RotopaX on aluminum side cases

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I was going to start the thread with a I've been doing a lot of LDR lately (Long Distance Riding, duh!) and I need more gas crap, but to be honest, I love how the extra fuel canister looks on my bike.

 

 

The problem I had is that I didn't want to the rotopax to be on the sides or the back but on top of the side aluminum cases. Right under my Wolfman rollie bags. But there was no way to strap them properly so I had to improvise.

 

Total cost of project: $15

Total man hours spent: 1

Total beers consumed: 3 Industrial Revolution Vanilla Porter (I love living in CO)

 

Enjoy!

 

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Your standard ADV side case

 

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Your standard BMW straps

 

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Using the Wolfman rollie alone with the straps: perfect!

 

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Using the Wolfman rollie and the rotopax with the straps: disaster!

 

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The rotopax will just fly away with the slightest bump.

 

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The solution: Footman Loops for next to nothing (here)

 

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I also needed some STAINLESS STEEL hardware as well as some pieces of an old bicycle tube

 

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Marking the “G” spot

 

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Measurements because OCD

 

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Am I actually drilling a hole on my sidecar?

 

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I wonder if this will void the warranty…

 

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The tube will help the water to stay out (in theory)

 

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Screw -> hook -> washer -> tube in this order

 

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Thank the OCD for measuring… How did I make it crooked?

 

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Screw tight (boom, phrasing!)

 

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Cut the edges.

 

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Final product

 

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And here’s the magic! Yes, these are the original straps that came with my bike…

 

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This rotopax, won’t go anywhere!

 

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Not bad, right?

 

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Best think, I can still open my side cases with everything on them!

 

Now I’m ready to go to my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I’ve got extra fuel! I can go to the one across town!! WOOHOO!!!!



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Nice job

looks good.

Simple, effective solution. I like it! How'd the inner tube work at sealing the holes? 100% water tight? I'd think so...

How'd the inner tube work at sealing the holes? 100% water tight? I'd think so...

 

I tried it with pressure wash and they interior was kept dry :)

When I put my bottle opener on the back of my panniers, I bought rubber washers and they work great.

When I put my bottle opener on the back of my panniers, I bought rubber washers and they work great.

 

What, no mini keg & tap? I expected more Hall! :P

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