PegPacker. Funny name, what is it? It’s an auxiliary fuel or fluid or cargo carrying system for your motorcycle.
It mounts to the passenger footpeg and provides a stable platform for a fuel container. It comes in 1-gallon or 2-gallon sizes. To mount the kit you need a special bracket designed to fit your make and model.
Please Note: In May 2014 we switched to a new design for the red jug. It’s more rectangular than the old style. Old style is shown in the photo at left and on many of the installation pages; the new style works the same way.
New red are rectangular:
1-Gal 2-gal Length 8.25″ 10.25″ Width 6.5″ 7.5″ Height 9.0″ 10.0″
PegPacker kits are sold individually (not in pairs). There are no lefts or rights – the kit will fit on either side. It fits these motorcycles:
BMW: F650GS and F800GS twins, G650GS, G650XCountry, R1100GS, R1150GS and Adventure, R1200GS and Adventure, R1200GS Water Cooled, and K1600GT.
KTM: 640, 690, 950, and 990 (this is actually the same kit as the BMW)
Suzuki: DL1000 V-Strom (sorry none for the DL650 Wee-Strom)
Triumph: Tiger F800
Yamaha: Super Tenere 1200
Modifications: BMW F650 Funduro and Dakar riders will need to make minor modifications to the aluminum ingot in the kit. Standard BMW kit comes with an aluminum ingot, at upper right. F650Funduro and Dakar riders will need to file the ingot notch a bit deeper, as shown lower left. Ditto for Yamaha Tenere riders – file that notch a wee bit deeper.
PegPacker also fits KTM (see photos at bottom of page). Each kit contains everything you’ll need to fit the PegPacker to your passenger foot peg. The kit includes the red plastic container and nylon retaining straps.
For cargo applications, you can purchase the mounting bracket separately (without the red container), and fit your own ammo can or other container onto the bracket. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for details.
Why did we make the PegPacker? We’ve been on several rides where fuel (or water) were in short supply. The gas tank on our BMW simply didn’t hold enough go-juice to get us from Point A to Point B. When we rode past the Arctic Circle to Prudhoe Bay we had to carry a plastic fuel can, strapped precariously to the top of the pannier or luggage rack. You can see that red fuel containter strapped to the back of our bike. Photo taken 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
One of our customers sent us this note regarding his own Alaskan Adventure: After retiring I treated myself to a ride to Alaska from the east coast. I had my share of flats on the Campbell highway, burned rear brakes on the Cassiar highway, and had many other adventures. However I didn’t run out of gas because I used the Peg Packer fuel carrier as a safety net. I also used it to assist a stranded motorcyclist 50 miles out of Chicken, AK. The Peg Packer didn’t shake loose on the rough roads of the Yukon and Alaska – you’ve achieved a design success! – Jim McFadden, NJ
When we rode the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada we carried a couple gallons of water for the dry southwestern desert stretches and for the arid conditions of Wyoming’s Great Basin. It’s a good thing we did – we’d been riding for several hours when we came upon a solitary hiker, trekking across the desert in the middle of Absolutely Nowhere. She was in dire need of water so we gave her all we could spare. That episode proved the point that you should always carry extra water and fuel, even if you don’t expect you’ll need it.
At one point along the CDR I had to beg my riding buddy for more fuel. It was clear I wouldn’t make the next fuel checkpoint before the tank ran dry. The stock R12GS tank just didn’t have the range for the course we’d charted, so we transferred gas from his 11-gallon TT tank. Talk about high fuel prices – those two gallons cost me dearly! You’d think a friend would actually GIVE you gas in the wilderness… for free… but I guess NOT ! I paid the asking price, but I was clever enough to give him with a post-dated check, which I cancelled before he could make the deposit. Moral of the story – carry extra fuel when you’re headed out for adventure.
We’ve recently added a BMW F800GS to the stable, so on-board fuel capacity and cruising range have taken on a more important priority. The 4.2 gallon tank gives us a practical range of around 200 miles – not nearly far enough for those places we ride. You can’t get a larger aftermarket tank – the fuel is carried beneath the seat – so all we could think to do is start strapping on fuel canisters, somewhere on the bike, here and there, where space allowed.
Could we bolt one of those clever ATV fuel cells to the panniers? Yes, perhaps, but the extra weight would add stress to panniers that were already overloaded with gear. Could we bolt a fuel cell to the rear luggage rack? Yes, perhaps, but the weight would be up too high, and the canister it would take up valuable cargo space. An aftermarket fuel tank was out of the question – too expensive. There had to be another solution.
The mental gears started churning…. What if we could use the passenger foot peg brackets as mounting points for a fuel/fluid carrier? After all, if the bracket can hold the weight of a passenger, surely it can hold the weight of a couple gallons of fuel or water.
We went in search of a suitable fuel canister. Our experience in Alaska proved that a product made by Blitz® was an excellent design. It was compact, lightweight sturdy, reliable, had it’s own vented spout, had a hole in the handle for a tie down strap, and it came in 1-gallon and 2-gallon sizes.
