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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 2006, 8:17 pm Thread Starter
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KRS/GT how far on a full tank?

Hello again,

Sorry if this has been a topic of discussion in the past. I know it is being discussed on most bike forums quite often.

Overtime I have been reading few reviews on the K1200 bikes and I read more than in one occasion that the gas consumption range of the KRS/GT is between 45-to 54 MPG, depending on the riding conditions. If that is true I have some concern that my '03 GT is consuming more gas that it is supposed to.

Okay, my average speed is between 65 to 80 but I ride mostly on Highways. The reserve light come on after 160-163 miles of a very full tank. I don't know how much reserve there is left once the light comes on, but if it is anything like my K100LT I couldn't ride more that 25 miles on reserve. I had a '03 KRS before which I sold, but even with that bike I wasn't able to make 180 miles before refilling.

In general, does anyone know how much useful gas is still left in the tank once the reserve light comes one? How many miles could I safely ride before refilling?

TIA for sharing your experiences.

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 2006, 8:50 pm
 
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.....Okay, my average speed is between 65 to 80 but I ride mostly on Highways. The reserve light come on after 160-163 miles of a very full tank. I don't know how much reserve there is left once the light comes on, but if it is anything like my K100LT I couldn't ride more that 25 miles on reserve. I had a '03 KRS before which I sold, but even with that bike I wasn't able to make 180 miles before refilling.

In general, does anyone know how much useful gas is still left in the tank once the reserve light comes one? How many miles could I safely ride before refilling?.....
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Your mileage seems consistent with both my '03 RS (rip, crushed by a cage) and my '04 GT. I average 40-45 mpg in reasonably normal riding, with the low fuel light coming on between 160-180 miles. Fillup at that point is just short of 4.5 gallons which according to the specs means that there is just about a gallon left in the tank (5.5 gallon spec). I have never tried to confirm how low the fuel pump will continue to pump, but I have exceeded 200 miles on several occasions with a 5 gallon following fillup.
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Depending on how I'm riding i can usually get anywhere from 180-230 miles to a tank. I admit I haven't pushed it all the way to empty, but my reserve light seems to come on with a little more than a gallon left. My riding is a combination of highway and city miles mostly and I think the worst mileage I ever got from a tank of gas was 36 MPG. The best I got was 47 mpg but I usually average about 41-42 mpg.


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Hello again,

...I read more than in one occasion that the gas consumption range of the KRS/GT is between 45-to 54 MPG, depending on the riding conditions...
45 to 54 MPG is quite high for normal highway speeds. 40 to 45 is more typical, although many members will drop down into the mid- to high 30 MPG if they are hammering the throttle. I've done over 50 MPG on a tank once, but that was due to a sudden reluctance to twist the happy handle and a strict adherence to speed limits caused by a hefty speeding ticket. Typically the light comes on around at 170 miles. I have pushed a tank over 200 miles on several occasions, but definitely sweat the last 20 miles...

The light should come on when you have 1 gallon left, although this can be changed by your dealer. The last 0.1 gallon are below the fuel pick-up, so you really only have 0.9 gallons to use. When my light comes on, I only expect to be able to go another 30 miles.

YMMV

You can stretch the mileage by dropping down to 45 MPH, and staying in a tuck. But you sure look funny when you do this on I-10 in West Texas! The tank holds 5.4 gallons, so you don't want to have this for you gas receipt:


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Mileage also depends on what drag-inducing accessories are on the bike. The mileage on my KRS goes down when I put the GT windshield with Laminar Lip and the hard bags on it.

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My fuel light comes on at 4 liters, or just a tad over a gallon. This was set by the dealer. I figure I've got about 35 miles left, and on maybe 2 occasions, put 5 gallons in. Generally between 140 and 180 miles depending on the ride (commuting is the worst).



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For non USA members, the KRS tank capacity is 21 litres or 4.62 Imperial Gallon. I get around 190 miles with some high speed cruise, so that's 41.1 miles/Imp gallon.

Basically we have a small gas tank so you have to fill up more often, but gas consumption whilst not so lean and green, is on a par and better than some large motorcycles.

The latest models have bigger fuel tanks, but I suspect there's no chance of retrofitting one and keeping the same plastic.



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In general, does anyone know how much useful gas is still left in the tank once the reserve light comes one? How many miles could I safely ride before refilling?
When I first got my K12RS I stretched one section of moderatel 2 lane and 4 lane ride, sputtering and coughing at 210 miles.

The low level light came on at 180 miles and I figured I could get 35 more miles. Almost. Luckily there was a service station at the end of the exit ramp. The tank would only take 5.1 gallons so there is .4 of a gallon that appears unuseable.

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Once I hit 200 miles, the light came on, then went another 21 miles before I found a gas station, I was not going fast, just fiddling around maybe 40-50 mph on the back roads in northern Colorado. 1998 K12RS.
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21 liter = 5.547 613 076 gallon [US, liquid]

21 liter = 4.619 354 214 gallon [UK]

From what I've read (on the internet, so adjust accordingly) there's 3/10ths of a U.S. gallon that is unuseable. The gas apparently is also a means of cooling the fuel pump, so they don't want you to pump the tank dry.

The other thing I recall is that fuel tanks are not always that precise on what they actually hold. Instead of 21 liters, it should be more like appx. 21 liters. Why each tank could be different I don't know, other than it's not important to be exact in the amount they carry. Metal/plastic thickness may be part of that, if they're using an external mold. So, if the tank empties 1/10 of a gallon early, no telling why exactly. Just accept that if you put in over 5 U.S. gallons, you should be smilin' at your ability to finesse your fuel consumption so well.



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