I went with a 6.6gal on mine after trying the 10gal for a number of months. Just too much of a headache and nothing fits it (crash bars in particular)
These bars fit mine, even with the super-beefy skid plate and the price was right, but if I decide to re-install the 10gal, I think I'll leave the bars off this time.
I liked the lower center of gravity but I'm now a lot less enamored with having that much fuel.
Are crash bars necessary/desirable with an IMS tank installed?
Sounds like no. Gonna try it without if I put this tank back on. This thing's a freakin' moose anyway, what with all the pannier racks, bar risers, drop pegs, center stand, upper/lower dash, Ram mount etc. etc. it'll be nice to lose the bars.
Helped a South African rider "build" a Generation 2 KLR650 for his projected 2-year, 50,000-mile ride (he reported as, "Riding Through The Americas," on ADV). We filled him up, pointed him south, and slapped him on the flank. He "ran out of gas" on his first leg (somehow drained one side of the tank; couldn't get the remainder over to the petcock side, I guess).
On a couple of occasions, I filled up with 9.9-some gallons, but again: I'm seeing more and more potential for back-country failure, so unless there's a fairly easy salvage for this tank, it's going away.
Hoping to hear something from IMS this week.
Thanks for chipping in guys.