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Aux Fuel Tank

Discussion in 'Stelvio Chat & Tech' started by Ray R, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. londonrob

    londonrob Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    That tanks a nice piece of work.
    I just wish Rotopax had a UK distributor, that would solve my problem!
     
  2. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    We've made some more progress. We now have the supports mounted to the tank. This took a lot of effort as their positioning and size had to be precise. We just have the latch pin left to fabricate and mount. But the rest is looking pretty good! If you recall from a previous post, I'm using a short piece of 5/8" auto heater hose to cover the front mounting pins on the bike so they don't get scratched up by the tank's front brackets.

    I still plan to have the tank coated, probably using some sort of "Line-X" type material to hide the welds. It'll be black to match the bike trim.

    Here are some photos of the tank supports and what the tank looks like mounted on the bike. It does make for a nice backrest.
     

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  3. Mike.C

    Mike.C GT Reference

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    Nice one Ray.
     
  4. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Well gents, I have good news and bad news. First the good news.

    We finished the tank tonight. I still want to get it coated, but the welder is done. The tank mounts into place just like the passenger seat. It snaps down and fits snug. All in all, a really nice piece of work.

    The bad news? This thing COSTS MONEY!!! If one of you guys wanted one, it will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,500 just for the tank. That doesn't include any of the electronics, pump, valve, coating, hardware, shipping, etc.

    If anyone out there has more money than brains, and feels they absolutely must have one of these works of art, let me know and we'll get you hooked up. Otherwise, I'd suggest waiting for Big Tex to finish his project and see how it turns out. Or visit tourtank.com and buy a 4-7 gallon keg tank for $199 or so and figure out the mounting on your own.

    Happy Trails!!!!

    Ray

    P.S. I'll post pics of the final product once it's coated. And, just so you know, I'm just as happy to have a one-off tank design that won't be duplicated. :p
     
  5. azccj

    azccj Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I've been following this post for awhile even though I don't own a Stelvio and first off let me say that is one nice job you did there. When it's coated it will look like a factory accessory piece.

    I really like the look of the Stelvio and it may have been my next bike if it wasn't for the fuel range as it comes stock. Guzzi in typical Italian fashion put form ahead of function when designing the bike and put too small a tank on it. I'm sure a few who bought a BMW R1200gs may have looked at the Stelvio if it wasn't for the small tank. My current bike is a Norge and with it's 6.1 gallon tank I can go reliably between 250 and 275 miles between fill ups. I'm not saying that the small Stelvio tank is a deal breaker for me and an ABS model may be in my future at some point but if Guzzi had any sense they would have made the tank at least 7 gallons that way they would have one up on the BMW and would have sold a lot more of them.

    Hey MG, if you read these forums here is my suggestion if you want to sell more of these things. Redesign the Stelvio tank to hold at least 7 gallons. Put the new tank on the 2011 model Stelvio and when redesigning it make sure it can be retrofitted on the older Stelvios and sell it as an accessory. Just my two cents......for what it's worth.
     
  6. StelvioGT

    StelvioGT Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Update BigTex?
     
  7. Ken

    Ken Just got it firing!

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    Do you have the tank coated yet? Love to see a photo of the finished article.
     
  8. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I don't have the finished product yet. It's at the paint shop and should be done by the end of this week. I'll post pics this weekend if I get the chance.

    Ray
     
  9. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    The tank is done. The finish is on. The gas is in. I'm ready to go!!!!!!

    This project has finally come to an end. While it has taken a large amount of time as well as $$$, I'm happy with the results.

    Here are some pics of the final product. I hope to see you all out on the road sometime. And if you're out of gas, maybe I can help! ;)
     

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  10. DanPez

    DanPez Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I gotta say that a beautiful job!!!
    Cheers
     
  11. azccj

    azccj Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Very nice job. Is the finish on the tank rolled on rubberized truck bed liner?
     
  12. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    It was sprayed on. And I think it's called something like "Gator Guard". It's an epoxy bed liner material.
     
  13. kmartin

    kmartin Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Looks good, Ray. Hope you get some serious miles on it soon to see how well the plumbing works.
     
  14. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I've already put some miles on it, and the plumbing works great. When the low fuel light comes on, I simply flip the switch and the fuel transfers for 5 minutes. One 5 minute cycle gets the main tank about 1/2 full. It takes 4 cycles to empty the aux tank.

    I don't really notice that it effects handling at all. And it makes for a nice back rest on those longer rides. I will, however, add some sort of pad there at some point.
     
  15. DanPez

    DanPez Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I was searching for tank bags and fell upon this site where they custom make covers for all sorts of accessories:
    http://www.customtankbags.com/galleryaux.htm

    As an idea .....?

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  16. StelvioGT

    StelvioGT Tuned and Synch'ed

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  17. Ray R

    Ray R Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    They stole our idea!!!! :lol:

    I wonder what it will cost. I took a quick view of that thread, and it seemed to be all concept at this point.
     

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