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Extend Your Range with 9 Types of Extra Motorcycle Fuel Tanks

For many adventure riders, the stock-standard fuel tanks found on many motorcycles just don’t provide enough range. They come with five to seven-gallon tanks which are perfect for weekend warriors, but what about multi-day trips?

That’s when you’ve got two options:

  • Replace your existing stock fuel tank with an aftermarket tank with greater capacity
  • Keep your existing tank but carry additional fuel when needed in an auxiliary fuel tank

For some riders, replacing the fuel tank makes perfect sense. They foresee many adventures where a bigger tank is justified.

For other riders, their fuel requirements are significantly less. Often they will fare just fine with carrying a small fuel tank.

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Adventure motorcycling with extra fuel

Let’s forgo buying an ordinary jerry can from the hardware store to carry extra fuel on your adventure motorcycle. These often spill quite easily on bumpy roads.

After all, you’ve got an expensive motorcycle paired with luggage that you want to protect. Did you know there are numerous better options available?

Manufacturers have come a very long way over the last 10 years. Instead of strapping a jerry can to your panniers, you have various options available.

Let’s take a look:

Safari Tanks

By far the most popular and well-known tanks on the market. Safari Tanks have custom bigger fuel tanks available for most types of adventure motorcycles and even dirt bikes.

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Would we recommend them? Absolutely – that’s why they’re #1 on this list. If you can afford to, we recommend that you upgrade to a bigger fuel tank. This avoids the hassles with topping up fuel while out on the trail as it can often be messy.

The biggest hassle with Safari tanks, and in fact all of these tank companies, is replacing the tank itself. The new tank is bigger and often not as flush or ‘sporty’ as the old tank. But what you lose in aesthetics you make up with a safer tank that can withstand a lot of crashes, while of course giving you a much bigger range.

Some of their tanks come with baffles. This reduces the sideways movement of the fuel in cornering, leading to more stability for you as the rider.

Desert Fox Fuel Cells

The Desert Fox Fuel Cells are an Australian innovation that combines the toughness of the military with the flexibility that overland riders need. Available in 3L, 6L and the massive 12L sizes, they are ideal for storing above hard-luggage cases. A 20L version (Xtreme fuel cell) is available for 4×4 enthusiasts doing group tours.

We really like these motorcycle fuel storage bags. With a range of D rings and daisy chains, you’ll find the right combination of tie-downs to suit your adventure motorcycle. You can even roll these up when they’re not being used.

Some riders have reportedly used these for water storage too, but be warned! You can’t use these for water storage after they have had fuel through them. It’s just too dangerous for your health.

Adventure Moto Fuel Bladders

Imagine a CamelBak turned into a fuel bladder for motorcycles and you’ve got the Adventure Moto Fuel Bags. These bladders are much stronger than any hydration pack obviously while also being flexible even when half full. You can find these online and in some dirt bike shops.

Adventure Moto Fuel Bladders - Extra Motorcycle Fuel Tanks

A challenge is actually refuelling the bags and later transferring that fuel into your motorcycle. It certainly takes some practice. Also, while these bags are strong, they are susceptible to punctures. Available in 5L and 8L varieties and built specifically for Australian conditions.

These come with a spout paired with its own storage pouch. The child-proof cap stops it unscrewing when riding so it doesn’t leak fuel on to all of your gear and hot engine parts.

MSR / Primus / SOTO Fuel Bottles

Lacking the confidence of having a soft petrol bladder on your motorcycle? Then it’s time to use something much harder like these aluminium bottles. These are ideal if you’re only going to store much smaller amounts of fuel as they typically come in 700ml to 1.5L varieties.

What we really like about these bottles is using them to store engine oil. Let’s say you’re doing a 4-week expedition in some far-flung country. Finding high-quality engine oil is going to be very challenging. Many adventure riders opt to store engine oil in one of these bottles which choosing a soft bat for their petrol.

Giant Loop Gas Bag

Let’s switch back to soft storage options for a moment with the Gas Bag™️ by Giant Loop Moto. These are very popular despite their very high price. And the price is high for a reason – build quality. Made in the USA with each fuel bladder being individually tested in their Oregon factory before being dispatched internationally

Giant Loop Gas Bag soft fuel bladder

Available in 3 gallons and 5-gallon varieties, you’ll find these bags to be almost indestructible. After all, they built these for racers in mind who demand the best.

 Extra Motorcycle Fuel Tanks

Are they worth the price? If you’re needing a very high-quality soft fuel bladder for your dirt bike, then absolutely. It’s the type of gear that will last for years.


You might have heard of Rotopax before. They have been creating fuel tanks for adventure riders for many years now. These are jerry cans for motorcycles that strap on to the panniers.

