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post #1 of 26 Old 05-06-2006, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Meter/Gas Mileage?

Gang, just picked up an 06 650 on wednesday. have 260 miles on the clock now and my fuel lights still have 4 out of 5 bars lit. When I first got the bike, it was topped off, so 5/5 bars were lit however the 5th bar quickly went out. I opened the fuel hatch today and smell but can't see the fuel. Am i getting great mileage or is my fuel gauge inoperational? FYI i did have a magnetic tank bag on the bike but the bike was always started OFF the sidestand so it was vertical.
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Make sure when you turn the bike ignition on to let the dials sweep around and back while the LCD screen also cycles. If I hit the starter before the cycle is complete, I get false readings. You are low on gas regardless of the display.

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If it was my bike I'd find the nearest gas station...now. Thats about max out of a tank, at least for me. Expect to get about 60 miles for each bar.
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My 650 wouldl let you go another 10 to 15 miles but after that your going to be pushing, find a gas station quick would be my advice

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I would have to agree with everyone else on this one. I am getting great mileage with my wee and I usually fill up at 2 bars and have about 230 to 250 miles on my bike.

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I would have to agree with everyone else on this one. I am getting great mileage with my wee and I usually fill up at 2 bars and have about 230 to 250 miles on my bike.
How many gallons are going in.......at this point? Both Stroms hold 5.8 gallons, I have a really hard time believing that you can go up to 300 miles on a WeeStrom, before "needing" to fill up. :shock: I went on a 300+ mile ride yesterday....I was pushing real hard and having allot of fun in the twisty's, turns and hills of Ohio. I filled up "1" time....and I was getting 46 mpg....I was VERY pleased with that mileage!

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The gauge is very non-linear, but by 260 miles it should definitely be into the bottom two bars or so. Mine runs the first 150 on the top two bars and then rips through the bottom three in the next 100 or so.

No sense risking a dry tank because the gauge is screwed up... fill it up and see what it takes.

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and so the teeming millions can be damned. I went to go to the nearest gas station from my house and wouldn't you know, out of gas as soon as a hit the end of my driveway! no gas gauge bars dropped, no gas pump icon flashed, no nothing! after a nice 4 block heave ho to the nearest gas station 5.6 gallons went in. I turned the key on, let it do its diagnostic routine and BAM 4 bars are lit on the gauge. WTF? So i turned off the bike, let it sit for a minute and then turned it back on, and. . .3 bars are lit!!! At this point in time, I was running late for work so I headed off, and the gauge kept going between 4 and 3 bars. I have no idea, I guess a visit to the bike shop is next, other than maybe disconnecting the battery? I'll assume, the float/sensor is stuck from shipping?
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Sorry for your misfortune. Bad gauge obviously, probably the sender. There have been a few reports of similar problems - next to the 1000 FI glithces, might be the most common problem. When they fail completely like this, they're easy to diagnose and I'm sure the dealer will have you fixed up. Just wait until the 600 service.

Kinda unfortunate to hear that a bone dry tank takes 0.2 gallons less than advertised. Filled to the brim? If so, we should all start assuming we've got about 10 miles less emergency range than we thought we had.

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I would have to agree with everyone else on this one. I am getting great mileage with my wee and I usually fill up at 2 bars and have about 230 to 250 miles on my bike.
How many gallons are going in.......at this point? Both Stroms hold 5.8 gallons, I have a really hard time believing that you can go up to 300 miles on a WeeStrom, before "needing" to fill up. :shock: I went on a 300+ mile ride yesterday....I was pushing real hard and having allot of fun in the twisty's, turns and hills of Ohio. I filled up "1" time....and I was getting 46 mpg....I was VERY pleased with that mileage!
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The time that I filled up at 249 miles I put 4.6 gallons into the tank. I am a very conservative rider and not real heavy on the gas except when needed getting out on the road. I keep track of my mileage and find that I am getting at worst 48 mpg to 53 mpg on the wee.

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