KLR650 Safari Tank

Posted: April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
Brand new out of the box from OZ...

Brand new out of the box from OZ…

I just rec’d a 8.2 gal Safari Tank for my 2010 KLR650 as part of an overhaul I’m planning. Since it’s taking a while longer to get everything together for this project and fit the wrenching work into my schedule I’ll post about the major components I’m adding to the bike to fill the dead air on this blog.

Safari Tank Specs

  • capacity = 8.2 gal or 31L several current owners claim the capacity is in fact 10.5 Gal or 39.7 L
  • weight = TBD
  • dual gravity petcocks are supplied
  • colours white or black
  • non-locking cap
  • works with stock 2008+ fairing
  • Cost $581USD
  • Shipping to Canada = $75USD

I ordered this tank from Safari Tanks USA. They took my money and dropped shipped the tank from Australia. From payment to receiving the tank was ~6 weeks. Initially getting updates on my order was a bit slow, but after I called and followed up with some emails they took care of me. I wouldn’t hesitate to order another tank from them.

The tank arrived in Canada from OZ with no taxes or duty owing. It just was delivered by Canada Post to my office like a domestic parcel.

The tank is very large and feels quite robust. All the parts and instructions seem to be included although I have to confirm this when I do the install.

Two issues with this tank you should be aware of:

  1. for 2008+ bikes you have to remove the air injector system [AIS]
  2. petcocks are above the bottom of the tank

The AIS system is not required and removing it is fairly simple, but it’s an extra step you need to do before you install the tank.

The placement of the petcocks is driven by the location of the carb vs. the tank. Safari says they’ve tested it and the normal riding motion of the bike sloshes fuel around and gets the gas to the carb. I’ll have to test that out and see how well it works.

I’ll take a picture of all the parts and add it to this post when I am doing the install. I may not get to it for a couple weeks and I don’t want to misplace anything in the meantime.

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Comments
  1. Adam W says:

    Exciting news! How long until you get the new fairing kit?

  2. Vik says:

    Fairing will arrive within 1 or 2 weeks than I need an open 3 day weekend to tear the bike down and rebuild it….so probably end of May when it will be rolling in the new configuration.

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