Goldwing-Specific Hydration Setups


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I'm getting a bit of inspiration from the thread in the BMW sub-forum on hydration systems as well. The 'Wing has similar challenges for mounting separated this thread for this bike. Be sure to use the Beemer thread for some inspiration, however:

I made a piss-poor attempt prior to my 48 State ride last year of rigging something up; it failed miserably.

Two straps and nothing that restrained the bottom. Since the seat isn't flat there, noting for it to sit on, even with the weight of a gallon of fluid.

My Goldwing has to be capable of being able to haul SWMBO in the same general space as the hydration source, thus it needs to be removable quickly. She's done a couple of LD rides to this point, so the hydration is for when I decide to need to be a little smarter at this (more fluids, less dehydration...). I've given up hope on foot peg mounting; she's got Kuryakyn Transformer Passenger Floorboards installed & I'm not about to mess with them.

As noted in the photo above, I have the Utopia backrest on my bike. I've requisitioned an 8" aluminum round pan from my wife for that same Igloo® jug to sit in - which was problem #1 in that setup above. With only a single retention spot, the jug was prone to side-to-side movement at the bottom of the jug.

I think a 1.5" or 2" wide strap of aluminum bolted to the side of that pan that will also secure to the backrest riser will keep the bracket in place *and* allow for the quick extrication of the jug as needed. I'm considering a single 2" wide nylon strap to restrain the top of the jug to the bracket.

Time to go do some fab work.


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I really wish I would have come up with this idea a little over a year ago...

The cake pan idea has been used by others in the past. I needed the piece to physically attach it to the seat, yet have the jug be easily detached for refilling.

I don't have a sheet metal brake - the type that'll assist in bending metal. The 1/8" thick aluminum was a b!tc# to bend by hand; there's enough to clear the pan edge.

With the jug removed, the nylon belt material gets laced through the slot in the strap. The top hole is for a plastic cable tie strap, if needed, to loop around the backrest top pivot mount. The screw and the clear spacer (made from an X-acto knife cover) is what I have here for material. Better hardware (stainless screw? correct nylon spacer?) will be procured.

I need to get some sticky shelf-liner, attach to the pan both the bottom (contact with seat) and the inside (contact with jug) to keep things from getting beat up with use.

With it mounted here, I can still access the trunk on the bike for items stored there.


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This reminds me to finish my hydration system for my 2018 Wing. I have the jug and the mount, just need to do the tubing and such.


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Good of you for sharing the pictures from your efforts last year. For someone else working on their own system, look for pots at the thrift stores or Walmart. Often a pot can be had for less than $5 and is rigid enough to bolt directly to a foot peg or will allow a simple L bracket fabbed from steel to mount to the side of the bike, (crash bar, shock mount, etc). Every bike and rider faces different challenges, but hydration systems don't need to cost a lot of money. I found the standard Coleman 1 gal jug to be too high for my needs, so popped on ebay and found an old school short/wide 1 gal jug for $5 that was new in the box, old stock. Even had free shipping. Some of those are getting collectable now, but there are enough brands to give you options.

I have used cake pans as well, but if you can find a pot that fits your jug, it makes a more secure holder and has the rigidity to bolt to something w/o the fatigue cracks that typically occur in thinner material. The last one I made up for a foreign IBR rider used a $7 pot from Walmart that was on sale and I ground the rivets off to remove the handle, (instant mounting holes!), and went from there. On my cake pan mount, I sandwiched the cake pan between aluminum flat bars to deal with the cracking at the bolt holes that occurred over time.

Tractor Supply, Ace or other hardware stores or farm stores carry steel spacers as well as nylon. Steel would allow for a more secure mounting. Remember water is about 7 lbs per gallon, plus the weight of the jug, mounts, pan, etc.

Shawn K

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Another option (if anyone still reads this thread) is a MotoJug setup -

It's based on the 1-gallon Coleman jug (not supplied), and is a large, collapsible bag for the cooler to sit in. The floorboard version of MotoJug is designed with Velcro loops on the bottom to go around the floorboard (the whole unit sits on the floorboard instead of the seat), and also has two 3-foot straps that thread through loops built into the collapsible bag and go around whatever attachment points you choose. Once you place the Coleman jug into the MotoJug bag, there are two straps that go over the top of the jug and hold it in place.

In addition to that, it comes with the necessary drinking tube and bite valve, a retractable cord and Velcro strap for the tube, and a couple of stickers for people who like to decorate their bike like a sponsored athlete.

The build quality is quite nice! My understanding is that they're hand-made a batch at a time by a nice lady in the U.S.