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post #1 of 22 Old 01-25-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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How much gas is left when 1 bar starts blinking?

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Just wondering if anyone knows how much gas is left in the tank (2017 DL650) when on the fuel gauge, you are down to one bar, and it begins blinking. I'm not one to usually let it run down that low, but... long story, and I have 1 blinking fuel bar on the display.

I am aware I can see the estimated "range left", but those seem to always err on the side of caution (and understandably so).

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I am aware I can see the estimated "range left", but those seem to always err on the side of caution (and understandably so).
Not necessarily so. If your 650 is anything similar to the 1000 I can tell you that it was totally empty at -12 miles range. I rode the James Bay Road in QC last year and just made it to the gas station on the way up (was at -8 miles range) and did not make it on the way back a couple of miles out at -12 miles. So assume that there is not much more range than your bike shows you and you can guestimate how much is left in the tank. Put a gas can on the rear seat and run it empty, then you know exactly.
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Always nice to get a sense for how long you can go on one bar blinking, but there's going to be factors that may make the blinking bar inconsistent with respect to miles/KM of fuel left such as speed of travel, elevation, head wind etc.

Also, its not a good practice to run your fuel that low to often as the gas helps to keep the fuel-pump cool.
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Each bike may be different. Best bet is to verify on your own bike by filling it up and seeing how much fuel it takes, subtract that from fuel tank capacity: 5.3 gallons.

I try to refill when I start a trip with less than 50 miles on the "range left" indicator (round trip to work and back), which loosely coincides with the blinking bar. My average fill up is slightly less than 4 gallons, so I know I've got capacity left. I often wonder how full the tank needs to be to get 5.3 gallons of fuel in it. I don't cram every last drop in that I can... I might not be using the entire 5.3 gallon capacity, but I'm consistent with where I fill the tank to.

As others have said, I'd rather not push it, but it's nice to know I could go further if there are no other options.
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Not necessarily so. If your 650 is anything similar to the 1000 I can tell you that it was totally empty at -12 miles range. I rode the James Bay Road in QC last year and just made it to the gas station on the way up (was at -8 miles range) and did not make it on the way back a couple of miles out at -12 miles. So assume that there is not much more range than your bike shows you and you can guestimate how much is left in the tank. Put a gas can on the rear seat and run it empty, then you know exactly.
Good to know, thanks. And good idea about the gas can.

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Always nice to get a sense for how long you can go on one bar blinking, but there's going to be factors that may make the blinking bar inconsistent with respect to miles/KM of fuel left such as speed of travel, elevation, head wind etc.

Also, its not a good practice to run your fuel that low to often as the gas helps to keep the fuel-pump cool.
Good points. I did not know that about the fuel pump. Thanks!

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Each bike may be different. Best bet is to verify on your own bike by filling it up and seeing how much fuel it takes, subtract that from fuel tank capacity: 5.3 gallons.

I try to refill when I start a trip with less than 50 miles on the "range left" indicator (round trip to work and back), which loosely coincides with the blinking bar. My average fill up is slightly less than 4 gallons, so I know I've got capacity left. I often wonder how full the tank needs to be to get 5.3 gallons of fuel in it. I don't cram every last drop in that I can... I might not be using the entire 5.3 gallon capacity, but I'm consistent with where I fill the tank to.

As others have said, I'd rather not push it, but it's nice to know I could go further if there are no other options.
Thanks. I've done that mental math after I fill up to see how much I had left.

Yeah, the bottom line is I don't want to push it. Don't want to be thinking about how much gas is left when I should be focusing on the road. Easy fix. Thanks!

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On my '17 650, one bar blinking doesn't concern me as I can always find gas, the range showing +/- 52mi. No bars equals .3L on paper, and Iv'e gotten the range down to -2mi and it took 5.2g/19.6l to fill it right to the lip in the neck. "your milage may vary".
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Call me cautious or just a coward but I never want to let any vehicle get low on fuel. There are mechanical reasons with the pump. Then there are the "my well being" issues with being stuck out in the middle of nowhere on dead bike. Either way keep fuel in the tank! Also, if you are going to be out where getting fuel is an issue plan wisely and get one of those little flat gas cans that fit on the rack. Cheap insurance!

In the mean time: I do watch my gauge and the "miles remaining" count down and then pay attention to how much fuel she takes when I fill her up. While on automobiles most car makers give you two to four gallons of "safety" when they hit "empty" I know for a fact that my bike doesn't do that! Fact is when it says its going to run out....believe it.
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Crossing Nevada I went to a blinking 'one bar' so I slowed from 75ish to 60. Made it the 30 miles into town, but not sure how much further I could have gone. I do carry a liter of extra fuel now.
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