Okay, I confess. I’m the bloke that likes to nip in at gas stations just to top up, even though we probably filled the tanks around a hundred miles back…you never know, eh? A thing of the past…at least when Lisa’s carrying extra fuel in a jerry can!
Why the need
Cue the Camel Tank. This auxiliary fuel tank for the BMW F800GS gives an additional seven liters (about 1.75 gallons) of fuel. And on a motorcycle that’s marketed for “adventure” this is a brilliant bolster to the paltry four-gallon stock tank.
Installation and fit
Installation will take about two hours if you take your time. Much of that will be removal of most of the tail section of the motorcycle. However, installation is a breeze. The directions are very thorough and deliver clear, concise procedures to mount the system. (NB: The guys at Camel Tank also provide an excellent, step-by-step installation video on their website, along with additional photo and text resources should the need arise. I’d recommend watching the video before beginning your install.)
My steed employs the Adventure-Spec Magadan II soft panniers and I’m happy to report that the fitment went without issue.
Living with the tank
It’s a must have mod for me riding the length of the Americas–particularly in remote parts of Bolivia and en route to Prudhoe Bay–some latter sections of which offer fuel every 5oo miles. What’s more, even with the added fuel capacity, minimal handling issues are incurred mainly because of the tank’s low placement. A valuable add-on.
With the addition of the Camel Tank, the useable range for my F800GS has soared to just over 300 miles–a notable improvement to the stock one. If you need to have that extended fuel range for peace of mind when stretching the boundaries of riding, it’s well worth it. Heck, it’s a no brainer.