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post #1 of 6 Old 06-23-2014, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Gauge Countdown.

Well, I for one can say that, altho the fuel gauge countdown (flashing symbology) starts at a ridiculously high range (100kms?) they are allowing us every last drop when it runs out. Yesterday I left Salmon Arm headed for Revelstoke on Hwy 1 and seeing the supposed fuel left and the GPS distance to Revelstoke, I could see I was several kms. short. Now worries, lots of gas along the way, right? NOT! Guess I foolishly started looking for a stop after the countdown said 20kms. left. GPS tells me a Petrocan at 27. I had figured out my best gas mileage was in sixth, on the flat, at about 4800rpm.
Watching the thing count down I was within 4 kms of filling up when it was showing blank. Pulled into a resort and rocked the bike with the ear to the tank and heard nothing. Luckily a nice caretaker lady was able to scrounge me up a bit of lawnmower gas for which I thanked her profusely and paid her amply.
Sure enough, with in 2 kms there was the station. Would I have made it? I'm gonna say no. So, Zuki is giving us every chance there is to not be a dumbass.:mrgreen:
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Very seriously, that is great information to know. I know I can push the envelope on gas range from time to time. Knowing the real cut off is true knowledge.
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One word of caution. I was victim of a bunch of false readings on my F800GS a few years back. Had runouts at 28 kms and 8 kms before a flash fixed it. Not that that is the case here but maybe lets hear some more similar experience before believing it.
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Its not a great idea to run the fuel way down on a regular basis. The fuel pump is liquid-cooled by the fuel in which it is immersed. Good info nonetheless.

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Very seriously, that is great information to know. I know I can push the envelope on gas range from time to time. Knowing the real cut off is true knowledge.
If you're on the OP's bike, otherwise you're hoping that your bike is the same.
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On my first tankful, I was keen to see how much was left in the tank in my new Vee2 after the last bar started flashing.

On the Wee I always had 4 litres left.... comfortably 60-80kms to find fuel.

On the Vee2, after 10kms (6 miles) with the last bar flashing, and 2 kms after the countdown hit 0, I filled up. It took 20.05 litres sitting on the side stand. I now start looking for fuel when the gauge hits the last bar!
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