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Farthest I've gone is 124 miles on 2.8 gallons of gas. No way to gauge fuel level is frustrating so I try to fuel up at 100 miles.
124 / 2.8g = 44.28 MPG

44.28 MPG x 3.7 gals = 163 miles

When riding 50 - 60 MPH roads I may go on Reserve at 150 - 170 miles. So the reserve is 1 gallon so you should have another 44 miles to go. Round it down to 40 MPG on MAIN and when on Reserve I remember the mileage I switch and figure 10 miles per quart. Practice switching the Petcock from Main to Reserve. I can catch
mine before it flames out. The exhaust sounds different as it leans out before the pop. I just finished a ride to VA and anything over 3.7 gallons is on reserve. Depending on the lean angle or going uphill or downhill the main may run out one or two tenths earlier. I have not pushed a MC since the 1980's but I did forget to change the fuel selector twice on this ride over the weekend. I thought about in time to avert embaressment.
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I did a search and saw where a few guys several years ago used some Lucas injector cleaner in a tank or two and saw an increase in mileage. I tried it on last tank and did see good improvement. This bike most likely sat a lot since it is a 2007 and had only 15k when I got it a few weeks ago.
I frequently put 6oz Diesel fuel in a tankful.
It gives me better mileage than when I do not. Several times on Interstate when my mileage drops into the 30's I have added a quart of Diesel and it went back into the 40's. The Diesel was added to the refill to keep the figures correct.

Adding a small amount of Diesel to my automobiles since 1970's.
As the tank was refilled and the Diesel was diluted more, the mileage decreased back to its normal figures.

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2003 1800R basically all stock. 120-140 miles with an average of just below 35-37 MPG. I ride two up a lot.
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124 / 2.8g = 44.28 MPG

44.28 MPG x 3.7 gals = 163 miles

When riding 50 - 60 MPH roads I may go on Reserve at 150 - 170 miles. So the reserve is 1 gallon so you should have another 44 miles to go. Round it down to 40 MPG on MAIN and when on Reserve I remember the mileage I switch and figure 10 miles per quart. Practice switching the Petcock from Main to Reserve. I can catch
mine before it flames out. The exhaust sounds different as it leans out before the pop. I just finished a ride to VA and anything over 3.7 gallons is on reserve. Depending on the lean angle or going uphill or downhill the main may run out one or two tenths earlier. I have not pushed a MC since the 1980's but I did forget to change the fuel selector twice on this ride over the weekend. I thought about in time to avert embaressment.
I have pushed motorcycles in the past, granted in been a few years but it really sucked. I don't do a lot of long haul riding so I'm always trying to be safe rather than sorry. In a pinch I would do it. Plus bike is 12 or so years old, no idea what is in the bottom of that tank and prefer not to find out.

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Well I have now hit 160 without having to switch to reserve but I was probably right about there. Still had a little over a gallon in the tank!
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Stock '02 1800R with 40K is still getting 43-44 mpg and it's just great!

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I dont understand Miles per tank?
Seems pretty darn foolish to me.
I run to 120 or so miles on trip meter and fill up then reset trip meter.
I figure my MPG often, it is 40 to 44 depending on how I ride.
In my cars with a fuel gauge I fill by 1/4 - 1/2 tank.
Why would I run to reserve ??.
although I have a couple of times on the bike, when not paying attention.
But that was accidental....
I am NOT pushing this bike if there is anyway to avoid it!!!!



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I think it just a figure you can keep in your mind - at least it is for me. Like a mental gas gauge. Why there is no gas gauge on these bikes is beyond me.

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On the 1300 i hit 178 and it was not by choice buddy on his sportster only had a few oz left when we found a open station.
I still hadn't switched to reserve.

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2007 VTX1800 F (4.8 gal flangeless tank)
My typical is start looking for fuel stop at about 155-160 miles (low fuel light comes on anytime between 150 and 165), highest mileage I ever had at fuel up was 183 miles during a group highway ride.
As frnkcat does, I always calc my mileage. It gives me a constant way to keep tabs on how my bike is running, watching for unexpected changes. My normal is 39 mpg for city/commute riding, 37 for interstate riding (I'm a bit "speedy"), and usually 42+ for highway riding.


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other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R
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