Re: HPN Tank and oil cooler
Originally Posted by electric_monk
Thanks for that AliBaba.
Just the sort of info I was looking for.
I've decided to dispense with the oil cooler all together. From what I have read many an airhead owner has toured the globe without one, to no ill effects.
I'm not sure I'd agree with your information about the oil cooler. Are people getting catastrophic engine failure? Not likely. Are oil temperatures exceeding 'safe' limits without the oil cooler? Likely. I've read many postings on the benefits of fitting an oil cooler to an airhead, and have concluded that it is a good idea especially for the larger motors, or any motor running at low speeds and/ or with a heavy load and/ or in hot climates. Sound's a lot like adventure touring to me. BMW fitted that model with an oil cooler for a reason, I'd be reluctant to remove it simply due to the hassle of finding a proper mounting bracket. Just my 2 cents
On the Acerbis/ HPN tank side, I believe that there are two extra brackets that get clamped or (ideally) welded to the frame just above the top mounting bracket for the crash bars. The tank slots into these to provide extra support for the large 'cheeks'. Does this make sense? I think HPN sells this kit - their frames have the taps welded on from what I can tell.
Good luck and let us know how you get on - I am planning on mounting one of those tanks myself one day, I'd be curious to know how you find it.