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McCuff Revisted

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  1. Weeple
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    Stumbled across the McCuff refueling accessory the other day and it seemed kinda gimmicky but, being a newbie, I don't know jack, so I decided to do a forum search on the topic. Discovered there were quite a number of posts about the product last year.... mixed reviews mostly.

    Now that it has been around for awhile, what's the verdict? For those who liked it, do you still like it a lot, or has the novelty worn off?

  2. crabola
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    I liked mine at first, but don't ever use it now. I was getting more gas on the tank using the damn thing and still wasn't getting a full tank.

  3. retzdaret
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    It depends on the pump for me. Some pumps it helps a lot, and some pumps you don't need it. The best thing to remember is do not set the pump at full pressure, set it at the lowest pressure and you should be good.

  4. TheGoltj
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    I bought one a couple of years ago for two reasons. First of all, it seemed like a great idea to help with filling the tank. And second, the girls selling it in their skin-tight yellow leotards were SMOKIN' HOT!! LOL!

    I used it a total of 2 times before it was relegated to the junk heap on my workbench. The first time it caused an overflow that got gas all over the tank. Ok, I chalked that up to inexperience using it. The second time, the gas literally blew all over the place, soaking the bike and me. At that point I got my money back from them and have never even had the urge to use it again. It's much easier for me to just keep an eye on where the gas is by looking into the tank opening as I'm filling it.

  5. MorkKW
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    I believe the McCuff could work with some bikes, depending upon the model bike and its gas cap location. I bought one long ago and used it once....didn't even need a 2nd try. I tossed it aside and now keep it out in my little tool room in a box of other useless stuff as my McSouvenir, just to remind me how dumb that purchase was. But, hey....had to give it a shot, right? With my specific model bike, the very cool 1300, Buck's gas tank mod is FAR more effective & efficient than the McDuhhh. (once again, just my penny's worth of useless info) Y'all have a great weekend.

  6. crabola
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    I believe the McCuff could work with some bikes, depending upon the model bike and its gas cap location. I bought one long ago and used it once....didn't even need a 2nd try. I tossed it aside and now keep it out in my little tool room in a box of other useless stuff as my McSouvenir, just to remind me how dumb that purchase was. But, hey....had to give it a shot, right? With my specific model bike, the very cool 1300, Buck's gas tank mod is FAR more effective & efficient than the McDuhhh. (once again, just my penny's worth of useless info) Y'all have a great weekend.
    What is the Buck's gas tank mod?

  7. MorkKW
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    Gas tank mod:
    This mod is excellent if one's bike has its gas cap is positioned where it's virtually impossible to fill up due to the stock air vent holes being located at the very bottom of the filler neck sleeve. Simply stated, this adds four 1/2" air vent holes up towards the top of the sleeve. The sole purpose of this is to provide a means for the air to escape from inside the tank and be replaced by additional gas without having to click-click-click-click the gas nozzle once the gas has risen even barely above those low positioned stock air vent holes. Plus, it allows for an extra quarter to half-gallon of gas without little drops splashing out of the tank.

    Using a punch with a heavy wooden hammer, or any hammer with a rag positioned between the punch and hammer works fine. The gas tank needs to be almost full when this mod is to be done. Hundreds of 1300 owners have successfully done this mod, all with positive results. Owners of other models of bike have done the same.

    Happy holidays.
    Morg

    (picture attached of the sleeve with the additional vent holes)

  8. TheGoltj
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    Keep in mind that bikes like the 650 and 950, where the gas cap is on the high side of the tank when it's on the sidestand aren't going to benefit from this like the 1300 which has the gas cap in the middle of the tank. And if you don't want to poke holes in your tank, you can always fill the bike while sitting on it in an upright position. Not that I'm recommending that since sitting on it exposes you to the possibility of a gasoline-filled crotch if you happen to overflow the tank, not to mention the fact that if the overflow happens to hit a hot engine and ignites, you're right in the middle of it.

    The way I figure it, you've got a couple of hours worth of gas in the tank even if you don't fill up every available space in there. You probably should be getting off the bike every couple of hours anyway just to stretch, so that extra gas shouldn't even be necessary most of the time.

