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11-27-2010 04:40 PM
SoCalVulcan When I had my 750's I would always just leave it on Reserve.
That way the petcock never got stuck.
I just went by the gas guage and at a 1/8 tank or so I'd look for gas.
11-25-2010 11:04 PM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by accord_guy View Post
Again, what do they have against a reserve? It's such a simple design. Does it affect the new fuel injection systems or something like that?
I have no idea what they have against a reserve on the tank... As for me, I think its like country ham and red eye gravy, there ought to be a federal law against having one without the other, I'm very much with you on the reserve bit...lol...
I don't see how having a bit of gas to dump in is worse that running out on anything... I know on the older dozers and most other injector type engines, if you ran out you had to bleed most of them, and there was some damage, nothing was caused by not running out, at least to my knowledge...lol... I think dirty fuel might be worse on injectors than most anything...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
11-25-2010 10:01 PM
GIMPYRDR From personal experience at replacing fuel injectors on my dads truck, running a tank and fuel system dry of fuel can damage fuel injectors. Simple deduction leads me to believe it would be the same for a motorcycle. Thus, no reserve. However, they compensate with digital/lcd fuel gauges or a low fuel indicator light.
11-25-2010 08:51 PM
accord_guy
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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...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
But it's always best to proof read a smartass reply.

Again, what do they have against a reserve? It's such a simple design.

Does it affect the new fuel injection systems or something like that?
11-25-2010 07:18 PM
GIMPYRDR When it hits the red and starts to sputter is when my reserve comes on. If your fuel gauge is kaput, one suggestion is to use your trip odometer. When you fill up, put the petcock on fuel and reset the trip to 0. Depending on your riding style, when she starts to cough and sputter its time to turn on the reserve. Even with a gauge, its about 128 miles for me and its time to turn on the reserve.
11-25-2010 06:38 PM
Old Dog 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...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
11-25-2010 01:50 PM
accord_guy
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Originally Posted by denny6006 View Post
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?
11-25-2010 10:45 AM
denny6006
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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?



11-25-2010 10:23 AM
accord_guy 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?
11-25-2010 09:07 AM
Old Dog 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......
Have a good one...Old Dog...
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