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    I plan to take my (new to me) 2013 TeeDub on the TransAmerica Trail in June. One of the big considerations is the number of miles between gas stations out west. I think I have to go 160 miles a time or two. So I am wondering the average miles per tank of gas. I carried a gas can with me once and got 154, after going on reserve at 107 miles. That's the only time I have run it dry. Other times I have gone to reserve about 90, so I figure that would be a 140 mile tank. Obviously, I will have to carry extra gas, but I am hoping to make it with just two 30 oz MSR bottles in tool tubes. So far that looks doable. But I would hate to run out in the middle of nowhere. What is your experience?
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    120 to 130 miles on a stock tank but that is stretching it.
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    conditions matter, depends on your speed and load. i assume on the trail you're in low to mid gearing, better mpg than slab at 55-60. i would want more than just two mrs bottle when being that far out.

    think of getting a bigger tank. a OEM xt225 tank gives you an extra 1/2 gallon while an xt350 gives you more than a gallon of useable gas. the clark tanks give you a variety of choices, again the two xt tanks and the tw200.
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    Aesthetically, the XT225 tanks works well, especially if you include the “spoiler” thingies (though they’ve been known to “jump ship” in the rough)

    Even so, I’d feel a lot more comfortable with a gallon on the back as well

    That extra gallon on the rear means you can help someone else out if you come across them dry – (spent too many miles running on fumes to take the chance anymore)

    If rear weight bothers you, fill the front tank when appropriate - wont be long before you have the space ......
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    I agree with joeband. If you are going to crunch serious miles on the TW = TW needs a bigger tank. It will ease your mind and double your time / distance between fuel stops.

    I have the stock tank and constantly planning the next fuel stop.

    My 1991 gets approx 130 miles per tank if driven easily on gravel roads.
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    If you want to keep the OEM tank - try adding an aux fuel tank. The Acerbis I use is 1.6 gallons - doubles the range. They are easy to install / remove for when you need the range.

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    Bigger tank!!

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    S miles per tank, Fixed it for ya.

    The first guy to do that trail alone on two wheels and not detour the Darian Gap by boat used an 800 cc BMW. I met him and his ride in 1993 at a BMW
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    Make a little hole in the filler tube and you can squeeze a little more gas in the tank. Make the hole bigger than this one -- just trust me on that.

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    You will need a larger tank and a Rotopak. In one of the Oaklahoma legs we limped into a one station town with less tan 5 miles in tank after dumping the Rotopak in 1/2 of my tank 1/2 in my partners. We each had fuel tube left but it was closer than I liked. Even more distance to cover on a couple of the western legs.

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