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08-09-2008 10:17 AM
rckmtn In Wyoming you top off at each town. I met 3 riders heading for Sturgis and they were not familiar with our roads. I advised them to top off and they asked why. I asked their range and one of them said 130 miles. I then informed them that the road they were taking had 3 legs of 80 miles between towns--leaves about a 30 mile walk if not topped off. Out here we consider a short ride to the next gas station 100 miles and take advantage of fueling up whenever we can, you have to be aware of the routes you're traveling on or your night serande might be coyote songs. i have ridden as long as an hour without meeting another vehicle.
08-07-2008 10:57 PM
Sky Rider I start looking at about 120 or so. 100 if I've been aggressive with the throttle which doesn't happen very often.
08-07-2008 09:55 PM
rsawyer So far I've been too chicken to run it down to the reserve so when I hit 100 miles I start looking for a gas station. I've had a couple of old cars that I had to count mileage on so it's a natural for me to use that as a measure rather than rely on the gauges. Try tracking your mileage at fill-ups to see what you average and then decide how many miles you can go and still feel comfortable you won't get stranded. Nothing bums your high more than worrying if you'll be pushing 500lbs down the road soon.
08-05-2008 11:48 PM
ksmnet Checked my mileage today, and got between 45 & 46 mpg. I generally start looking for a gas station around 120 miles or so. I usually have to switch to reserve around 136 or 137, then figure I have at most 15 - 20 miles left. Most all bikes I have owned have had about 20 miles on reserve.
08-05-2008 05:56 PM
hyperbuzzin Ya got to think of the fuel gauge like this.....
Yes, it measures the amount of fuel in the tank, but not by how much gallon-wise.

Confused??

Because the tank is so much larger on the top than the bottom, at a reading of 1/2 on the gage, the tank is 1/2 full, but that 1/2 is the smaller 1/2.
08-05-2008 02:23 PM
Gemguy You may be right Keemez. The fuel switch is a simple ball valve and there's not much to go wrong with it though. Unless you have sediment in the tank and it all collects in the reserve tube there should be no problem.
08-05-2008 02:16 PM
Keemez My suggestion is to run on RESERVE until you hit the 100 mile mark, then switch to ON until it coughs, then back to reserve again until you fill back up. This keeps the reserve portion of the fuel pickup the ability to stay clean and free for when you need that last .5 gal. Running it in the on position all the time and then expecting it to function without a hitch when switching to reserve is asking for trouble. At some point you'll be hoofin' it, guaranteed.
08-05-2008 02:11 PM
Gemguy Robardin, the moral of the story is you have to pay attention to your motor when you're riding. If your guage is below half and you feel the motor cough, immediately switch to reserve (no it doesn't do it automatically). If you ignore it you will spend some quality time on the side of the road waiting for the float bowls to fill up again. Unfortunately speaking from experience. When the fuel runs out the motor keeps demanding and sucks air through the whole system. It takes time until the fuel drains down and replaces the air.

Like lancer said, make sure you return the fuel switch to on when you fill up again because if you have left it in reserve and run out you're done. Start walking to the gas station.

Good luck.
08-05-2008 12:40 PM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by lancer19 View Post
Pretty much it excludes. The guage is in no way accurate. It gives and approximate. Even if the indicator is showing empty, I don't switch until I start feeling the engine bucking from lack of fuel. Just remember to switch back once you fill up. You'll definately remember after the first time you reach for the reserve and realize you have been running the bike on it the whole time.
I second what Lancer said...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
08-05-2008 10:40 AM
lancer19
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Originally Posted by robardin View Post
What I meant to ask was, does the fuel indicator on the dash include, or exclude the reserve? Meaning if I suddenly realized out on the road that my guage was on the red F, I should just flip the petcock to Reserve and start lookin' for the nearest gas station post-haste?

Pretty much it excludes. The guage is in no way accurate. It gives and approximate. Even if the indicator is showing empty, I don't switch until I start feeling the engine bucking from lack of fuel. Just remember to switch back once you fill up. You'll definately remember after the first time you reach for the reserve and realize you have been running the bike on it the whole time.
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