Originally Posted by aj7840
I think I have an anomally here based on everyone else.
Fuel light comes on and miles to empty shows 45-47 miles to empty.
I get gas within 5-10 miles, each time I put between 5.2 and 5.3 gallons of gas in, my calculated average is usually 47+ mpg. So if I run to 0 miles to empty the tank should be empty??
What is the real tank capacity from the manual, it says 6.3 gallon, correct? or am I missing something
That matches what most of us are seeing. Here is my experience:
1. The fuel warning light illuminates when the remaining fuel indicator first touches the "top of the triangle", where the "triangle" is the tapered area at the very bottom of the fuel bar.
2. The miles to empty matches the current OBC miles per gallon. In other words, the triangle indicates that there is one gallon remaining. (There is actually more.)
3. When the remaining fuel indicator reaches the bottom (lowest tip) of the triangle, the miles to empty reads "---".
4. At this point, you still have some fuel left. I have ridden 15 miles past the point where the miles to empty read "---". I put 6.0 gallons in my tank at that point.
Someone posted a very scientific analysis in one of these forums (link??), where they ran their KGT to empty (not recommended) and determined that about 0.6 gallons remained when the miles to empty reads "---" My 15 miles after "---" and 6.0 gallon fill-up says that his calculation is reasonable, assuming some round-off errors.
My wife was watching television this past weekend ("20/20"). The report was about how many miles remain on your car when the fuel gauge reads empty. According to the report, Americans expect some "reserve" even when the gauge reads empty, Germans want to know the true fuel level. The reporter drove a Dodge Caravan past empty, and travelled over 20 miles.
Here is a summary for my K1200GT. I assume that this matches other people's experience:
Fuel Capacity: 6.3 gallons
Warning Light Illuminates:
Appears after 4.7 gallons have been used. Approximately 1.6 gallons remain. Distance to Empty should match current OBC miles per gallon.
Distance to Empty reaches "---":
Appears after 5.7 gallons have been used. Approximately 0.6 gallons remain.