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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question everyone.
I am always concerned about running out of fuel. Just nags me. Does anyone have a fuel gauge cap? How is it working for you?
I try to fuel up before the 150 mark but I was wondering how much further I could push it in case I'm out in an emergency.

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Fuel capacity is (in most 1300) 4.9 gal. With 1.1 gal reserve..
I am looking for a fill up at around 100/120 (butt need a rest & I feel safer), but have hit reserve several times.
Most here keep trip meter miles for every fill up, Reset and go..
So if I look down and it says 80 Mi, im safe for a while, if it says 130 I look for a station..
I average 40/42 MPG but in high wind, slow city, mtns or 'hot rod' faze it drops drastically.
Have gotten as low as 34/35 mpg. as high as 48 mpg...
I never say I get XX on a tank?? It tells me nothing at all.
I figure miles & gal's used to 'know' what its doing....

Let me add that I ride in the open desert hwy's many times.
There are no stations for 50 miles sometimes. SO I have developed the habit of keeping it as full as possible when convenient......



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Practice flipping the fuel tank petcock lever from normal to reserve a few times.
When you get familiar with with you have less to worry and can switch over in a few seconds and keep going.
In the previous minute before lean out pop I can feel it losing power.
I can range from 130 to 170 miles on main tank, usually 130 - 160 miles.
On reserve I figure 40 more miles to go.
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I now have an eztra 2.4 gallons so I am really ready for a fuel stop....lol. I would always fuel around 135, or the next station after hitting reserve. For me reserve IS my fuel gauge, it says.....time to get fuel!
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I have gotten 178 on a tank and 80 on a tank this is to reserve.
So with that said the only option is run to reserve and find a station.
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Fuel capacity is (in most 1300) 4.9 gal. With 1.1 gal reserve..
I am looking for a fill up at around 100/120 (butt need a rest & I feel safer), but have hit reserve several times.
Most here keep trip meter miles for every fill up, Reset and go..
So if I look down and it says 80 Mi, im safe for a while, if it says 130 I look for a station..
I average 40/42 MPG but in high wind, slow city, mtns or 'hot rod' faze it drops drastically.
Have gotten as low as 34/35 mpg. as high as 48 mpg...
I never say I get XX on a tank?? It tells me nothing at all.
I figure miles & gal's used to 'know' what its doing....

Let me add that I ride in the open desert hwy's many times.
There are no stations for 50 miles sometimes. SO I have developed the habit of keeping it as full as possible when convenient...... .
This is pretty much my experience as well. It really depends on the type of riding that you are doing but as a "general" rule I get about 150-160 miles before I have to hit my reserve. I usually start looking for a gas station when I hit 100-120 miles just to be on the safe side. I usually get the same 40/42 MPG so on reserve I can run another 70-80 miles before she starts to chugg out on me.
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Meezazu, no fuel gauge or cap here. As far as MPG, I am like most, as low as 30 as high as mid 50s. I will say unless I am fighting a strong wind even when I am heavily loaded and running an honest 70-80 MPH, which is about 77 to 88 MPH on the speedometer, I still get in the mid 30s mpg. So if I base my worst case range on the low of 30 and 4.8 gallons my range is 144 miles before I start walking.

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Fuel capacity is (in most 1300) 4.9 gal. With 1.1 gal reserve..
I am looking for a fill up at around 100/120 (butt need a rest & I feel safer), but have hit reserve several times.
Most here keep trip meter miles for every fill up, Reset and go..
So if I look down and it says 80 Mi, im safe for a while, if it says 130 I look for a station..
I average 40/42 MPG but in high wind, slow city, mtns or 'hot rod' faze it drops drastically.
Have gotten as low as 34/35 mpg. as high as 48 mpg...
I never say I get XX on a tank?? It tells me nothing at all.
I figure miles & gal's used to 'know' what its doing....

Let me add that I ride in the open desert hwy's many times.
There are no stations for 50 miles sometimes. SO I have developed the habit of keeping it as full as possible when convenient......



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You are right on with my experience also. Unless familiar where the next station is 100 miles good advice.

If I fill the tank to the max, I figure a max of 130 miles (if not running my auxiliary tank) before reserve. Then on reserve I figure on only 30 miles left just in case I am fighting a wind. If in doubts of the next station I slow way down if I go on reserve.

Soon after buying my X I ran out of fuel. I had planned my fuel stops but fell a little short on this one. That was because I did not allow for the wind in west Texas. Fortunately I coasted down a hill resulting in only pushing it about a mile. I swore it would never happen again so I monitor the fuel very closely and conservatively.
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