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post #11 of 96 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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I'm waiting for drop tanks
What is a drop tank?

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Nice find, my friend, and at a Beemer parts store to boot AND you got out of there for less than a hundred bucks! THAT is rare in itself! lmao......

I have looked at fuel cells myself for the Exec and think I found the one I want. It holds 3 gallons, would replace the passenger backrest and the 'plumbing' would be pretty easy to install. They also sell pads for the cell so a passenger could use it as a backrest as well. I'd then have a 350+ mile range which would be real nice sometimes.

http://www.tourtank.com

I'd have to do a little research, though, on beefing up the area beneath where the passenger backrest is since gas weighs about 7 pounds a gallon and the tank would probably be another 5 pounds. Your solution, although not plumbed into the fuel system, is certainly a very attractive alternative.

And to christopher robbins, a fuel cell is basically an auxiliary fuel tank that many LD riders use to extend their range. Cells are typically 'plumbed into' the fuel system and controlled usually by a simple petcock so when you get low and there is no gas stations around or you just do not want to hassle with the stop at that point in time, you just turn the petcock and keep on riding. Some folks will install an electrical pump that will pump the gas from your aux tank to your OEM tank..it just depends on how much you are willing to spend on it.

If memory serves me correctly, IronButt rules mandate that no more than 11 gallons are onboard and that you HAVE to stop at least every 400 miles, proving that stop by a timed and dated gas receipt. They do this for safety reasons.

Morris Kruemke, riding a GoldWing posted the longest distance without stopping or touching a foot down with his fuel-laden Wing (not during an official IronButt Rally). He had nearly 35 extra gallons onboard that allowed him to cruise over 1200 miles without dabbing a toe to the turf. An amazing guy with a true Iron Butt!

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PS- Nadam...drop tanks are used by aircraft, mainly fighters, to extend their range. When they are empty, they just 'drop them off' to save weight and gain airspeed.

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My earlier post about the ease of setting this up as an aux tank would still be true untill the presure is figured in. Whad'a hear when you pop the gas cap?Fawhoossh!! Fairly high pressure. Still for long trips through or to nowhere it would be great,just as it is.
As an in town extenda tank to avoid gas stops,nope,well it could but would it be worth the venting and sealing. Mayhap when we get lines back at the pump.
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Thanks PR,

The advantage of this tank is that I only use it when I need it. Otherwise it sits on the rack and waiting for to be used. Any weekend long ride I just pop it in the trunk and I'm set for the 300+ miles. I don't use it for the daily commuting. Even for a 600 mile per day ride on a tour, I only need to fuel once during daytime and once just before the motel.

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Would it fit under an AN400 seat?

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Would it fit under an AN400 seat?
I'm guessing that it would. It fits inside of 15" rim as picture shows. I've never seen an AN400. Do you know anyone has an AN650 to size up?

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I'm fairly sure it would. I've owned both the 400 and 650 (both '05 models), and my dissappointment when I "moved up" to the 650 was that the trunk seemed smaller (although the stats show the have the same capacity).

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I really like the fuel cell you have shown, and I placed a $95 bid on ebay for a new one---will go to $110-----I am planning a 2,500 mile trip on my '05 Burg 650 in April, so going on out-back roads with extra fuel will help (even though I don't really like carrying auxiliary fuel)----will leave southern California ---through Los Vegas---to St George Utah for first night----then on north on 15 to Beaver, UT where I'll go east on 70----will get to my daughter's ranch in Whitewater, CO the next day----will do some work for her for a few days, then north on a small road to Rawlins, WY----there, I'll turn west to Salt Lake City----to San Francisco---then south on Highway one to home----I have no idea how many days it will take, but at 72 years old, still upright and moving forward, I'm going to do this on my own ----and really enjoy it ---If it takes 6 months, that's fine----The BMW fuel cell will help with an extra 2.5 gallons out on the back roads-------also purchased a Corbin seat to help on the long days.....Ev

I am enjoying the Burg 650...interested in seat mods and touring soon---retired teacher so have the time. Tell me about good mods to Burg 650....Thanks...Ev
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Your trip sounds great! Make sure you bring a camera so you can post lots of photos.

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That sounds fantabulous!!! I'd like to meet with you before your trip if possible. How about cook's corner? Any weekend is good for me. Any other so-cal takers? We can shake the whole cook's corner with our silent silencer.

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