Updated: Jun 6, 2019
We received a NOMAD tank to try on the Honda Africa Twin and it's bloody tops.
The 8.5 ltr NOMAD auxiliary tank replaces the rear pillion seat, the kit contains all necessary fasteners and plumbing needed and comes with easy to follow instructions.
As fuel is used, the main tank draws fuel from the NOMAD Tank and the main tank remains full until the NOMAD is empty, and it's pretty good not seeing that fuel gauge move for the first hour or two.
Since fitting the tank a couple of weeks ago, it's covered around 2500kms, it's been off and checked for leaks, rechecks of fasteners and because of the way it sits, there's no rub marks or anything else to mention, it just works.
Fitting the tank is easy and can be done in under 2 hrs with basic tools.
Remove the rear seat, mount the tank with the fuel hose and breather running through the existing cut outs.
If you have pannier racks with the under guard cross brace, you'll need longer bolts. (see pic 3 below)
Follow the steps in the instructions for tank and plastic removal and refitting.
Lift the tank, fit the fuel hose in place of breather hose, re-route the breather to the rear, both fuel and breather hoses have dry break couplings half way along.
Other systems require the vent to be removed from the original fuel tank cap, you don't need to with the Nomad tank set up.
Check you've routed the hoses so they don't kink when the tank is lowered, connect the dry break connectors, fill with fuel and check for leaks.
Get out there and enjoy the ride without looking for the nearest petrol station.
So what's the fuel range now?
It's all theoretical really, our Africa Twin has a best of 430kms (gentle road cruising) to needing fuel at 280kms when loaded and having some fun in the dirt.
So with an added 45% of fuel, that should mean between 406 and 623kms depending on your right wrist, gearing, fuel quality etc...back to back on a 50/50 adventure ride we ran 2 tanks and got 480 and 450kms.
On a recent ride from the sunshine on the coast to snow in the highlands, a 5 ltr bladder was strapped over the NOMAD for a total of 32.5 lts.
If you want to put the pillion seat back on, it can be done in minutes. Remove one bolt from the rear of the tank and the existing two pillion seat bolts, connect the dry break connectors and the fuel/breather system is now back to it's standard configuration.
Installation with rear carry racks/plates will mean you'll need to add spacers to lift the plate over the rear edge of the tank.
*The main pic shows a short hose and breather vent on the NOMAD fuel cap, this was version 1 and has since been revised, if you have version 1, contact NOMAD Tanks for the updated vent system.
Mick Carey has been manufacturing NOMAD fuel tanks in Australia since 2000, increasing the fuel capacity for a wide range of bikes.
Check out the website and available tanks below.
See you out there!