Acerbis 4.1 Gallon Gas Tank – For KTM 250/350/450/500

I wanted an oversized tank for my KTM 350EXC-F for some dual-sport rides.  I did not want to be the Exxon Valdez super tanker.  Enter the Acerbis 4.1 Gallon Gas Tank.  This tank replaces the OEM radiator guards without adding too much width over the OEM Tank.  This Acerbis unit is identical to the KTM Hard Parts 13L tank, but with the Acerbis screw on gas cap.  I opted for the Acerbis unit purely because it saved me about 80-100$ depending on where you purchase from.

Installing the unit is straight forward.  Remove your OEM Tank, Remove the fuel pump from your OEM Tank (not needed if you have a second fuel pump setup), slide fuel pump into Acerbis tank, and finally reinstall the tank onto the bike.  The Acerbis unit included all the required hardware for installing the tank.  The tanks wall thickness is thinner than the OEM tank, so this requires some alternate hardware.  The supplied hardware did the job and is on par or above OEM quality.  No faults to be had here.

Between your knees, you end up with about 1/2″ of fuel tank extra on either side.  In the center, you end up with the standard Acerbis look of a slightly too tall fuel filler.  This is due to Acerbis needing to be able to fit their dry break fuel filler system.  Not the end of the world, but if you’re used to sliding up on your tank all the way up to the bars, you’re going to have a nut buster of a problem.

When on the bike you don’t really notice the tank all too much.  Yes it’s there, and yes there is a bit more fuel sloshing around, but there is no avoiding that with adding fuel.  So far I’m happy with it.  My only gripe at this point being that the gas cap breather hose nipple broke off before I even touched the tank.  Mildly frustrating, though luckily the tank is still usable without that.

– UPDATE –

I contacted Acerbis regarding the broken cap.  They’re sending me a replacement cap.  Excellent Service & Response.

Acerbis Part #:2367750147

Rustic Roads to Ruins

A month or so ago I sold my Nighthawk and picked up a fancy Italian bike. I’ve never had a Ducati before, I’ve honestly never ridden a Multistrada before. The closest I had to trying a 1st gen Multistrada was sitting on a friends several years ago and thinking “Sweet Zombie Jesus this clutch is stiff……you sure that’s a hydraulic clutch?”  But what can I say. I had ridden my Nighthawk to test ride a new Ducati 848 Streetfighter as well as a 2014 Hyperstrada, and was bitten by the bug. I made some things happen, and wound up with a fancy 2004 Ducati Multistrada 1000DS. Rough around the edges yes……Raw Italian Beast through and through.The real purpose of this thread is to document my trips collecting Rustic Road Signs in Wisconsin. All 115 of them spread out around the state of Wisconsin. If you don’t know what they are, they’re basically a series of roads in Wisconsin that are…..Rustic. I’m documenting these rides in a spreadsheet on my computer, but will use this as more of posting pictures & thoughts of what is going on in my head during the rides. More than likely….nothing 

Wisconsin’s definition here:

What’s that got to do with motorcycling…..well, Wisconsin is nice enough to send you a patch if you snap a picture of yourself in front of 10 signs. Their rules are here:

Now I’m not the first, nor am I the last to take on this little challenge. I think there are even a few reports on this site of other Wisconsin locals taking on this challenge. I however can say that I’m doing these…..all based out of Illinois. Now in reality, that’s not really fair. I am in Illinois, however I’m only about 10 miles South of the IL\WI border. On top of that, I’ve got the minimum 10 Rustic Roads within a 30-45 minutes ride from my house. 

Rustic Roads in relation to my house (bottom right):

Rustic Road GPS Tracks HERE: GPS FILES

I devised a simple plan of attack for how I’m going to snag all 115 of these Rustic Roads. Wisconsin split these up into 4 main segments:

I’m close enough to most of the stuff in the Southeast area to attack them in rides after work. My wife works nights as a nurse, so if she’s working, I’m flying solo. If not, I’ll be getting her to tag along. Pictures with her will be far more appealing than of just me & my mug or just the Ducati.  I’ve got a cabin I can base out of for the Southwest portion of roads, so when I’m out there, I’ll snag those. Next spring when I do the TWAT, I’ll aim to snag those that are based around that route. In October or early November, my wife & I weather pending will be doing Cannonshot’s loop around Door County. I’ll snag any Rustic Roads there while in the area.

That’s my plan. I may (or may not) stick to it 

So the cast of characters:

My wife & I (I gotta burn that BMW Jacket):

The Silver Duck (truck is backup if I break down ):

All that said, allow me to begin. Stay tuned……

Andrew