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post #1 of 14 Old 07-12-2009, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question how far on reserve

I have a K-7 DL1000 and always get gas when my last black bar is the only one on. (150 miles) Can I wait till the red one comes on? (the last one) - how far is reserve or how far should I get out of a tank?
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You've got about a gallon left when the last bar starts to flash. It will be solid for a bit before the fuel gets low enough to make it flash.

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You've got about a gallon left when the last bar starts to flash. It will be solid for a bit before the fuel gets low enough to make it flash.
If you want to trust the gauge :rolleyes:
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I know it can be scary figuring things out on your own, but you might consider the fact that Suzuki lists the fuel capacity as 22 L (5.8/4.8 US/Imp gal). So, next time you fill up, subtract the amount of fuel you put in the tank from the capacity of the tank. Its, kind of, an advanced concept but you will have a good approximation of how much fuel is left in the tank. If you really want to go crazy, you could probably use the numbers from the miles ridden and the fuel consumed to extrapolate the miles of fuel that were left in the tank. Although, evaluations of this magnitude border on rocket science. :rolleyes:

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I have a K-7 DL1000 and always get gas when my last black bar is the only one on. (150 miles) Can I wait till the red one comes on? (the last one) - how far is reserve or how far should I get out of a tank?

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You've got about a gallon left when the last bar starts to flash. It will be solid for a bit before the fuel gets low enough to make it flash.
So it is safe to wait until I get on the red because I have a good fifty miles??
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50 miles would be pushing it. It's unusual for a 1000 to get 50mpg and it seems to be hard on the fuel pump to go very low. It's probably not good to go much further than 20 miles on the flashing bar.

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I own a 2007 DL-650.

Here are a few of my own thoughts on this topic.

My routine is to use the "Trip 1" odometer to keep track of my overall trip mileage. I use "Trip 2" to keep track of my mileage per tank.

While on a trip, I will reset my "Trip 2" odometer after I refill my fuel tank at each stop. This way, I have a sense of where I am at and how much farther I can go before I run out of gas.

Just how many miles I can squeeze out of a tank is determined by a number of variables. If I have been cruising at 65 - 75 mph on a highway, I will get less miles per tank then if I have been traveling secondary roads and dirt roads. If I am bucking a head wind on the highway, I get even less miles per tank.

One issue that no one has brought up on this topic is, quality of fuel. I have had some pretty meager "tank fulls" that can only be attributed to poor fuel quality. I can remember one tank being 234 miles of just plain old riding. The best I have done is 306 miles.

An average distance for me would be 260 - 280 miles, (on a DL-650) and I feel I am still in my comfort zone. What is important for me to keep track of, (and it is not directly related to mpg), is what kind of riding I do between my fill-ups.

It's a little like sailing. You can set a course from point A to point B. You can calculate windspeed and hull speed. You can figure what your ETA is. But, is this taking into consideration tidal currents? Are you traveling with the current, against the current, or broadside to the current?

In the end, it takes time, (many tank fulls of gas!!!!), which builds experience, and ultimately you trust your gut. It's not just the numbers, there is instinct involved. And, that is part of the challenge; the mental game of just how far you can go on a tank full of gas.

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Just don't let it run completely out of gas. My auto mechanic buddies say that when you run a fuel injected vehicle out of gas, you cut the life expectancy of the fuel pump by 50%.

If you price a fuel pump for the Stroms, you will see how bad that can be.
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Just don't let it run completely out of gas. My auto mechanic buddies say that when you run a fuel injected vehicle out of gas, you cut the life expectancy of the fuel pump by 50%.

If you price a fuel pump for the Stroms, you will see how bad that can be.
This is good to know as long as it's true. I won't personally test the theory.

I seem to fill up after the top 2-3 bars are gone. The guage doesn't seem to be linear and my fill ups are 3-4 gals (US). Of course this doesn't answer the OP's question but my thought would be in local driving, when you're down to the last bar, fill up. When you are on the road, if stations are scarce, don't go below 2 bars.

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When you are on the road, if stations are scarce, don't go below 2 bars.
You are taking a lot of the fun out of it that way.

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