Just like the Giant soft bags above, these are made in the United States with each unit being pressure-tested before dispatch. Some riders purchase 2 units; one for fuel (red tank) and one for water (white tank) which should never be mixed.

If doing excessive miles is something that you envision, then a set of these will be perfect. You can loop them through your panniers or connect them directly to hard luggage. They also manufacture these as empty storage containers for emergency situations.

Acerbis Rear and Handlebar Fuel Tanks

Acerbis makes a range of fuel tanks and the two that have our attention are their handlebar tank and rear fuel tank. While they’re certainly unattractive in white, your fuel will stay cooler and be much less likely to explode during summer riding adventures.

Using handlebar tanks when riding dirt bikes or adventure motorcycles isn’t that popular. This is why you won’t see that many riders with them. The reason is that the additional weight sitting up high affects your stability and also puts extra strain on your front suspension.

Nomad Tanks

Another Australian startup is the Nomad Tanks company. They have multiple rear tanks available for a range of offroad adventure motorcycles. The best part – these fuel tanks are made in Australia, not China.

2nd fuel tank on dirt bike

For many dirt bikes, the space at the rear below the fender goes completely unused. These is where Nomad Tanks have innovated to serve this space with a tank that appears mostly flush with the bike itself.

SW-Motech Fuel Canister Kit

If you’re the type of rider who loves hard cases, then you’re going to love this. When you’re buying this motorcycle auxiliary fuel holder, you should also purchase the Alu-Box universal mount which they sell separately.

This way you can mount it securely to your hard cases on whichever side you choose.

Included in the basic system is:

SW-Motech Fuel Canister Kit
  • The silver holding plate that you can see on the rear
  • Two black straps which are very strong for highway riding
  • 2-litre fuel bottle with a leak-proof cap
  • Filling pipe to secure it to your hard luggage.

For many riders, 2 litres is enough fuel to get them to the nearest gas station on their trip. This is why this has become very popular with adventure riders who just need that little bit extra and don’t necessarily want to change their main fuel tank.

Liquid Containment

For more of a bare-bones approach, Liquid Containment has created several touring fuel bladders for adventure riders globally. These are tough…seriously tough!

The great thing about these bags is that they roll up super thin. This means you could store these in the smallest of areas.

Naz Bags

Another recent Australian start-up is the Naz Bags company who have created fuel bladder bags from 18oz ripstop canvas. Note that these aren’t fuel storage but a way to protect your soft fuel bladders from damage when crashing.

You can get these in 4 sizes: 12, 10, 5.5 and 4 litres. If in doubt, always get a larger size.

Safety issues

While there are some obvious upsides towards taking additional fuel when riding a motorbike, there are hazards too.

Let’s take into account some safety issues with carrying any additional adventure, trail or dirt bike fuel.

  • Limit yourself from the fuel. It’s very flammable and not something that you should have connected on your body at any time. That includes inside backpacks, vests or jackets. Don’t be a fool as it’s just not worth it.
  • Don’t mix it up. Some people use one canister for oil storage (especially long-distance adventure riders) and another canister for fuel storage. Mark these properly so you don’t mix them up in the middle of nowhere.
  • Refill your bike from your canister first. There is a temptation to just keep filling up your adventure bike endlessly without touching your auxiliary fuel tank, storage bag or canister. If you keep doing this, then your fuel will eventually go bad and chances are that you’ll draw from it when it’s too late.
  • Avoid cheap solutions. Yes – every dirt bike tank option provided in this list isn’t cheap. Don’t follow the guys that recommend Gatorade bottles as these are simply too dangerous and the plastic isn’t designed to carry fuel. In fact, the plastic may seep its way into your fuel mixture causing damage to your engine.
  • Protect your fuel tanks. Remember that these could cause a fire when crashing so do your best to protect them from sideways impacts. If you get a puncture to your main fuel tank, then that could spell the end of your adventure until help arrives.

Use your saddlebags for fuel, but only as a last resort. Don’t’ store anything in there alongside it which is critical to your adventures such as your tent, sleeping bag and pillow.

Closing thoughts

Upgrading your fuel tank is often the best solution. You’ll have more storage when you need it and won’t need to worry about top-ups in the field.

However, this isn’t a solution for everyone. These soft fuel storage bags and hard mini-tanks for motorcycles can give you that extra range that you need, without expensive upgrades.

Most importantly, here at Frontaer – we recommend that you just play it safe out there with whichever option you choose.

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12 Best Dirt Bike and MX Riding Boots For Serious Riders (2022)

Dirt bike riders need to protect themselves and a good pair of dirt bike riding boots are just the solution. But what do you choose when there are so many options available?

