Running out of fuel
here is what happened on the way to work yesterday morning, riding my 2016 DL1000. Leaving home, fuel gauge/fuel range indicating 30miles left in tank. Moving along happily on interstate #5 in Portland, after having covered maybe 5 miles, engine cuts out. I am in the left lane, coming to a stop on a 5foot wide shoulder in commuter traffic. A AAA tow truck/flat bed got me and bike home safely. My commute is approx. 20 miles round trip. I typically run the fuel down to where both the small fuel pump icon & the last bar are flashing around town without a problem. We have gas stations on almost on every street corner here, it seems. I fill up typically with 89 octane fuel. What was different this time was that I had regular gas in the tank. Had to fill up at a small town in central Oregon last. One question I have is, could the 87octane regular gas messed up the 'algorithm' in the computer which figures 'range left' ? In the incident yesterday, the last bar was NOT yet flashing and the fuel gauge/range indicated 29 miles left in tank when I had come to a stop. Filling up the tank in the evening it took 5.5 gallon. I bought this bike new, last November, and had no issues with the fuel gauge/ range reading at all, ridden it to a gas station with only a few miles left in tank on occasion, in town. For the time being, I have to adjust my fuel strategy, to build back trust in the fuel gauge. Overall, I tend to stretch as much as possible out of a full tank of gas. The exception being trips like my journey to the BMWMOA rally in Salt Lake City a few weeks back, where you deal with wide open spaces between towns and one better fills up.
Juergen, Portland OR
1979-1993 Yamaha XT500, (Germany& US)
1993-2016 BMW R100GS, (US)