Goldwing-Specific Hydration Setups

kwthom

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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 locations...so separated this thread for this bike. Be sure to use the Beemer thread for some inspiration, however:

https://forum.ironbutt.org/index.php?threads/hydration-system-questions.585/

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.
 

kwthom

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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.
 

DJFriar

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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.