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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 2:27 pm Thread Starter
 
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The Gas Gauge... Useless?

When I fill my GT it says I have a range of about 238 miles (doing this from memory so I might be wrong). I travel nearly 200 miles and the warning light comes on.

When I fill up I usually have at least a gallon of fuel left after the range indicator says I have no miles left.

I don't mind a reserve--but a whole gallon?

Is there any adjustment? I had the same issue on the RT but I ran into it less frequently due to the larger RT tank. It had a 7 gallon tank versus the 6.1 in the GT.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 5:07 pm
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What's wrong with a gallon reserve? Wouldn't you like to know you have 35-40 (or whatever) miles before you're stranded?

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I thought a gallon was pretty standard for a reserve.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 6:07 pm
 
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When the BC tells me that I have ZERO miles left, I have approx. 1 gallon left. And that don't make me mad. When you're in the middle of Wyoming, you want as much notice as possible. Don't ask me how I know.
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I guess the thing is.. the range itself it shows before I go to reserve doesn't seem to add up. I'll track this closer. I just know I see that yellow sign a lot on this bike.

It comes on when I have about 40 miles left before I have a gallon left. Just seems excessive to me. I guess that is the RT coming out in me. I miss the 7 gallon tank

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Oh, I see....the light is coming on with about 2 gallons left instead of 1....I bet that can be adjusted.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 9:50 pm
 
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I don't mind

the computer letting me know that I have a gallon left. I just don't like riding around with that flashing gas pump and the BIG yellow warning light. It is kind of distracting.

If I only have 40 miles left you only need to tell me once.
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If I only have 40 miles left you only need to tell me once.
Or maybe every 10 miles...but I agree with you. That yellow triangle gets annoying quick!
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 11:50 pm
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It works for me.

This last Sunday I rode through empty and for about 7 to 10 more miles. From prior experience I felt fairly safe to about 250 miles on a tank of gas. When I filled up it took a little over 6 gallons and the trip 1 read 246 miles. I always reset trip 1 when I fill up. It comes from having long experience with BMW Gas Gauges.

I do a lot of rides where one gallon remaining s about right to get me seriously interested in finding a gas station. Most of us seem to have about a gallon left when the light comes on and it starts counting down to zero. My R1200GS is much less trustworthy. Most of my current and previous bikes just have a light or nothing. For a touring bike I think it is one of the meaningful features.
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And my old bikes, did not have a guage or light. When the fuel ran out and the engine starts to starve, Ai would just flip the "reserve" lever and then find a gas station...
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