Nothing is more irritating than a machine that won't work properly. Several times the pump left me stranded in hot weather. You know, 110*, full riding gear, and always an audience of other bikers. Stop to get a drink then come out of the store to see gas boiling on the engine case and flooded carb
. It wont start until WOT
, pipes popping, lots of black smoke,and everyone is watching. Not to mention the danger of someone flipping a cigarette down.
So.....I removed the not needed junk and went pumpless. Vented gas cap, stock, but new petcock and screen, automotive style glass fuel filter, new fuel line, removed the brass carb screen, and installed the Grizzly valve.
I'm extremely happy. Never an issue. And without a doubt the engine runs cooler. I rode 2up, loaded with gear, 90mph +, for 15-20 miles with no starvation. The fuel gauge is not very dependable anyway, so when I get down to 1/4 tank or the light comes on, I fill up. Or when it cuts out I flip to reserve then fill up. Not that big of a deal for me.
I could see how when the fuel gets below the pick up you could go slightly longer before a sputter due to the fuel in the extra 10"-12" of fuel line and the pump itself.