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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Dynamic Fuel guage - gas mileage

Ok so I know that we have a 4.5 gal tank and our fuel gauge is dynamic or flashes low fuel and begins the fuel trip meter based on your recent riding behavior, but I wonder if mine is similar to everyone elses.

My low fuel indicator begins flashing at around 99 to 119 miles and each time I have filled up I have had over a gallon left in the tank. So it seems my guage is a little premature and I am wondering how some of the reviews indicate a 200 mile range.

How many miles have you gone after the fuel gauge indicates low fuel and what is the best mileage you have received?

I have had my bike for 10 days - have 548 miles on her and have not really ridden her hard yet. Aside from pleasure rides of about 50 miles each time I ride about 25 miles each way to work and it is all at highway speed. I have yet to go on an extended trip and it was only today that I hit 10 grand on the tach.
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i am getting about the same as you and my guage is doing the same thing. I fill up at 100 mile or so regardless. It is not good practice to let your tank go empty. It promotes condensation in the tank in cooler weather



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Ok good I was starting to think something was wrong with my guage. So far I have not pushed the reserve as I have gone to far and had to push it but with over a gallon still in the tank I am going to start at 30 on the fuel trip.
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On A Normal Day To Day I Had The Exact Same Deal. 25 Miles To Work 1 Way.
But I Have Ridden 147 Miles Straight, With Keeping The Revs Around 6 Before It Started Blinking, So I Know It Can Come Close.
Also I've Noticed When You Fill The Tank, It Is Better To Sit On The Bike, To Keep It Level. I Get Almost Another Gallon That Way. You Are There Pumping The Gas In, You Think Its Full Then It Settles Below The Screen. I Can Sit There And Do That Almost 6 Times Before It Settles Just Below The Over Flow. It Is Not Completely Topping Off. Since I Started Filling The Gas That Way I Get Between 127 And 131 Miles But I Still Dont Let The Revs Go Above 9 Grand Yet. I Have Around 1166 Miles Total.
You Are Right Though, It Probably Has Around A Gallon Left In The Tank, Maybe More, When The Fuel Light Blinks.

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Thanks, now I will be sitting on the bike to fill it up to the overflow. I hate filling up and want to get closer to the 200 mile mark.
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Problem I have with filling it so full is the splashing back you get when you pull the nozzle above the screen. I dont like wiping the drips off the black paint with those abrasive paper towels.



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Here In So Cal, For Smog Reasons, We Have That Rubber Boot On Most Of The Pumps. So All I Do Is Pull It Back So I Can Fill Up. It Does Block Alot Of The Splash. Otherwise I Will Be 2 Gallons Short Of Full. If You Need To, Just Wrap A Couple Of The Towels Around Nozzle.
I Have The Tail Bag Most Of The Time And I Carry Meguiar's Instant Detailer Spray In There.
At Work It Does Not Matter Where I Park My Bike, A Bird Will ***** On It. So I Keep The Detailer And A Microfiber Cloth In There.
If You Drop That Rag Never Use It Again. Wash Or Replace. 1 Grain Of Sand And There Goes Your Paint. Cheaper To Get Another Cloth Than A Paint Job. Any Detailer Spray Would Work Though. I Like It Because It Is A Small Bottle And Cleans All Parts Of The Bike.

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Oh By The Way, Most Of The Test Riders Are Averaging 36 mpg To 42 mpg.

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I am getting 48.5 mpg (US) or 4.85l/100km. I have had 30km (19 miles) showing on the fuel trip but still had 5 l in the tank, about 1.25gal. The trip was at about 250 km/155 mi. So...according to my calculation I should get 217 miles per tank, but I prefer not to find out exactly.
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I am getting 48.5 mpg (US) or 4.85l/100km.
Well that sounds promising. As soon as the new wears off and I can just ride "normally" I will have to see what kind of mileage I can get. Right now I am just having way too much fun and twist the throttle way to much.
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