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Today we’re going to look at the 12 different dirt bike riding boots available and the best things that beginners should be looking for. Frontaer has created this list exclusively for enduro, motocross, supercross and recreational dirt bike riders.

Best MX, Trail and Dirt Bike Riding Boots

For those short on time, we have already done the research for you as passionate offroad enthusiasts. We’ve established these boots as the best for beginner and intermediate riders:

  1. Alpinestars Tech 7’s
  2. O’Neal Logo Rider
  3. Fox Racing Comp Boot
  4. Sidi Crossfire 3 Boots
  5. TCX Comp Evo
  6. Fly Racing 2020 Maverick
  7. Gaerne SG-12 Motocross Boots
  8. Fox Racing Instinct
  9. Leatt GPX 5.5 FlexLock
  10. Sidi ATOJO SRS
  11. O’Neal Sierra Pro
  12. Alpinestars Tech 10’s
Best MX, Trail and Dirt Bike Riding Boots

Unlike other guides that suggest the same brand multiple times in their top 10 list, we’ve taken a different approach.

We’ve picked best-selling 1-2 motocross boots from each main brand that we think is best based on purchasing volumes and rider feedback. Nothing ordinary here.

Note that this guide isn’t for adventure riders. If you’re into dual-sport adventures, then read this guide instead given that there is a clear and distinct difference between motocross and adventure motorcycle boots. This mainly surrounds their built quality and materials, paired with weight, flexibility and cost.

Dirt bike Boots Buying Guide

Before we break down this list, let’s look at the features you’ll want to get into first. Because boots aren’t just pretty; they are created to serve very specific purposes.

Foot and Ankle Protection

It’s a bit deal to be protected when riding both on the trails and on MX tracks. Look for boots which have Thermoplastic Polyurethane (abbreviated as TPU) or even Thermoplastic Rubbers (TPR) as these are essentially a very tough plastic shell that can survive a big crash.

Such protection needs to extend to your toes, heels, under your feet and certainly your shins. But they should do all of this without being too heavy or leaving you with bruises.

Dirt Riding Support

While it’s great to have a boot, you’ll also want to enjoy wearing them too. Any decent set of dirt bike riding boots should have support for your ankle and foot with soft foam. The last thing you want after a long ride is to have red marks and little desire to wear such boots again which is typical of cheap Chinese-made boots.

The right set of boots will have some flex to them which is natural. This helps you change gears and reach for the brakes but also provide enough support.

Often it’s the buckles providing great support. You should be able to adjust these quite easily with even pressure from top to bottom.


We stray away from super cheap dirt bike boots. Even those in the mid-range do have their flaws. Just like helmets, this is one bit of gear that you’ll have to pay up for, unfortunately.

Instead of paying hundreds for new boots that are only going to get dirty in the first five minutes, we recommend that you jump on Craigslist. There are bound to be riders who have had a few rides and decided that the sport wasn’t for them. They might even be selling their MX bike for cheap as well.

In this guide, we’ve covered boots that retail for under $200, as well as much higher than that price point….well beyond $400!

The 12 Best Dirt Bike Boots of 2020

Let’s jump into this big list:

1. Alpinestars Tech 7

Pros wear this boot, but so do beginners as well. While you’ll certainly spend up for these, there is a distinct reason they are #1 on the list – the quality.

When you’re learning to ride or perhaps you already have some dirt riding experience, you don’t want super cheap. Such boots don’t last enough miles.

The Alpinestars Tech 7 boots, however, are in a completely different class of their own. And if the only reviews are anything to go by, they certainly stack up!

Here at Frontaer, we love the entire Alpinestars range, most of which aren’t made in China. The main downside is the color as they get dirty quite easily.

In recent times, Alpinestars have come out with a Tech 7 Enduro version which we highly recommend.

2. O’Neal Logo Rider

While the Tech 7’s are a blast, not everyone can afford them. If you’re looking for a new pair of affordable dirt bike riding boots that still look great and function well, then the O’Neal Rider boots are our best pick.

These are very much entry-level so you can’t expect the same level of comfort and features as other more expensive boots, but you’ll get at least one season out of these. The sole is made from Goodyear and they have a synthetic leather heat shield to stop engine burns.

3. Fox Comp Boot

Riding between the Alpinestars and the O’neal’s, we have the Fox Comp Boot. This is their #1 bestselling boot in the United States and it’s evident why.

The black color goes with just about any motorcycle. So if you’re riding a KTM, Yamaha, Honda or even a GasGas, you won’t feel like being left out. Then again, it’s also available in blue, white and red so you can color-match if required.

