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post #1 of 39 Old 06-24-2012, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hey now I know what the flashing gas symbol is for!!

I just rolled over 400kms on the tank and the flashing pump went to a flashing last block on the fuel gauge, I parked the bike at work knowing I would be hitting the gas station on the way home, well I guess the hot sun evaporated the last of my fuel because the engine did not even sputter. well now I know that light means business! Better fuel up when the last gauge block flashes cause you are on fumes at that point.
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post #2 of 39 Old 06-24-2012, 08:13 AM
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Yep, even on the earlier 650's you don't get far after that last block starts flashing [just ask some of the local 650 riders here in Oz. ].

Does the Glee gauge do the same as the Wee gauge does

When I first got mine I noticed it didn't drop the first bar until it had covered around 200km [130 miles approx.] so I thought "fantastic, I will get 1000km per tank full of fuel" [about 620 miles approx.].

In reality I get around 425km with a couple of litres left when riding around town, I have managed 500km without running out on a couple of road trips. :beatnik:

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Funny, my experience has been the opposite - until the 2nd post, I was gonna jokingly ask if you'd forgotten to raise the side stand

Unless it's 30+ miles between gas stations I only even pay attention when the last solid bar blinks, at which point I put in about 4.25 gallons (16L) to fill it up, with a gallon left in the tank. The most I've ever refueled with was just over 4.5 gallons (17+ liters), after riding another 10 miles to the next gas station on the blinking bar. Maybe 4.65 gallons. My actual mileage (kilometerage?) varies widely between mostly city commuting vs. highway touring, but the fuel gauge behavior is consistent.

If I refuel when just the fuel pump light blinks (last bar is still solid), I put in about 3.5 gallons (13.25L)!


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Funny, my experience has been the opposite - until the 2nd post, I was gonna jokingly ask if you'd forgotten to raise the side stand

Unless it's 30+ miles between gas stations I only even pay attention when the last solid bar blinks, at which point I put in about 4.25 gallons (16L) to fill it up, with a gallon left in the tank. The most I've ever refueled with was just under 4.5 gallons (17L), after riding another 10 miles to the next gas station on the blinking bar. My actual mileage (kilometerage?) varies widely between mostly city commuting vs. highway touring, but the fuel gauge behavior is consistent.

If I refuel when just the fuel pump light blinks (last bar is still solid), I put in about 3.5 gallons (13.25L)!


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So you haven't got to the point where the last block is just an empty flashing red square then?
That is the bit I'm referring to as almost nothing left when it flashes.

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The book says the last block starts flashing on the Glee when there is 2.5 liters left.

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The book says the last block starts flashing on the Glee when there is 2.5 liters left.
And (at least on mine) it does, so it's good for 50 to 60 km.
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So you haven't got to the point where the last block is just an empty flashing red square then?
That is the bit I'm referring to as almost nothing left when it flashes.
There are no red spuare on the 2012+ Strom only on earlier models - and this is the 2012+ forum...

I find the fuel gauge to be very accurate - when the last block starts flashing I got 2 liter/+50km left in the tank, and I rarely start looking for a gas station before that happens.

That means that I often can go +500km before refueling - one of the things I really love about this bike

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Just checked the manual to confirm I was halucinating when I read the final warning was a flashing hollow block. But I wonder how much gas evaporated in the sun on a 38 degree day in the sun?
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So you haven't got to the point where the last block is just an empty flashing red square then?
That is the bit I'm referring to as almost nothing left when it flashes.
It goes from fuel light blinking and solid last bar on the left, to the last bar blinking as well as the fuel light. I don't think there's a third stage warning.




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The book says the last block starts flashing on the Glee when there is 2.5 liters left.
On a recent tank, I refueled just as the last block was flashing solid after 455km. This was after a recent group ride..mostly speeds of 60km/hr - 90km/hour actual. The bike took 15.8L, so I had 4.2L left. My manual says I should have 4.5L left when the last block starts to flash...at that range, I would have over 100km before dry.

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