Overland Fuel Cans Review

“The Overland Fuel cans are tough, seriously durable  and all of the components are high quality and well-made. Carrying extra fuel and water is a must for us on our round the world travels and these are the best containers for the job.” 

Overland Fuel Cans Review

Snapshot

  • Price: £67
  • Time tested: 4 months
  • Miles tested: 8,000 miles
  • Testing conditions: USA and Canada
  • Functionality: 5/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Value for money: 5/5
  • Where to buy UK: sportsbikeshop.co.uk

Overland Fuel Cans Review

Overland Fuel are new onto the market with their auxiliary fuel and water cans. But they have already become the main suppliers for brands like Kriega, and even motorcycle gear stockists like Sportsbikeshop now stock only their cans – and no longer the fuel can leader – Rotopax.

At first glance, they look the same as the Rotopax cans most adventure travellers know and will instantly recognise. They work the same way too, with a screw top closure, seal, cap and hose. They even work interchangeably with Rotopax fitments and attachments.

But Overland Fuel claim their cans are stronger and that they ‘produce the toughest jerry cans in the world’, also providing them with a lifetime guarantee. 

Sounds promising. So, as we’ve recently swapped our world travel bikes for two Honda CRF300Ls, we decided to fit a fuel can to each of our machines (one for water and one for petrol).

Overland Fuel Cans Review

Features

The Overland Fuel containers use one layer of TUV approved and Patent material.

They come with a specially designed leak proof neck and fuel resistant gasket.

The fuel cans can be used with Overland Fuel’s mounts or Rotopax’s.

Available in a range of colours including red, black, blue and yellow.

The Overland Fuel cans come in two different sizes: 4.5 litres or 9 litres (there’s also a 17-litre size, but this is more suited to overland cars and trucks). 

  • Dimensions are: 360W x 270L x 85H (mm) for the 4.5 litre tank, which we are reviewing here.
  • Weight empty: 1.1kg
  • Weight full: 5.6kg
Overland Fuel Can Review

Why we use fuel and water cans on our motorcycle travels

Auxiliary fuel and water cans are indispensable for overland travellers. Especially if you’re heading off the beaten path – for obvious reasons.

We need the extra fuel as our Hondas carry 14L (in an aftermarket tank, it’s 7.8L as standard). That’s not to say we keep the Overland Fuel can full all the time, but there are many occasions where we know we can’t make it to a petrol station before our tanks run out so we need to fill them up.

Over the last five years we have relied on auxiliary tanks to get us through countries where petrol is scarce, such as Uzbekistan.

With water, we know we need at least five litres of water between the two of us for one night camping. That might sound like a lot, but that’s for two people to drink, cook with, wash hands, bodies and plates and make a cup of tea in the morning. We often find ourselves camping without a water source and rely on these cans.

What’s good?

The Overland Fuel cans are very easy to use. They slot into an X shaped mount, which is then tightened and fixes and holds the can into place.

Ours live on the inside of our Outback Motortek panniers and are attached to a backing plate. On the outside we have our Mosko Moto Backcountry panniers. 

They’re exceptionally easy to use with a thread lock cap. Simply unscrew, retrieve the hose inside, flip it around, screw the thread back on and you’re good to go.

Round-up

The Overland Fuel cans are tough, seriously durable  and all of the components are high quality and well-made. Carrying extra fuel and water is a must for us on our round the world travels and these are the best containers for the job. 

Overland Fuel Cans Review

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