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I'm looking for a manufacture that makes a Aux fuel cell for the Voyager, and any ideas on where to put it.
 

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You wont find one specific for the Voyager, but you can find one that will fit in a saddlebag or trunk. I have seen guys with
ones made to strap on the trunk/seat.

We used bladders in our patrol bikes (HD) but they were made to fit in the radio box. I would patrol over 100 miles away from anywhere.

I would put it in the left saddlebag. You might get up to a 4 gallon bladder in there.

Just do a search for a 3 or 4 gallon soft fuel bladder/cell. You will of course have to drill holes in the saddlebag.

Not really sure why you would want one unless you live far between gas stations like I did in Nevada.... SOme places were 185 miles between gas. I always carried 2 quart plastic oil cans full of gas when we went that way. Which was most of the time. Only needed them once, but others I rode with used them all the time. The Venture had a 6 gal tank.
 

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I need my trunk, I'm doing more and more ironbutt rides and want to do a BBG this summer, if I can get my vacations lined up right next yr I'd like to try the Utah 1088. I've done 3 saddlesores and with the small tank it would be nice to have a few more gallons.
 

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I'm also wanting to put a hydration system on the bike and wonder if anybody has pics if they put one on the voyager. Just trying to get some ideas together.
 

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I'm trying to find it, but somewhere on this forum someone did that with a VN1700 and what I believe was a stainless beer keg. Essentially, they fabricated a mount, mounted it to the passenger seat. It held around 5 gallons I think? It then had an internal fuel pump so that the rider could flip a switch and pump fuel into the main fuel tank (where the bikes fuel pump lives, on an FI bike it's a bit more complicated to just 'switch tanks', pumping fuel INTO the main tank is a better option).

Do some searching and see if you can find it, it HAS been done. But I think that's the best solution out there; using your passenger seat.
 

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I'm looking for a manufacture that makes a Aux fuel cell for the Voyager, and any ideas on where to put it.
Check out http://www.tourtank.com/tanks.html. They have every size from 1 to 10 gallons, and all accessories needed. I ALMOST put one on my Yamaha Stratoliner when I had it, because it only has a 4.5 gal tank.
 

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This might not be a feasible idea but how much would it cost to have a custom fuel tank made?? With the size of the bike I'm sure a good fabricator could make a 8-9 gallon tank fit the lines of the bike?? Heck even a 10 gallon tank, it would look much better then a spare tank sitting on your passanger seat.
 

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This might not be a feasible idea but how much would it cost to have a custom fuel tank made?? With the size of the bike I'm sure a good fabricator could make a 8-9 gallon tank fit the lines of the bike?? Heck even a 10 gallon tank, it would look much better then a spare tank sitting on your passanger seat.
Something I personally think would be really cool, is someone fabricating two fuel cells that would fit perfectly into each saddlebag. Even if they were half-height; by having it in each you have balanced weight. I bet you could get 10 gallons of fuel across the two saddlebags. Plenty of storage still in the trunk, passenger seat, trailer, whatever.
 

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life. keep it simple. it worx mor better

am not sure where you guys ride that would have you freaked out about fuel? I ride all over N.america and never have been more than 50 miles from some station. all my tour bikes get 250+ range. I make a point to fill up every 150 or so.. almost never get below half a tank. and yes I ride ALL the backroads in the boonies.
it just seems to me that folks who DONT travel much worry about stuff that never happens. If I thot I was going somewhere where there mite not be a refuel, I would just carry a spare (full) can. they make plenty 1-2-5gal jugs for <five bux. should you run low or out, just pull over and top off. If you should lose it, well yor out 5bux. ez nuff to get nuther at the next fillin station.

more likely you'll run into some lady in a car who ran out and you will be in a position to help. or even another biker? the upside is you can give them some rescue rite ther on the spot, w/o having to ride an hour up the road and back to fetch some fuel.. cant do that with an integrated fuel cell unless you carry a siphon hose.. would you? siphon? how much? see what I mean?

dont make this more complicated than it has to be. and the upside is your not burdened with all that extra fuel or capacity when you ride normal like 99.9% time. poncho
 

