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May 1st 2016, 10:20 AM   #1
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

fire extinguisher as part of my MC packing list?

I do a lot of travelling and have always carried enough gear and tools for just about any roadside repair. But I have never considered carrying a fire extinguisher till now. Watched a KLR catch fire and die on a video this AM and it got me to thinking that having a small ABC type as part of my gear and tools would be a good idea?

Consumer reports did not like the small aerosol types due to not knowing if they were charged due to no pressure gauge. This was back in 2010 though.

Thoughts?

I have this in the cars and the green button on the top is the way to check if its still under pressure. A good size for a MC.
May 1st 2016, 10:28 AM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

I've seen several bike fires. If you have the room, why not?
May 1st 2016, 04:17 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
i have a box of baking soda in my trunk box i dont like the idea of a cylinder under high pressure on my bike... i had a can of fix a flat explode on a bike once and it broke a fearing and scared the living shit out of me
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May 2nd 2016, 08:44 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
Never thought of that. Googled and found that dry chem extinguishers are around 175 PSI. Wall thickness on extinguishers is a lot thicker than fix-a-flat cans but in the hot sun who knows. Our main fire risks are gasoline and electrical. Baking soda works OK on each.
May 2nd 2016, 08:53 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
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Originally Posted by MMcN49
Never thought of that. Googled and found that dry chem extinguishers are around 175 PSI. Wall thickness on extinguishers is a lot thicker than fix-a-flat cans but in the hot sun who knows. Our main fire risks are gasoline and electrical. Baking soda works OK on each.
also good for cleaning oil off your tire, cleaning your battery post, and cheaper takes up less space and so on
May 2nd 2016, 08:55 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

you'd have to be lucky to put out a fire completely with how much fire retardant that holds. Once a bike catches on fire it's usually GONE...
May 2nd 2016, 09:57 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

A huge wet towel possibly ?
May 2nd 2016, 11:22 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
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Originally Posted by Nathan
you'd have to be lucky to put out a fire completely with how much fire retardant that holds. Once a bike catches on fire it's usually GONE...
I had an electrical fire in the headlight housing of my 72 Beemer which I beat out with my gloved hand. For most 12 VDC electrical baking soda should work if you can get to the fire. Gasoline is another matter. On an efi you've got to kill power to the pump on carbs its the tank shutoff valve. Your chances of enveloping and smothering any type of fire are much better with an extinguisher.
May 2nd 2016, 02:19 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

-- If I do, the unit would not be in direct sunlight and would be shielded from the exhaust. I do like the idea of Bake-S in the box but I would prefer something under pressure to spray at the flames instead of tossing some soda on it.

The KLR I mentioned had an electrical fire that started under the seat. On the KLR one cannot remove the seat easily due to the side plastics and its bolted to the sub frame. A jet of pressurized fire retardant seems like a better choice.

Some of the aerosol cans spray material is also electrical safe meaning it won't short out any of the electrical connections. That could also strand a person.

Still thinking about this, thanks for some of your thoughts.
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May 2nd 2016, 08:52 PM   #10
 
  May 2016
  Oregon

This is an interesting idea. I reckon moto cops carry one, don't they?
May 3rd 2016, 05:55 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

it would have to be quickly accessible to have a chance of saving your bike from being devoured by flames


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Originally Posted by RatTrap69
This is an interesting idea. I reckon moto cops carry one, don't they?
reckon they always got one in the luggage bin. now that's a great reason to carry one - save someone else's ass or bike from being devoured!
May 3rd 2016, 06:20 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
I wouldn't bother, personally... The likelihood that you'll

a) have some kind of fire situation
b) be able to quickly access the fire extinguisher and
c) effectively use it

seems low. Very low...

I'd save the space for a first aid kit, or a sixxer of beer, or both.
May 5th 2016, 05:12 PM   #13
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Going with this type.

May 5th 2016, 10:14 PM   #14
 
  May 2016
  Oregon

That's awesome! Fires are rare, but having one of those handy could be life and death for you or someone else on the road.

Nice find, and safe travels!
May 6th 2016, 05:56 AM   #15
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  Feb 2016
  Skagit Valley

  2007 Ducati Multistrada
I'm going with I don't want my bike if it catches fire, let it burn I have insurance to get a new one.
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