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Winter Project # 1 - Hydration

Not sure if this is the right place to post, but here goes:

Staying hydrated while riding, figuring out where to store liquids and not getting off my bike each time I was thirsty became a major problem. I tried other solutions like having a hydration bladder in my tank bag, but then the tank bag was two feet tall. Carrying bottles in my tank bag did not work either for both space and practicality reasons.

So, I came up with the following solution. I mounted a camelbak water bladder in my saddle bag and snaked the hose under my seat.

A full write up with parts list and details PICs can be found at:
http://kc6tew.com/mods/hydration/hydration.htm
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post #2 of 11 Old Nov 16th, 2006, 6:56 am
 
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You're going to want to insulate that bladder and the hose, aren't you? Food for thought. But IMO, you're taking up valuable storage room. A CamelBak bungees to the rear seat, a seatbag, or the trunk rack easy enough.
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You're going to want to insulate that bladder and the hose, aren't you? Food for thought. But IMO, you're taking up valuable storage room. A CamelBak bungees to the rear seat, a seatbag, or the trunk rack easy enough.
Actually, the bladder sits on the very top of some other stuff that I removed for installation (and the picture - I guess I should update the pic). I have about three-four inches on the left (along the top) when I put my other stuff back in, which the bladder fits in nice taking up room I do not use anyway (too skinny). I thought about insulating the bladder, but based on last summers experience carring other liquids, I think it might work as is.
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Looks like a fine job, Mark. I've been meaning to mount mine somewhere, but so far just strap it on using the included insulated bag/backpack it came with.

Nice job on the redneck saddlebag liner though.

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Nice job on the redneck saddlebag liner though.
Your killing me.... I needed a name for that "thing", and now I have one. I dedicated my right saddle bag to all the "stuff" I carry (patch kit, compressor, tools, gauge, rags, etc.), but may not use for a long time, hence that is why I stuffed the bladder in there. I tried several other solutions, but making my own seemed to work best.
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Not sure if this is the right place to post, but here goes:

Staying hydrated while riding, figuring out where to store liquids and not getting off my bike each time I was thirsty became a major problem. I tried other solutions like having a hydration bladder in my tank bag, but then the tank bag was two feet tall. Carrying bottles in my tank bag did not work either for both space and practicality reasons.

So, I came up with the following solution. I mounted a camelbak water bladder in my saddle bag and snaked the hose under my seat.

A full write up with parts list and details PICs can be found at:
http://kc6tew.com/mods/hydration/hydration.htm
cool job, I just strap mine to the back of the bike have for years, easy to get to to fill that way.

During the Expo here, I was talking to a gent about making a more motorcycle friendly hydration unit, we will get back on the project after thanksgiving and see if it is worth the time and money


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Now we need a bag on the other side and a hose into our pants for the output side of the equation.

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A full write up with parts list and details PICs can be found at:
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Hey Mark, there are project pages on your website that are kinda blank - you still workin' on that? I'm curious to see your work!

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Now we need a bag on the other side and a hose into our pants for the output side of the equation.
The ones that run a cath just pipe it off the rear of the bikes,

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Since I'm over 40...oh, OK, I'm over 50, I welcome the stopping every 150 to 200 miles or so to get off and stretch my back and legs, grab a drink and get back on feeling much better. If I need a longer break, I'll rest while having a small ceegar! Gotta stop and smell the roses- er, exhaust along the interstae once in a while....
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Hey Mark, there are project pages on your website that are kinda blank - you still workin' on that? I'm curious to see your work!
Thanks for the heads up. I set those pages "not" to publish, but forgot about setting the navigation bar "not" to auto-update either. oops.

As with most, I'm taking the time during this rainy part of the year to complete the "punch list" of projects I created over the summer. I will post my completed projects here.
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