sling it
around our neck with a piece of 1" webbing and let it ride on the seat
right in front of us. You're doing squats with an additional 14 lbs.
every time you stand on the pegs - but hopefully this isn't for
long. We've also had excellent luck strapping it to our fuel
tanks and mounting it on our handlebars.
Everything about the Liquid Containment Fuel Bladder exudes durability and quality. The urethane material that comprises the bulk of the bladder appears virtually indestructible and all of the seams appear to be bulletproof as well. The filler cap is absolutely liquid and vapor tight. There is no gasoline odor apparent after the filler cap is sealed to the bladder and none becomes apparent even after miles of bouncing over rough terrain. Our has survived multiple crashes and get-offs with nary a leak.
Note: As of the summer of 2013, this item no longer appears to be available in the USA. It may be imported from the manufacturer in Australia, but at a hefty price.
Price Paid: $124.99 (2.1 Gallon size) - JustGasTanks (carabiners not included). Other sizes are available.
The Good: Easy to rig, easy to store.
The Rad: Less expensive (and less bulky) than a larger tank.
The Gnarly: Goodness gracious, great balls 'o fire!