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How do increase fuel capacity of a liter bike. I've heard of hardcaore sport tourers increasing fuel capacity of their bikes. I would think it would involve an after market tank. I'm thinking about increasing the fuel range of a 954. Anyone have any experience with this?
 

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How do increase fuel capacity of a liter bike. I've heard of hardcaore sport tourers increasing fuel capacity of their bikes. I would think it would involve an after market tank.
It exactly entails adding an aftermarket tank.

Warchild, who is probably one of the more well known distance riders out there, has done his fair share of mods to support serious distance riding.

This linky is to the setup on his previous steed, a Blackbird..

Aftermarket Fuel Cells
 

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Buy another stock tank, and take both tanks to a fabrication shop. between the two tanks, they should be able to increase the capacity of the tank. This is probibly an expensive option, but endurance racers have been doing this sucessfully for years.
 

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Buy another stock tank, and take both tanks to a fabrication shop. between the two tanks, they should be able to increase the capacity of the tank. This is probibly an expensive option, but endurance racers have been doing this sucessfully for years.
Just make sure to leave yourself room to move the bars full lock, such as it is on modern sportbikes :D
 

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I thought for sure I would look in your sig and find out you have a SuperHawk. The only reason I haven't bought one is the fact that you have to stop every 5 miles to gas up!

Honda? Are you listening??

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yeah SH range is poop, no doubt
they make some carbon fiber tanks, but way too much money
 

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You could buy one of those camel packs some are larger and just carry gas around. Just don't drink it. Im half way joking.........

Then we could call you a Camel Jocky!
 

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I suppose something could be designed and built so that it bolts on where the fuel filler is (using a gasket/seal to join the two, of course), and sits on top of the stock tank like a hard-sided tank bag for two or three extra gallons. You could even shape and pad the back of it to give you something comfortable to lean on while you go those extra miles.

Or perhaps a hollow plastic dummy shaped like a passenger that sits behind you. Plumb a hose from the dummy's, uh, "lower regions" through a pump to your tank. Fill the dummy up with gasoline (through the filler in the top of its head) and you're 2-up for the long haul! When you're low on fuel, just pump some out of the dummy. Thank you, Gas Buddy!

Or maybe a hollow harpoon attached to a pump. Just find some truck or SUV where the driver is immersed in an all-important cellphone conversation, roll up behind, puncture their tank, and suck their fuel into your bike! It's in-flight refueling for bikes!

Or perhaps the solution is to burn less gas. You could fab-and-fit a special set of intake manifolds on two of your cylinders that, when a switch is thrown, pull air from a separate filter instead of through the carbs. With just the flip of a switch, you'll be riding a frugal twin instead of a thirsty literbike!

-Swan (who dropped out of college when he found out there was no degree offered in the field of Mad Science)
 

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how about stripping the trunk area, combine it with a seat cowl thing, make it water/gas tight and have a line leading into the stock fuel tank?

u could have it be part of ur tank or have it be like a reserve and turn it on and it lets all the fuel into the main tank... i dunno i think this would be the least evasive and stealthy...
 

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Thanks for the posts. Went to the guys website and looks pretty interesting. I had actually thought about taking two tanks and fabricating them into one but not sure how that would look and how much it would cost. I'm thinking about just straping on an extra 2 or 3 gallon fuel cell to my bags when I go long distance riding as a reserve. If anyone has anymore ideas let me know! Looking for a permenant solution.
 

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Ummm...buy a sport-tourer? :nanana
 

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On a lot of modern sportbikes, half your "fuel tank" area is taken up by the airbox. You could do some creative plumbing and an external air filter to recover some of that "lost" space and keep all of your gas in the gas tank.If I did this with my SV, I could probably gain another gallon and a half.
 

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They sell aftermarket tanks with larger capacities as well as fuel cells that you can connect to your primary tank. Of course there's the cheap ass penny pincher way is to carry fuel in an MSR camping fuel bottle.
 

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I like that idea the most. To get a fuel cell with a manual lever w/ a bracket it costs about $800. I'm sure if you were to do most of the fabrication yourself you could cut costs significantly. For rolling around the usa though it would probable be sufficent to just have 2.5-3 gallon container straped to the back and pull over and fuel up the tank when need. I was looking on the summit racing website and was considering using a fuel cell for dragsters. Alot of cheaper if anyone is thinking about making a second gas tank system.
 
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