  9. MorkKW
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    Goldy, you absolutely missed the point of my message. Besides, this thread has never been about your 950, or the 650, but was speaking in general terms about the McCuff, after which someone asked a good question pertaining to the mod that allows ME to fill-up more easily and with more fuel with MY MODEL BIKE and a few others, than when using the McCuff. (implying that this won't work on your 950 due to your gas cap being located on the right (non-kickstand) side of the bike, unlike the 1300's center of the tank placed gas cap.

    Sorry to rehash this, but here are two of my exact quotes with highlights:

    This mod is excellent if one's bike has its gas cap is positioned where it's virtually impossible to fill up due to the stock air vent holes being located at the very bottom of the filler neck sleeve.

    Next quote: With my specific model bike, the very cool 1300, Buck's gas tank mod is FAR more effective & efficient than the McDuhhh. Again, I realize this may not apply to your 950.

    Goldy, there are many riders who have made past comments in the forum about wanting more range than they were getting...most of these with 1300s. Am I one of them who benefits from the added range? Generally no, but there have been two occasions when the mod was absolutely beneficial, once while on vacation up in NC and again in VA. To date, all other times I ride have been in areas where gas stations were readily available should I have wanted to stop and re-fuel.

    Not everyone takes a break every two hours every single time they ride. Perhaps they do most of the time, but not always. I also usually stop, but there have been more than one time when I've ridden with my riding buddy on non-stop blasts almost 200 miles up to the Ft. Lauderdale area and that longer range came in handy. Could we have stopped earlier? Absolutely yes, but on two occasions we were meeting a friend riding down from Orlando and 'were on a mission' - ha! While stopping every hour or two probably applies to MOST riders, including me mos of the time, it doesn't necessarily apply to most riders 100% of the time.

    Lastly and this applies to 'me,' rather than the added range I get with this mod on MY SPECIFIC MODEL BIKE, the 1300... : ) ....I like the fact that it's now much easier to gas up (or top-off) whenever I need to do so....no splash, no spills, no clicking of the gas nozzle...not even once. As it gets near the top, I simply slow down the flow of gas and then shut it off when it's up towards the top of the sleeve. If I'm in the midst of a ride, I can do this with the bike upright off the kickstand and add another two tenths more gas (an added 10 miles of range), but this again usually isn't important to me. Although, I have read where someone coasted into the gas station on their 1300, which means this extra range may have prevented that from happening.

    By the way, using the 'caps' as I did, I wasn't raising my voice, but just making a point.

    Take care.

    p.s. - - - now back to our regular unpaid programming, that of.... "McCuff, or no McCuff." = )

  10. TheGoltj
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    I know, Morg, that the thread is about the McCuff. And, like most threads, this one's gotten hijacked. And it was late when I posted last night. :-)

    All I was trying to do was to point out that the gas tank mod *could* be something that's unnecessary and would have no effect on the filling of the tank ON SOME BIKES. My personal thing is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :-)

    Believe it or not, you and I agree much more than we disagree. I have also had runs where I went more than 2 hours without a stop. I tend to plan my stops around my gas range more than time.

    At any rate, this is the end of my portion of the hijack. :-)

    To get back to the original McCuff thing, my recommendation is to stay away from it. There's cheaper ways to improve the way gas gets into your tank.

  11. MorkKW
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    I agree in that I'm not a fan of it, either.

    By the way, what I failed to do was add the little faces to my text to let you know what I was writing was partly in jest and was in no way meant in a negative manner. In fact, I'll go back and clean it up. Unfortunately, when typing these messages, they can very easily be misinterpreted from the meaning implied by the one doing the typing, which it may have been. If so, Goldy, I truly apologize. : )

  12. Weeple
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    Thanks for the feedback folks. Looks like the consensus is that I would be better off spending my 20 bucks on something shiny instead.

    Interesting points about the tank mod too. All interesting stuff to a newbie.

    Cheers,
    Weeple

  13. Biktavks
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    Haha....is it just me or did this just turn into a Morg/Goldy "love-in"???? Carry on gents! All good information.

  14. MorkKW
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    Hey, Biktavks - ya got me on that one....still laughing at your comment.

    But, then again, considering GOLD is $1183 an ounce............ HA!

    Take care.

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