Originally Posted by 03k12RS
Nice setup for fuel and water. Should get approx. 350 miles comfortably per fuel load. What method are you using to attach the top briefcase? Also wonder what you expect the loaded bike to weigh? Like the low profile of the fuel\water cell.
Actually I'm hoping to do rather better than that for range in standard rally cruise mode.
The top case is attached with four 8mm stainless bolts. Rubber fender washers inside and out keep it watertight.
Weight ... the tank weighs 12 lbs by itself. Add 4 gallons of fuel at 6 lbs/gal and 1.5 gallons of water at 8lbs/gal. Really it's like carrying a small passenger. I'll likely run the ESA at "two helmets" but really it shouldn't need that much preload. There is a baffle in the fuel side to prevent side-to-side handling problems due to slosh.
This will be my 5th time running the IBR. Each time I find myself carrying less stuff. I'll probably have less stuff packed on the bike for two-week rally than most folks truck around for a weekend overnighter.
Originally Posted by GT-1
I really love your auxiliary tank set up. Did you fabricate the tank yourself? Do you loose any affectiveness with the V1 under your topcase? Wouldn't it have to shoot through your body?
Thanks. Yes, I did fabricate it myself. I outsourced the powder coating because the cell was too big to fit in the old oven I have for that purpose.
The frontal sensitivity of the V1 is decreased but not enough to matter to me. I'd rather have great sensitivity to the rear anyway. That's where it can be tougher to track threats. Forward, there is no substitute for situational awareness anyway.