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am not sure where you guys ride that would have you freaked out about fuel? I ride all over N.america and never have been more than 50 miles from some station. all my tour bikes get 250+ range. I make a point to fill up every 150 or so.. almost never get below half a tank. and yes I ride ALL the backroads in the boonies.
it just seems to me that folks who DONT travel much worry about stuff that never happens. If I thot I was going somewhere where there mite not be a refuel, I would just carry a spare (full) can. they make plenty 1-2-5gal jugs for <five bux. should you run low or out, just pull over and top off. If you should lose it, well yor out 5bux. ez nuff to get nuther at the next fillin station.

more likely you'll run into some lady in a car who ran out and you will be in a position to help. or even another biker? the upside is you can give them some rescue rite ther on the spot, w/o having to ride an hour up the road and back to fetch some fuel.. cant do that with an integrated fuel cell unless you carry a siphon hose.. would you? siphon? how much? see what I mean?

dont make this more complicated than it has to be. and the upside is your not burdened with all that extra fuel or capacity when you ride normal like 99.9% time. poncho
I've gone 100+ miles without seeing fuel before out west. But if I pulled out a map and LOOKED for it I probably could've found it; I just never saw it on my route.

I know aux tanks are popular with the "iron butt rally" crowd. It's a timed 1,000 mile ride. You can't speed (if you break the 'minimum time' you'll be disqualified), but every pit stop piles on more time. An Aux tank means they can go farther without stopping.

I also know the VN1700 has the shortest range of the line. Every time I've seen this discussion come up, it's been about the VN1700. It's got the same sized fuel tank as the Vulcan 900 which can go about 200~250 miles, and almost twice the engine. According to "Fuelly", which is a website where users can input their fuel economy data each time they fuel up, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager is averaging owners around 35mpg. 5 gallons, 35mpg, that's realistically a 150 mile range. I know 35x5 is 175 but that's assuming you're getting exactly 35mpg and at mile 175.0 you can coast into a gas station with your now depleted bike.

Personally, yeah; I'm like you. I fuel up every 150 miles or so on a long ride anyway. I'm ready for a stop. That's a couple of hours into it, realistically. But then you'll never catch me at an iron butt rally. 1,000 miles of interstate riding where you don't stop to check things out sounds like a chore; not fun.
 

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spend a ton of money and fu yor sled for some maybe 1 time in yor life excursion that may/may not need a little extra fuel? when you could just use common sense and fill up at that last station b4 heading out in the boonies. and why not just carry a spare bottle of petrol on the back..
iron butt'rs have rust on thier brains. to subject your body and your bike to such abuse for just the braggin rites is.. rust on the brains. its different if you have to be somewhere by noon tomorrow and theyr isnt an airplane available? but to ride 500 miles out and turn it around, non stop.. rust.. brain.. poncho
 

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spend a ton of money and fu yor sled for some maybe 1 time in yor life excursion that may/may not need a little extra fuel? when you could just use common sense and fill up at that last station b4 heading out in the boonies. and why not just carry a spare bottle of petrol on the back..
iron butt'rs have rust on thier brains. to subject your body and your bike to such abuse for just the braggin rites is.. rust on the brains. its different if you have to be somewhere by noon tomorrow and theyr isnt an airplane available? but to ride 500 miles out and turn it around, non stop.. rust.. brain.. poncho
My sentiments EXACTLY. However, if someone else wants to spend hundreds of dollars on their bike, so they can have a 13-15 gallon fuel capacity, good for them, I guess. When I tow my Lees-ure Lite camper, I have a 2.5 gallon Sceptor gas can strapped in the cooler rack on the camper. Otherwise, I have a 1 liter fuel bottle in my saddlebag, for an emergency. That will get me about 10-11 miles down the road without having to walk, which should be more than enough to find a station. I can't see why on Earth someone would feel the need to have a range in tank of over 500 miles. Maybe if I was crossing the Sahara Desert....
 

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I have done 900, 1000 mile days lots of times. Before the term Iron Butt was ever mentioned...

I would never want to go over 250 miles between gas fill ups. I do not minding stopping 6 to 10 minutes for 6 or 7 times in a thousand miles.

When I lived in Nevada it was 1,108 miles from my driveway in central NV to my mothers driveway in Clovis NM. I made that trip only stopping for gas at least 150 times in the 33 years I lived in NV.

Our MC club in NV did 600 mile Saturday lunch runs. From where we lived the next "anything" was 200 miles. Gas 180 miles going East. Walmart 250... That is ONE WAY miles...

I have seen gas bladders in Goldwing trikes that guys needed pulling large camping trailers.
 
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