What we really like is the internal lace system which provides the rider with a custom fit around their ankle. Pair that with the TPU plating which covers much of the boot, you’ll have a quality set of riding boots that don’t quite break the bank.

4. Sidi Crossfire 3 Boots

Sidi has a range of Crossfire boots which differ based on the type of riding that you’re doing. Their older Crossfire 2 TA and SRS boots received much praise in the MX riding communities around the world so this new breed of boots is no different.

Mostly available in black, these boots will last more than one season given the higher price-point. Not only that, but you can get replacement soles which fit boots up to 15 years old. Clearly, this isn’t a company that hopes to get you replacing their boots every year, but instead, serve you for the long term.

5. TCX Comp Evo

TCX is certainly the smaller player on the market, but their boots work just as well for dirt riding. They do serve the adventure rider as well as the track racer too.

These boots aren’t our most recommended option by any stretch, but their boots certainly are affordable and bridge the gap between MX and adventure riding.

6. Fly Racing 2020 Maverick

We’ve left one of the best MX boots on the market until last – the Fly Racing Mavericks! These boots are perfect for entry-level riders wanting quality paired with style.

They certainly aren’t as popular, but at this price-point, how could you disagree? Ideal as an entry-level or beginner rider who’s looking for genuine value out there.

Fly Racing does regular updates of their products based on science and rider feedback. What we like about these boots are their super simple design.

7. Gaerne SG-12 Men’s Motocross Boots

Frontaer really loves the pivot system built into the GaerneFirst and this is exclusive to their brand. When you’re walking or riding, you just feel more secure yet more flexible. This is designed to provide support and protection through their unique injection moulded design.

The grip is excellent while the front is quite strong with the shin plate, which allows them to take a beating over months or years. If you’re looking for riding boots that will last a long time, then this is it.

8. Fox Racing Instinct

If you’re competing in motocross competitions, then you’l want something that has legendary status. Fox has really done it with this high-end motocross boot that’s lightweight yet seriously geared for podium wins.

The Instinct isn’t new to riders globally and with 8+ years of production, you know that you’re receiving a quality bit of kit here. Some of the best-known riders such as Chad Reed choose these boots for their racing pedigree.

The only drawback is that they aren’t budget-friendly. Expect to pay a fortune for these, but a worthy investment if you’re a serious competitor in amatuer or pro tournaments.

9. Leatt GPX 5.5 FlexLock

Leatt has legendary status for their innovative range of neckbraces, but they’re also strong in their dirt bike boot range. Our pick of their bunch is the 5.5 FlexLock which combines excellent design with world-class looks.

Much like anything with the Leatt name, this didn’t just pop out of nowhere. With 3 years of field testing with pro athletes, it was released to the mainstream market recently and with much praise. This is a great alternative if you’re not keen enough for the Fox Racing Instinct above.

10. Sidi Atojo SRS

This is Sidi’s 2nd apperance on this list and for good reason. We wanted to bring a less motocross-orientated boot to this roundup, and instead show one that will be a hit with trail and enduro riders, and even some of the ADV crowd.

Again, this one isn’t cheap. Much design and development went into creating this rock-solid boot that’s designed for action on 2 wheels. We love the detail and craftsmanship, provided your wallet can afford it.

11. O’Neal Sierra Pro

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking: “But these are so ugly” but we’ll remind you to hold your protests for now. As fellow riders, let’s think about this: When you’re out there riding on the motocross track or going through river crossings, your boots can get seriously muddy and they’re tough to clean up properly. This is why these are a great solution.

The Sierra Pro boots are inspired by the adventure riding fraternity who don’t want the bling-bling from the motocross world. These boots are the perfect blend of weekend trail riding paired with some potential to compete in enduro and motocross racing. The upper is made with full grain leather as opposed to plastics which you’ll otherwise find on this list with many other boots.

12. Alpinestars Tech 10

Alpinestars led us into this list, and they’ll lead us on the closeout too! This time with their Tech 10 range which is seriously badass. If you’re looking for an upgrade from the Tech 7’s, then these are the best choice out there.

You’re looking at one of the most popular dirt bike boots around the world. Tens of thousands of units sold and many happy 4-stroke enthusiasts. Trust us – we don’t need to sell you on the features, given how many positive reviews exist of this boot.

In summary

While you can certainly buy dirt bike boots online, we recommend that you head into a store and try a few on. Sizing is important especially for a first-time rider or beginner to the offroading world.

Choosing the right set of boots based on your riding conditions is important. Some are better suited to MX conditions which others are better suited to fire trails or cold winter riding.

Avoid any of the cheaper boots on the marketplace and opt for those that deliver the best value for money and you’ll be riding for years to come.

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