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post #1 of 7 Old 06-03-2019, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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A safe place to stash extra wire...under fuel tank?

Sorry for vague question. Not sure how to phrase it...

Put shortly, I put on a few accessories to the vstrom. Most accessories come with enough wire to connect to your battery (usually 1 meter), but both of mine connected to a splitter that is put onto the heated grip connector, already up front.

So I had a ton of extra wire. I wrapped them up, put them inside a sandwich bag (wrapped and ziptied tight, for some slash protection), put THAT inside a black back to disguise the bundle (ziptied tight), and then stuffed it in this little pocket I found sorta under the fairing, kinda under the front part of the gas tank?... Ziptied to a metal bar there (number 6 on the diagram).

Is that ok? Am I risking it getting really hot or something? Or blocking airflow or something? Thanks.

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PS - Pictures NOT of my bike, just a photo I found on google images that allows me to put an arrow to clearly mark where I put that bag.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-03-2019, 10:39 PM
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You should not put just anything in there. that is where I keep my rain gear.
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Yah, but your rain gear isn't on his bike!
You have my permission to stash extra wire anyplace you find convenient on your bike. My extra wire is in a container in the top box.
Branson, I noticed there seems to be a lot of convenient real estate up front but have so many other hidey holes I haven't made use of the front of the bike.
I had visions of adding lobes to the gas tank and increasing capacity in that area.

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Yah, but your rain gear isn't on his bike!
You have my permission to stash extra wire anyplace you find convenient on your bike. My extra wire is in a container in the top box.
Branson, I noticed there seems to be a lot of convenient real estate up front but have so many other hidey holes I haven't made use of the front of the bike.
I had visions of adding lobes to the gas tank and increasing capacity in that area.
As far as increasing the gas tank capacity I wonder if somebody doesn't sell a bigger tank. that would get rid of some ugly plastic panels on my 05 wee. probably improve the aerodynamics which would be awful nice and give more range to the bike. does such a gas tank exist?
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Not that I know of. There are some old posts about adding a tower to the top of the tank. Really not a most attractive answer to more.
I had a chance to get a Wee gas tank cheap a while back but didn't and don't have the required metal working talents to do justice to the task.
I was able to get an after market Hein Gerike plastic gas tank for my BMW side car rig. It had a 10 gallon capacity. That's a tank!
The original BMW tank had a 6 gallon capacity.
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Since you don't list your bike model and year answers may not be very helpful.

On my V2 I stuffed a bunch of wire inside the main frame body. If I remember right there are 2 holes behind the steering head.

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I've been looking at those places to put the oil reservoir for the ScottOiler. In the end the reservoir ended up on the right hand side of the bike under the fairing, more or less the mirror image of where the R/R is located.

As long as the stuff you put in there doesn't interfere with the handlebar movement, and doesn't block the airflow around the radiator, you can use these hidy-holes for anything.

However, if these wires carry a lot of current (like wires for heated gear), then you need to know that you lose quite some volts across the length of these wires. For best results I would keep wires like that as short as practically possible. Same for a voltmeter: If you added one to your system, best results are obtained if the volt meter connects to the battery through dedicated wiring - not shared with any other electric consumers - and with the shortest wire run possible.
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