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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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The gas gages on these things are useless. the last month ort so i noticed my low gas ligh coming on and the gage showing close to empty at about 150 miles. I fill up and it only takes around 4 gallons. wtf. glad i dont rely on these gages. i still use the trip odometer to judge when to fill.
anyone else think these gages are useless ? ( well maybe not TOTALLY)

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 05:56 AM
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This is an old topic that has been beaten to death. Yes the gas gauge sucks but at least it is consistent. Mine has always taken 4 gallons when the low gas light come on and has never deviated from that. I don't care what the gas gauge says, I still go off my trip meter to let me know how much gas I have burned.
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I noticed on my 3 hour trip home the gas gauge is funky. The needle went from passed Full, to below half, then to Empty/ has light on. Mind you, I'm on the highway with the cruise set at 70. Rpm fluctuated from 3000 to 3500, depending on the hills. I assumed the needle would drop consistently, but it didnt. I would also like to note that I was constantly checking out the gauges because everything was new and unfamiliar. Once my Range hit 50 miles left, the light came on. I, too, only needed a shade over 4 gallons to fill up my bike.
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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 06:27 AM
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Typical, mine also doesn't slowly drop it falls.

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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 06:43 AM
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yep its just as useless as every other vehicle out there, and just as reliable as the dash readouts. and it sounds like yours is right on, the light is suppose to come on with around 2 gallons left.

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As you said, it's not completely useless, but it doesn't work as it should. It does meet the low bar of expectation that I had from my previous bike (a Royal Star Venture). The needle sits on F for a long time, then drops quickly, and finally plummets when it gets down the the final quarter. When it hits empty, there is still a reserve fuel supply in the tank. For those of us who have been riding bikes with carburetors, no fuel gauge and a three-way fuel petcock, that reserve supply may make some sense.

I suppose this uneven behavior is due to the odd shape of most motorcycle fuel tanks. If we had level rectangular boxes to hold the gas, a steady gauge would be easy to construct. In this day of computers, an intelligent reading could be programmed, but Victory has not done the work. Just consider the inaccuracy of your digital read-outs, will be apparent.

All I can suggest is to do what I do. Know that when the needle starts to move, then between a third and a half of the fuel is gone. Quick progress of the needle after that will show the next third of the fuel supply being used. When it gets to the bottom, that's a good time to refuel, but you're not empty. That works for me, in populated areas, where there is always a gas station nearby. When I ride across the country, so that I may not see a gas station for a long stretch, then I start looking to refuel when the needle gets to the halfway mark - after about 140 miles. Just learn how your gauge actually reads and work with it.
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The fuel gauge is good for an estimation. Don't look at it like a percentage, it clearly doesn't work like that. However, when it goes low, you have time to get to a fuel station.

Think about where the fuel pump and float is located in the tank. It seems to me that it can't possibly give you a full range from where its sitting.

When in doubt, use your trip odometer. Refuel at 180-190 miles. Problem solved.

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Just remember it's always better to fill about a bit too early than a bit too late.

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Not a good idea to run these too low too often. The fuel in the tank cools the fuel pump. Funky design I know but there it is.
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This is exactly what one of your trip odometers is for. Set one at zero when filling up, you know your mpg, so when the light comes on you can extrapolate how many miles you have left in the tank. Although some gauges are more accurate than others, I have never owned a bike that had a fuel gauge I would trust.

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