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post #11 of 22 Old 09-03-2012, 10:25 PM
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Mine came on yesterday at about 200 miles. I filled up at about 220 miles and took about 4.2 gallons. As mentioned above, I would rather fill up with over a gallon left in the tank opposed to pushing my motor to the next station.

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post #12 of 22 Old 09-03-2012, 10:33 PM
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I usually fill up around 150 miles on the odo, I usually get around 200 mile when the pump symbol starts flashing, I know its a little OCD but I get slightly nervous when it gets down to 2 bars, there are not alot of gas stations outside of major towns anymore, so I like to play it on the safe side.

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post #13 of 22 Old 09-04-2012, 08:06 PM
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I had the little fuel pump blinking the other day and my trip odometer
showed 447 kms since the last fill.
I could've probably gotten another 40 to 50 kms but didn't want to tempt fate since I'll rather ride than push.
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-04-2012, 08:58 PM
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I'm pretty conservative when it comes to filling up early. Seeing a blinky fuel light just doesn't add enjoyment to my ride.

That said... How much "useable" fuel does a DL1000 have? When the thing dies from running out of fuel is the tank empty or is there some "wasted" fuel still left?

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post #15 of 22 Old 09-04-2012, 09:12 PM
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I can usually get 300+ miles out of a tank with both the fuel symbol and last bar flashing. I don't usually do this but did today just because I was too dang lazy to stop after a hot afternoon of riding (but, I have spare gas at home). I get kind of nervous when the bar flashes but can still go around 30-40 miles yet. It's rare when I run it down this far anymore. The most I've ever put in was 5.2 gallons, I think.

However, I've heard it's not good for the fuel pump to run it down that low, if you do it all the time. Something about overheating it since the fuel running though it helps cool it, or something like that...

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post #16 of 22 Old 11-25-2012, 05:41 PM
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My daily work commute includes crossing a small, steep mountain. I've not yet had my Wee ('07) a year, but I've ridden it nearly daily, and I began trying to find the safe upper limit of fuel range. I always fill-up with the bike on an essentially level surface and on side stand, filling to the bottom of the inner lip of the tank.

On this mountain I frequently (nearly daily) lose a fuel bar when riding down the mountain. The bar usually reappears when I get onto less sloping ground.

Over the past couple months I've noticed that twice my bike has "stumbled" (lacked normal power) and I believe it's because I'm going about 280 miles between fill-ups, and that the small amount of remaining fuel is being momentarily moved away from the fuel pick-up in the tank in certain curvy-road conditions.

I faithfully track my fuel mileage (via gages) and I can count on at least 55 mpg (60.x mpg is my all-time high). Considering this, 5.8 gallons should get me to about 320 miles in worst conditions, but I don't like the "stumbling" feeling, and fuel is probably momentarily not surrounding the electric fuel pump in the tank, depriving the pump of the lost cooling from the fuel. Plus there's the somewhat small threat of having to push...

I've decided to stop my quest to get to 300 indicated miles on a tank and just fill-up, with about 5 US gallons, at about 270 gage miles - theoretically leaving nearly a gallon of gas in the tank.

Oh yeah, my fourth fuel bar goes out (fuel pump icon blinking) at about 240 miles. The last (fifth) bar starts blinking at about 260 miles, leaving, I suppose, about 1.0 gallon (55 miles) in the tank.
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post #17 of 22 Old 11-26-2012, 12:38 AM
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I ran out of gas once, about 25 miles after the last bar started blinking. Then put 5.587 gallons in the tank. So it would seem that about 0.2 gallons of the 5.8 gallon capacity are not usable.

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post #18 of 22 Old 11-26-2012, 06:24 AM
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Thanks for that wisdom (and the chuckle). I'll be using that line soon.

Originally Posted by flyspray View Post
the only time you've
got too much fuel is when your on fire.

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post #19 of 22 Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 AM
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i usually push my fuel gauge on my normal commute...only because i have many places i can pull off of on my normal commute...but i have my favorite gas stations i like to go to for fuel

that being said, i usually have about 240-250 miles on the odometer and but on right about 4.8 gallons...and that is with both the bar and the fuel indicator blinking for awhile...

i have done upwards of 280-290 on a tank or two but don't prefer it...during normal riding i always try to get gas before hitting 250 miles on the odometer...

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post #20 of 22 Old 11-26-2012, 09:54 AM
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I "wonder" if the published fuel capacity of our tanks is given before the fuel pump/guage arm assembly is installed????

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