Riders who tour on bikes with smaller fuel tank capacity should definitely read this. Because there are times when they have to carry some extra fuel to go on those long stretches which extend the maximum riding kilometers the fuel tank of their bikes can deliver. If you are going on a ride to Leh and if visiting places such as Pangong Lake or Nubra Valley you are definitely going to face this problem as while returning back from these places you will need that extra fuel.
Talking about solutions to this problem, you can carry extra fuel in jerry cans, plastic bottles. If you are riding in a group with a back-up vehicle then it will carry these for you otherwise you have to mount it on your bike and thus are exposed to lot of shaking. I have even heard of cases of these jerry cans leaking. Hence I was not really keen to use these options for my ride to Leh and nor the option of fitting a ‘Ladakh Carrier’ on my Duke 390. I had noticed this small fuel bladder on Facebook profile of Deelip Menezes and since that time it had caught my attention. So about a month ago before my ride, I ordered this product from my Aliexpress.com. Now stuff from this website usually takes 30-40 days to arrive India under free shipping mode. So my fingers were crossed if it will reach in time or not. Fortunately it arrived in 20 days of ordering so I got plenty of time to test this product too before my ride. The link to order is given at the end of this review.
I had ordered the 10L variant of this fuel bladder, a 7L version is also available. The edges are sharp and you can clearly see that the border is sealed across the perimeter upto an inch, making it leak proof. There is a handle to hold this thing and a lid which is attached to the neck. The thread on the lid-opening is pretty strong so that there is no chance of the thread breaking when you are trying to close the lid too tight, which you must when you are carrying the fuel. It also comes with a flexible pipe with nozzle like opening in one end, which can again be thread locked to the opening of the bag for easy pouring of fuel in the tank. This is a very handy feature of this product.
Tests I performed:
- I filled almost 90% of this bag with water and left it on the floor upside down overnight to check for leaks. Of-course I put the lid on :P No leaks
- I put this fuel bladder inside the Viaterra Claw (inside which I was planning to carry it), mounted it on the bike. I also packed other stuff in the Claw to make it more heavy and close to real conditions. Rode the bike like this on little bad roads too. I found no leakage at all.
So during the ride I first got the opportunity to use the bag while I was about to ride to Turtuk (Nubra Valley). Before that I just folded the bag from the center and packed in the Claw. Now to ride to Turtuk and come back, I topped-up the fuel tank of my bike and carried 6 liters of fuel in the bag. Again I packed the bladder with fuel inside the Claw. I must have ridden on roads of all conditions while riding to Turtuk. When I took this fuel bag out to refuel my bike, I was absolutely happy with the product as there were no leaks and not even the smell of petrol stinking all over the bag.
While riding to Chang La pass I had to carry 7 liters of petrol in the bag. This time I decided to keep the fuel bladder above the Claw and secure it with bungee cords. I faced bad roads, no roads, snow fall but this fuel bag refused to move from its secured position on the bike and did not let even a drop of petrol leak out of it.
So if you are deciding to buy this product be assured that it will perform absolutely true to its purpose. The manufacturing quality of the product is also good. It’s a must have for touring long distances for the KTMs and other bikes which have a smaller fuel tank.
Price: Rs. 4720