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Old 07-30-2011, 08:02 AM   #3181
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:22 AM   #3182
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Here's my Uly loaded and ready for Alaska! Heading out Tuesday for a month of non-stop riding!



Best wishes for a safe trip Mike.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:42 PM   #3183
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Mike,

I'd love to hear your thoughts on that fuel cell. How much does it hold? Affect on handling?

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:14 PM   #3184
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Mike,

I'd love to hear your thoughts on that fuel cell. How much does it hold? Affect on handling?

Thanks.
It's rated for 4 gallons, but I've never fit more than 3 in it; most likely due to filling it at an angle (bike on the kickstand). Still, it puts my range at about 300 miles, which is adequate. For serious touring on a Uly, I think a fuel cell is a necessity, and by mounting it to the back seat handling is not noticeably effected at all, and it allows for all the factory luggage to remain intact. My 2-up touring isn't nearly as hard core as solo, so I didn't need to figure out a way for the second tank to work with a passenger.

Here's my write-up, but it doesn't say much more than what I've stated above: http://www.mikef5000.com/ulysses-fuel-cell.html
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:48 PM   #3185
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I will second what MikeF5000 says, To do any real distance riding you need near 300 miles range to really make time or to say, go from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario to Thunder Bay at night. You need an Aux tank, and OK some big lights, But you get my drift. The normal 150 to 190 fuel range is to short for such a comfortable bike.

My install is a 3 gallon tank mounted on a Touratech rack, It is noticeable when it is full and in tight hard corners. But the minute the fuel lamp comes on, I dump it into the bike.
I am thinking about changing the location to be over the seat more and move that mass forward and lower, But it works fine and I have other things to improve on my bike first.

Plus in my riding, Stopping for gas is taking time away from getting bonus points !

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Old 08-01-2011, 05:38 PM   #3186
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Solo riding 3 weeks vacation trip, 2 weeks remaining.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:52 AM   #3187
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A few shots from a trip to North Carolina over the weekend; the first three are along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the last is looking at Chimney Rock (you can just pick it out if you know where to look).







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Old 08-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #3188
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Glad your out enjoying the 09er08er Hugh!
On a side note I have my 09 XP up for sale, hope I don't regret it like I did when I sold the CityX. I was plum sick for a year or so.
Hey I was close to your neck of the woods a few weeks ago, well closer than where I live anyway. Spent some time in Savannah.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:46 AM   #3189
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Well hoping to have some good pics in a week or so. Taking the wife to Sturgis for our honeymoon and have an 09 X for sale for a good price for any who are interested, I am keeping the bags. What ever replaces the X will be supported by Touratech. The bag mounts stay with the bike though.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:10 PM   #3190
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Brother Hugh,

I've been reading your posts over on BadWeB. Glad to see your putting some miles on that brand new motor.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:58 PM   #3191
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Fuel cell

I'm going to have to get a fuel cell. I just did a SaddleSore 1000 and let me tell you, stopping every two hours is tedious. I think I was pushing too hard at the start. Speed limits in NM are 75 on interstates, so I was going 80-85 and my mileage was not good, maybe 40-42. Later, when speed limits were 70, I went between 75-80 and my mileage recovered a bit. At one point, I was getting 48-50. That translated to 160 miles or so. Still, if I could get a 300 mile range, it would have saved me an hour or two on that Saddle Sore. Each gas stop is time consuming, especially when I'm documenting everything tediously to stay within the rules.

Took me just over 18 hours to get from Bernalillo, NM to Memphis, TN. I thought I was going to melt in OK, so I took an extra break to get hydrated.

Meanwhile, have a safe trip Mike. Look forward to that ride report!
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:21 AM   #3192
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I'm going to have to get a fuel cell. I just did a SaddleSore 1000 and let me tell you, stopping every two hours is tedious. I think I was pushing too hard at the start. Speed limits in NM are 75 on interstates, so I was going 80-85 and my mileage was not good, maybe 40-42. Later, when speed limits were 70, I went between 75-80 and my mileage recovered a bit. At one point, I was getting 48-50. That translated to 160 miles or so. Still, if I could get a 300 mile range, it would have saved me an hour or two on that Saddle Sore. Each gas stop is time consuming, especially when I'm documenting everything tediously to stay within the rules.

Took me just over 18 hours to get from Bernalillo, NM to Memphis, TN. I thought I was going to melt in OK, so I took an extra break to get hydrated.

Meanwhile, have a safe trip Mike. Look forward to that ride report!
Congrats on your ride You will find that three extra gallons of fuel will make a huge improvement in time management. Though you do need to stop every 250 miles for documentation purposes, I did a Lower lakes 1000 last Saturday and was able to do the run in 17:04 with 2 Border crossings and stopping to pay tolls to get receipts. If I did not have to cross the border and stop to pay tolls I would have had a low 16 hour run. The 250 mile legs knock a lot of time off a run.

Keeping hydrated is very important ! I have a insulated water jug mounted on my right rear passenger foot peg mount. I find that in 100 degree temps it will keep the ice for about 3 hours, I also found that in a SS1k I will fill the jug three times with ice and water during a run in high temps.



Ignore that broken lamp, That was the reason for the Lower lakes 1000, I was testing a new style mount.

Next week I run the Beast in the East, That has the possibility of 5 Saddlesore in a row

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Old 08-07-2011, 10:00 AM   #3193
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:17 PM   #3194
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Oh shit! Why you didn't close that damn bag? This is a good example why to cleanup the bags and close the zippers

If you do so, it will be a very nice pic. . .
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:13 PM   #3195
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Mike, wish you a great ride! Which front fender you are using?
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