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post #1 of 14 Old 09-07-2014, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hinged Tank Design.....Why and What good is it?

Replacing my air filter, among other things, and pulled the tank off the Vee (K2). It seems to me that hinging the tank has little value, so why did they do it? Maybe I am missing something?

Is there a list of maintenance items you can do with the tank down, hinged up and on the stand (I don't see any value to that feature yet), and fully removed?

I don't mind removing the tank, frankly, it wouldn't be hard except that you have to remove practically the whole cowling system it seems.

Please enlighten me! I would like to not remove more than I have to and know when I definitely need to, etc.

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Two things that come to mind quickly are the TPS adjustment and Syncing the throttles, but I expect there are more.
Also, you don't have to remove as much as the manual calls for. Some panels can be loosened and spread, or otherwise repositioned.
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Disconnecting and reconnecting the hoses and fuel pump connector is sure easy with the tank hinged up. Seems it would be a PITA otherwise.

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Several motorcycles have hinged tanks. Some tilt up much more easily.
Just a design feature. I found tank removal a rather simple task, hinge bolt and all.
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Being able to lift the tank but still have it secured to the bike when you start the motor is very handy.

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After youve gone through the removal steps a couple times it wouldnt be an issue, maybe even relize the advantages.

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I use the hinge feature quite often, so call me one who sees the merits of such.

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Agreed...nice to be able to prop it up to disconnect the fuel lines prior to lift off. Also, I concur that if you loosen up the panels, you can sort of squeeze them out of the way to raise the tank up prior to removing it.

TPS adjustment? Really? With the air box in place, all the electrical lines and other lines running on the left side, propping up the tank (for me) doesn't help me reach the TPS from the top of the engine. But I can see the TPS from underneath and through the frame on the left side. When the tank is down, does it block that side access (didn't notice this prior to removing it)???

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TBS with only tank propped?

With the air box out, you put the tank back on (so you can run the engine) and then do the TBS.....right? You can reach up to the front to the adjustment screw okay? I guess its a little bit of a feel but not see it directly game?

Any hot parts to watch out for in that operation?

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It's not as useful as it could be. On other bikes I've seen you can lift the tank up considerably on the hinge and prop it, leaving enough room underneath to access the airbox, intakes, etc, without removing the tank. On the Vee it really only seem to be useful to provide a little room while you connect or disconnect things under the tank.
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