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When do you need reserve?

I had a hard time starting this morning. I'm wondering if I was low of fuel. I showed about 1/4 tank but was on the main position for fuel. When do you need to switch to reserve?
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I've only done it while riding and the bike starts tugging and RPMs drop a lot when I press in the clutch... my fuel gauge doesn't work, so I can't say how much it would measure.

If you can still feel or hear gas in there, try leaning the bike to the side where the petcock is and try using the "prime" setting to get fuel in the carbs, then go back to "on". Or just use reserve to try to start it and see if there's a difference.
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At an indicated 1/4 tank you *should* still be ok on RUN, but if you have any doubt switch to RES to start, then switch back to RUN after the engine warms up to see if it begins to stall after a few minutes. I suggest running on reserve occasionally when you don`t need it, just to make sure it will work when you do.

I haven`t done it yet, but I think next season I`m going to strap my 1 gallon gas can on the back, and ride until I hit RES, and then run the reserve out too so I can find out how far a full tank, including reserve will carry me. Also check gauge to see what it reads when reserve is needed.

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I've needed it at the red of E.
If it's hot outside, I usually fill up before 1/4 tank because of POOG.
I had it twice this summer.Switching to Res and opening the cap fixed it.
The bike had been parked in the sun at the golf course both times.
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I hit red at a quarter tank once. thought I was good for a while but just after it hit red I started sputtering, once your past half tank the guage moves pretty quickly.

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I usually started lookin for a handy gas station at about 150 mi., or a bit before red, but would really get serious when it hit red or started to miss, and I had to switch to reserve...
It would hit red before it started to miss...
I wish my Sportster had a reserve, but it don't......
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Why in the world did they ever get rid of reserves on bikes?

Reserves, tachs, center stands, fuel gauges, temp gauges, comfortable seats.

What idiot decided they weren't needed anymore.

I can't even stand riding a bike with the speedo on the tank.

Who wants to keep looking down there?

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I can't even stand riding a bike with the speedo on the tank.
think they were there first and were moved to the handle bars later I O guess a tank shifter would mess tour whole life up ,huh?




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think they were there first and were moved to the handle bars later I O guess a tank shifter would mess tour whole life up ,huh?
I doubt a tank shifter would be that popular anymore.
Unless of course Harley came out with one, then everyone else would too.

Now, how about that typing lesson you were working on?
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My speedo in not on the tank, it is a multifuncion analog + digital or whatever, has speedo, odometer, 2-trip meters, low gas light, codes display, and so on, but the low gas light is a piece of crap, I had it come on once and thought someone has stole my gas, took nearly 0.7 gal to fill up...lol... It came on on Mondays ride at only 118 mi. (usually around 150 mi.) and I rode till 148 mi. and I filled it with 2.8 gal. (narvious )(4.5 gal. tank)...lol... I'll take reserve any time, I don't like being narvious...
About the so called tank shifter...lol... That was what the last Harley I rode had till this 09 I bought... That was 50 some years ago, the tank shifter on that one could not hold a light to the bicycle pedal kick starter, I would crank on that darn thing till I was near death, lay over in the ditch and recover enough to go at it again, oh yeah it would eventually start... I swore I would never own a Harley, maybe even never a road bike...lol...
Well, you say I broke my word (thats allowed after 50 years), well yes I did but Kaw. quit me and the vn750, I didn't quit them...
All that said, I really do like my 1200 Sportster especially in the mountains, it handles as good, and is as quick as the vn750, I didn't say better, I said as good, and only a few pounds heavier, low gear is a bit higher than I like, but it pulls ok...lol...

PS- accord guy wrote "Now, how about that typing lesson you were working on?"
Be careful accord guy, big fingers are usually attached to big fists...lol...
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