Product Review:† Fuel Plus†
by Deryle Mehrten
†††† Some of you may remember the Fuel Plus that came out several years back.†† This was a device you could wire into your bikes loom and get mileage figures that were not available in the dash board readouts of the time.† Many long distance riders considered these mileage figures essential.† It worked as advertised and got rave reviews from many BMW riders.
†††† The inventor of the Fuel Plus, David Weiszbrod of Electronic Resources, decided to update the Fuel Plus and make it mountable on just about any fuel injected, computer controlled motorcycle.† Itís still called the Fuel Plus although it has lots more features than the original.
†††† Mr. Weiszbrod [David] contacted me through a fellow SEAT member Mick McKinnon.† Mick has experience with the original Fuel Plus and was helping David with developing installation instructions for an Fuel Plus on a BMW R bike.† David was looking for someone who would help develop mounting instructions for a BMW K1200RS (pre 2005).† I agreed to mount an Fuel Plus on our í04 K1200RS and take pictures of the whole process.
†††† The installation:† If youíre squeamish about getting into your wiring harness and grafting on new wires in several places, look away now!† Actually, Davidís kit can be connected to a bikeís wiring harness without any cutting using the clip connectors he supplies.† The kit consists of the display unit, a circuit board, a hall sensor with mount and magnet, a temperature sensor, several lengths of the properly sized wire, and all the connectors you need to splice the device in.†
††††† To work properly you need to connect the board to one of your bikeís fuel injector leads, into a switched power supply, to the positive terminal of your battery and to a good, solid ground.† If you want the Range to automatically reset after a fuel fill up, you will need to connect to the fuel float on your bike as well.† The hall sensor is mounted off the rear caliper to pick up the revolutions of the rear wheel (a small magnet is mounted on one of the disk brake rotor rivets).† A measurement of the rear tireís circumference is needed to get an inches per revolution figure which the Fuel Plus will use to convert revolutions per mile.†
†††††† After a few simple calculations, you enter the calculated figures through the display using some really ingenious no-see-em buttons on the top of the display - Pulses Per Distance, Full Tank Count, and Fuel Value.† You will also need to enter a Fuel Float Value if you plan to use the automatic reset function.† An accurate fuel tank capacity is very important.† In my case, the tanks capacity per the Ownerís Manual was the same as I measured.† Davidís instruction are pretty specific and easy enough to follow, plus he is just an email away.
†††† The first time around, installation took some time.† David was looking for a few specific locations to connect to and it was up to me to find them.† With Mickís help I got everything connected and working.
†††† How did it work Ė just as advertised.† The unit will tell you how far you have traveled, how much farther you can go on your tank of gas, whatís your miles per gallon, your battery voltage, the distance to a programmed stop, and a bunch more.† After each test ride I did my own calculations, and I must say, the Fuel Plus was right on.† Getting the settings right the first time really helps, donít ask me how I know.
†††† There are several other reading that help the rider out.† When you first start up your bike, the Fuel Plus will give you a battery voltage reading that will help you determine if your battery is getting too low to start the bike.† Thatís a nice warning to have.†† With the Temp Sensor installed you can see the current temperature, and you will get a warning if the temps go below or above user entered settings.† The cold warning will give you a heads up that ice or black ice could be present.
†††† The Fuel Plus isnít for everyone.† The benefit is there for the long distance rider who wants to get the maximum time in the saddle with no doubt as to how far the fuel remaining in their tank will take them.† The voltage reading and temp warnings add to the long distance riderís bag of tools.† Considering these functions are now built into the dash board of the newer bikes, many riders consider them handy to have.
†††† Visit the Electronic Resources web site for more information,† www.fuelplus.com.