We sat down at the design table and we came up with stainless steel and aluminum bracket that would fit the existing passenger foot peg brackets. After a few prototypes we had the designthat would fit the new F800GS, but we also wanted the system to fit other BMW GS motorcycles. After a few more hours we came up with a system that also fit the R1100GS, the R1150GS, the R1200GS, and the R1200GS Adventure. To install the system, all you to do is pull the passenger peg and install the bracketry.
We decided to call our new creation the “PegPacker“. Originally designed to carry fluids, it can also be used as a mounting platform for a RAM Mounts® for cameras, or for ammo cans, or other bits. Upcoming models will be able to carry small modular cargo compartments. Stay tuned.
Back to the cruising range of the F800GS. The onboard fuel tank capacity of 4.2 gallons gives a measly range of 200 miles. A pair of 1-gallon PegPackers extends the range to over 300 miles. A pair of 2-gallon jugs gives the bike a range of over 400 miles. Now we’re talking! Shown below on an F800GS, left side, 1 gallon size
The PegPacker can be mounted on the left or right side of the motorcycle, and comes in 1-or 2-gallon sizes. It’s designed to fit closely to the sides of bike, inboard of the panniers. Because the Blitz® is mounted above the passenger foot peg, there’s minimal loss of rider leg space. In other words, when you’re dog-paddling the GS through a sand wash, you probably won’t even know the PegPacker’s back there.
The PegPacker is held to the aluminum carrier with a heavy duty nylon strap and buckle system. It’s secure on the road or trail, but can still be removed in seconds.
Views of a pair of PegPackers on the F800GS. This bike has been outfitted with Metal Mule panniers and is headed to South America.
The same containers that are designed to carry fuel can also be used to carry water or other fluids. Just wash the container thoroughly and mark the outside with a white paint stencil, or wrap the handle with white electrical tape. Don’t plan on using a fuel container as a water carrier – once you put fuel in the can it’s no longer usable for potable water again.
Here’s the 2-gallon size on the right side of an F800GS. Strap has not been fitted yet.
R1150GS Adventure, with a 1-gallon PegPacker. Strap has not been fitted yet.
R1150GS with a 2-gallon PegPacker. There’s still plenty of clearance for the rider’s leg. As a practical note, if you’re dog-paddling in the sand, the PegPacker WILL limit the amount you can move your leg to the rear.
R1200GS with a 1-gallon PegPacker. Strap has not been fitted yet.
R1200GS (standard) with a 2-gallon PegPacker. Strap has not been fitted yet.
R1200GS Adventure with a 2-gallon PegPacker. Strap has not been fitted yet.
Want more photos of the PegPacker? Go to our Smugmug site:Click here
Here’s a photo of the PegPacker on a KTM 950 (fitment is the same on a 650, 990, or other KTM variants that share the 950 passenger footpeg design):
For more photos of the PegPacker on a KTM, click HERE.
Some riders have wondered if they’ll hit their leg on the PegPacker bracketry when riding in difficult or “technical” conditions. In those situations you might consider removing the brackets (as well as your saddlebags). Here’s a series of photos taken from a tripod, showing the PegPacker on the F800GS. The bracket doesn’t take up any more room than the passenger footpeg.
Rider footpeg is at lower left.
Photo 1 shows passenger footpeg folded up.
Photo 2 shows passenger footpeg extended.
Photo 3 shows the PegPacker bracket in place
The PegPacker has more applications than just as a fluid carrier. Instead of mounting a Blitz container, you can mount other items on top of the shelf. Here’s a couple ammo cans we fitted so we could carry tools and other gear. That’s a .30 caliber can on the left, a .50 caliber can on the right.
Note: If you have BMW Vario bags and an R12GS, the forward placement of those bags may limit the space available for mounting an ammo can. It’ll still fit, but you’ll experience reduced clearance between your heel and the can.
Use your imagination – you could even mount a camera using a Ram ball system.
Q. Will a PegPacker fit with your brand of panniers? A. If a passenger could put their feet on their pegs, then PegPacker will fit.
Q. Will the PegPacker fit my bike? A. At this time we can only confirm fitment on certain models of BMW and KTM. (see para. 2 at the top of this page). Other brands are under development. We don’t promise fitment on models we haven’t personally confirmed.
Q. Do I have to order a “left” or a “right” unit? A. PegPackers are designed to fit on either side.
Q. Is the red Blitz canister included with the kit? A. Yes. Replacements can also be purchased from BestRest.
Q. How sturdy is the mounting system? A. The PegPacker has been successfully field tested from the tip of North America (Prudhoe Bay AK in the dead of winter), to the tip of South America (Tierra Del Fuego), and points in between. ‘Nuf said.
Q. Do I need to modify the motorcycle? A. No, this is a bolt-on kit. Pull your passenger footpeg and replace it with the brackets and hardware we provide. You will need to drill four 1/4″ holes in the aluminum carrier that holds the fuel jub, once you determine exactly how you want your Blitz canister to fit on your bike. We don’t drill those holes because every rider has their own idea of how they want the jug to fit.
Although the PegPacker has been tested on the streets and highways of America and other places around the world, we recommend “it be used for off-road purposes only.” You know what that means.
“PegPacker” is a trademark of BestRest Products, LLC