If you’re a motorcyclist, and you’ve spent any time at all reading about motorcycle touring or riding in remote areas, you probably know that the most common way to increase your fuel range is to carry more gas. On a motorcycle with a standard gas tank, this can be accomplished with auxiliary fuel tanks. Alternatively, there are other ways to extend your range without adding an extra tank: fuel bladders and fuel cells. Both have their pros and cons; let’s look!
How Far Can You Ride?
How far you can go depends on the bike, the rider, and the conditions. On a cruising bike with a large fuel tank, you might be able to make it from Los Angeles to San Francisco without stopping. But if you’re riding an older or smaller motorcycle, or if you’re going up in elevation (the higher you go above sea level, the less oxygen there is) then your engine may run out of gas before reaching your destination.
And unlike a car that can pull over at any time for a fill-up, motorcycles usually don’t have enough space for extra fuel tanks on board. So, riders often resort to carrying empty containers with them — something we call “fuel bladders” or “fuel cells” — to store more fuel along their journeys.
Extend That Range with a Fuel Bladder or Fuel Cell
Extend that range with a fuel bladder or fuel cell. A fuel bladder is great for short trips, but if you want to go long distances, consider a much more convenient option: a fuel cell. Fuel cells are easy to install and use, and they can be refilled anywhere—all you need to do is connect them to your bike via the included hose.
Review of the IMS Fuel Bladder
- A good option for long distance riding
- A good option for the rider who wants to carry more fuel but doesn’t want to add weight.
One of the most common questions we get from riders is, “Which fuel cell system should I buy?” The answer is not always simple. In fact, it depends on many factors including your bike type and whether you want to add weight. Before deciding on which product best fits your needs, let’s review some of the pros and cons of each type of system available today. *
Review of the IMS Desert Tank/Fuel Cell
The IMS Desert Tank/Fuel Cell is a great option for long-distance touring. This tank has a capacity of 2.5 gallons, which means it can hold the same amount of fuel as your motorcycle’s stock fuel tank. The design features a flip-top that can be opened and closed with one hand—a major convenience when you’re on the road! You can also use this as either a fuel cell or as an auxiliary storage system: by filling it up with water or other liquids, you can keep yourself hydrated during long rides in hot weather conditions where there are limited places to stop for refreshments along the way. The Desert Tank/Fuel Cell is available online through various retailers such as Amazon if you’d rather purchase directly from the manufacturer’s website at www. [IMS DESERT TANK]
Easier to use than a fuel bladder.
The Fuel Cell is easier to use than a fuel bladder. You don’t need to manually pump in the liquid, and it’s automatically pressurized.
The Fuel Cell can be installed on any type of vehicle that has a 12-volt electrical system: motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, mopeds and ATVs.
Considerations Before You Go Fuel Bladder Shopping
Before you go out and buy a fuel bladder or fuel cell for your motorcycle, there are some things you should consider:
- Fuel bladders and fuel cells are not the same thing. Fuel bladders are designed to be filled with gasoline before they’re installed on your bike. In contrast, a fuel cell is installed into your gas tank and houses its own storage space for liquid fuel, which then gets pumped into your bike’s engine at regular intervals as needed. Because of this difference in function between the two products, you may want to decide whether an added level of convenience is worth more expensive hardware before committing to any one option.
- Bladders are easier to use than cells but have lower capacities. A bladder can be filled ahead of time by simply attaching it via hose directly from a gas pump (or even using another bike with an installed filler hose) which makes it easy if you know exactly how much extra range you’ll need before heading out on any given trip. However, because bladders fill up so quickly compared to tanks that contain their own storage area (like those found in most cars), they don’t offer nearly as much added capacity over time when compared against other options like actual tanks themselves or portable bottles used by hikers/campers who don’t want their precious cargo getting lost down dark ravines during treks through unknown wilderness areas across continents like North America ~~~ where we live!).
A Word on Fuel Cell Installation – Mounting Points and Brackets
Mounting points and brackets are an integral part of a fuel cell installation. Without strong mounting points, it’s easy for the weight of your motorcycle’s fuel cell to pull down on your bike, which can make it unsafe to ride. The more you weigh, the stronger your brackets need to be.
Brackets should be installed in a place that is:
- On a flat surface (no curbs or uneven ground)
- In a safe location (away from exhaust pipes)
Check Out Fuel Cells and Bladders from Motorcycle House Today!
If you’re looking for fuel bladders or fuel cells, we have the best selection and a great customer service team to help you find what you need. Our motorcycle house carries a variety of products, including tanks and bags for different types of bikes. We offer a warranty program on all our products as well!
There are many more ways to add fuel capacity other than by saying “yes” to a gas tank.
But there are many more ways to add fuel capacity other than by saying “yes” to a gas tank. You can install a fuel bladder, which is basically a flexible and expandable bladder that holds 5-10 gallons of fuel and fits in between your seat and the rear fender. Or you can go with an aluminum or composite saddlebag that houses a removable fuel cell (for example, the Wolfman W-series bags). Fuel cells come in all shapes and sizes; some fit under the seat while others mount on top of it. Either way, they’ll hold up to 10 gallons worth of liquid HHO or methanol, which means less stops at gas stations—and more time riding! But if you want something even easier than installing additional bags or racks onto your bike yourself? Get yourself some good olfaction jerry cans!
If you’re looking for a way to extend your motorcycle’s range without adding another tank, then fuel bladders or cells are a great option. They can be installed quickly and easily on most motorcycles and offer the same convenience of using gas stations as traditional tanks do. The IMS Desert Tank/Fuel Cell is also easier than ever before because it doesn’t require any cutting or drilling into your bike frame like older models did. We hope that this article helped answer some of your questions about what these products can do! If you need more information or have any questions about installing one on your ride today, then we invite you to call us at 800-600-3836 anytime during business hours.
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