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post #1 of 17 Old 02-07-2007, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Adding a fuel cell

I finished my fuel cell installation tonight. I have some testing to do now ). I picked the "beer Keg" fuel cell because it was the size I wanted (3.5 gallons) and it came with mounting brackets. I also plan to transfer with an electric pump (located behind the left side cover). My thinking with this arrangement is that I won't have to have a cut-off valve - the electric pump should stop the flow when it isn't running. Here are a couple of pics.



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I finished my fuel cell installation tonight.
And my one immediate question: why?
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post #3 of 17 Old 02-07-2007, 10:57 PM
 
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Extened riding time, less gas stops especially where gas stations are few and far between on the backroads. I have a fuell cell on my FJR that meets IBA standard 11.5 gallons of fuel that allows me about a 450 mile range. At night stretching the distance its nice to know that the next station is already on the bike.
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Looks good Andy. How does the weight effect and or fluid movement in the cell affect the handling? If you aren't doing an iron butt ride, maybe you could put a little beer in it for a real "tail" gate party, LOL.

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Looks like a bomb. :-)

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Is this something you plan to keep on there full-time or when you need it???

You won't find many others with that "look" and it'll be a good conversation starter when you do stop... No more looking for a gas station to relieve yourself, just pull off the road, take a whizzer and back on your way you go, no matter where you are!

I'll be interested if you ever "really" need it or if it's mostly peace of mind. I guess if you have it, you'll use it!

Regardless of the look or function, it's something you did and are proud of it!

Good job!

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Is this something you plan to keep on there full-time or when you need it???

You won't find many others with that "look" and it'll be a good conversation starter when you do stop... No more looking for a gas station to relieve yourself, just pull off the road, take a whizzer and back on your way you go, no matter where you are!

I'll be interested if you ever "really" need it or if it's mostly peace of mind. I guess if you have it, you'll use it!

Regardless of the look or function, it's something you did and are proud of it!

Good job!

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I like the setup. I too ride where fuel stops are far and few between. I have considered just strapping a gas can on the bike,but dont like the idea of dropping my bike and havig gas go everywhere.
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why?

Why? I am planning to do a 100CCC - Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast in 100 hours. I did this ~5 years ago with a couple of friends and we called ourselves Los Tres Amigos. We are calling this ride the Los Tres Amigos Reunion Ride. I wanted to be able to ride 260 miles between gas stops. When I did this before, it was on a full dress touring bike. Out in the desert, where we seemed to be constantly climbing, and we were riding into a strong headwind, mileage went way down (10 gallons for 260 miles). I figure the Wee-Strom will do this run on 9 gallons. Besides that, I figure the fuel tank will be a great place for my Bud Light #8 decals.

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Another 100CCC huh. Is it the same Los Tres Amigos? I don't think I've seen any posts anywhere from Joe in Alabama. Is he still on the same GS? Who was the other guy from Texas with the cigars and the wing? I hope he brings plenty of toilet paper this time, LOL (I remember the stories). I've seen that scenery for the 50CC and 100CCC I did so that I truly admire you wanting to see all that real estate again. I even saw it all again last year when I bought my 04 ST1300 in San Diego and rode it back to NC. What is the date for your start? Are you going out from Tybee Island or Jax?

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