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Carrying a fire extinguisher

I spent $20 at my local hardware store for a dry powder fire extinguisher. I'm trying to figure out the best place to put it. It's got to be readily accessible and yet not too close to the gas tank.I have saddle boxes but I think it would involve dealing with the latches if the extinguisher were put there. Am wondering about putting it either in or on the outside of the sidecar. Any suggestions?
Howard
'74 Guzzi Eldorado and '72 Veolo 560

rear of the sidecar? not to close to the road grime?,....just a thought,..happy new year, crawf.

Just a personal thought and only my opinion, but I suspect the best place is to locate it inside your garage and forget it on the bike. Reason being, by the time you get to it and unlatch it for use, if lucky enough to do so in the first place, the rig will already be a disaster and having you close enough to it to do any good is risky business in the first place. Why get yourself hurt in trying to be a fire fighter?

Look at where most fires begin in sidecar rigs and you would likely find that you need to mount the thing in an area that is easily accessable for quick use. However, most such areas are not very asthetic in looks and probably worse as to what they do to the tip line dynamics of a rig.

Probably not the answer you want, but for me, I'd increase my insurance first if I was overly worried of a fire happening on my rig. It just seems like a safer bet. Besides, those cheapo fire extinguishers are not supposed to last forever without replacement, even if never used. Chances are pretty good that you will have a garage fire well before any on your sidecar, I suspect.

Pat,
If there was on an board fire I certainly wouldn't do anything heroically foolish but for $20 it gives me a little peace of mind.
I'm also fully covered on my insurance policy.
You're probably right about there being a great possibility of a garage fire.
Since I park my bike in the garage I figure putting it on the bike makes it available for that purpose as well.
Howard

You asked for suggestions, so this was mine and I meant no put-down intended in your choice to do such. Ultimately, if it makes you happy to have one on the hack, then by all means feel happy and do so. No one else has to be worried over your choice when it comes to that.

Me, it ain't my first choice though, so that was were I was comming from in what I said. Most sidecar fires I have seen on YouTube, other websites and such are not the sort of thing I'd wanna' try to put out with a fire extinguisher, as the gas tank on them was always too ready to blow from moment one of the fire. Not a pretty site to witness for the owners, but I am just not so sure any fire extinguisher at all would have helped in the least to save the rigs at the time.

Still, if it gives you peace of mind, then that is all you need to justify. You may well be correct, after all, so go for it. Post pics so we can all see the final application/installation on the rig. I'm interested in where you decide to locate it for the long run.

I consider the fire extinguisher useful for less than catastrophic fires. A tipped lantern or spark hitting a nylon tent come to mind. Not the smartest spot, but for now I carry mine in the magnetic tank bag. Easy to grab and run if needed. Eventually, this winter, I plan to mount an extinguisher bracket to each side of my trailer hitch. One for the extinguisher and the other for my 33 oz. MSR gas bottle.
Ext & MSR Locate
I'd like to find a double mount of some sort. Then I'd mount them side by side near the left rear of the sidecar.

I've carried a fire extinguisher in every vehicle I've owned ever since I lost a VW bus to an engine fire years ago (a not uncommon happening on older VW buses). The one time I needed one was when the bus burned to a shell. On the rig it lives in the trunk. Granted that it may or may not be of use in case of need, I'd still rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Originally written by Tomcat101147 on 1/3/2009 5:04 PM

I've carried a fire extinguisher in every vehicle I've owned ever since I lost a VW bus to an engine fire years ago (a not uncommon happening on older VW buses). The one time I needed one was when the bus burned to a shell. On the rig it lives in the trunk. Granted that it may or may not be of use in case of need, I'd still rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

I'm with you. And as far as them "Going bad", every five or six months, invert it and tap the bottom a couple times with a rubber mallet. The powder has a tendency to settle to the bottom and become a useless lump if you don't. I make a practice of doing it with each oil change. At the same time, I dump the MSR bottle in the gas tank and fill it with fresh gas.
For those of you who may be curious about the gas bottle, my wife likes to remind me that a fully loaded Moto Guzzi sidecar rig carrying two adults will travel an additional 6.9 miles to a gas station when someone forgets to top off before we leave town. :0) (She makes me carry two!)

I guess that carrying a fire extinguisher might not be a bad idea. If you do so, it needs to be in an area where you could readily access it should the bike catch fire. Unfortunately, if it's out in the open, it's very likely to be stolen. Sorry to say that, but I've found that anything that isn't locked, welded on, riveted or bolted tight can and will be taken by the criminals among us.

In many years of riding, the only motorcycles I've seen burn were during refueling. The owner let fuel drip onto a hot motor. That's probably the most likely scenario. Proper care during refueling will go a long way towards making sure that you never have a fire.

When employees are present in a work area, the General Safety Orders, state and federal, require that hand-held fire extinguishers be evacuated, refilled and re-pressurinzed at least once a year, although they will go longer than that in ordinary use.

There's no legal requirement that a private sidecar driver carry one but it's probably not a bad idea, especially if you travel on the road a lot.

Howard,

Here's my friend's BMW. He didn't have a fire extinguisher, but he did have a camera. :>)

Tom

GregsBike

Thanks Mike!