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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-29-2011, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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OK, my XC is fairly new, just under 800 miles now. Noticed over the last couple of fill ups that the gas gauge is a bit weird. When I fill up the bike, the gage will register full for over 100 miles. The it drops pretty rapidly to 1/2 over maybe 20-30 miles, drops to 1/4 in the next 20, and then suddenly drops to empty and the low fuel light comes on around 180 miles.

Is this common, or do I have a problem? Bike is all stock, bought it new. I filled up for the 4th time today, so I'm still getting used to the bike.
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OK, my XC is fairly new, just under 800 miles now. Noticed over the last couple of fill ups that the gas gauge is a bit weird. When I fill up the bike, the gage will register full for over 100 miles. The it drops pretty rapidly to 1/2 over maybe 20-30 miles, drops to 1/4 in the next 20, and then suddenly drops to empty and the low fuel light comes on around 180 miles.

Is this common, or do I have a problem? Bike is all stock, bought it new. I filled up for the 4th time today, so I'm still getting used to the bike.
It seems to be common. My 2011 X/C does the same thing. About the time my Fuel Light comes on I still have about 2 Gallons of gas in the tank. When I took my bike to the dealer to install the Performance Air Filter, and the Big Shot Tuner I only left a little over 2 Gallons of fuel in the tank. After they Installed everything and took it for a test drive the gas needle dove to empty and the fuel light came on. It seemed to catch them off guard, because the ordered a new Fuel senser which includes the fuel pump. Any way to make a long story longer, after they installed the new Fuel Pump /Fuel sensor everything is still the same, after about 80 miles Fuel gauge starts to drop fast, then fuel light comes with about 2 gallons left in tank. Didn't say anything to the dealer about it, have read on forum this seems to be the status quo. Also didn't want the dealer using my bike for an experiment for a fix. I would rather ride my bike and trust my Odometer and how much gas I put into it rather than have it in the shop with people scratching their headsover it.

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What both of you are describing is a common complaint with the XC/XR.
My wife has a Kaw 900 and there is an inline resistor one can install (RadioShack, 260 ohm, if I recall) to fix the gauge. I did hers and all is well.

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Fuel DIVE from 1/4th tank to ZERO is "apparently" common. I have only had my bike about 2 weeks but I have put just over 500 miles and have noticed the same issue on mine a number of times already. 200 miles I start looking for a station with 1/4th tank. I find one about 5 miles away and am driving up the ramp and the fuel gauge (somehow) shows LO FUEL in the heads up display and the needle is buried under E on the gauge. It would be nice to see some type of "quick fix" like a recall for an inline resistor.




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I rode my Valkyrie for eleven years without a fuel guage so I guess I am used to using the odemeter. Both times my fuel guage showed low fuel I was able to put in 4.0 gallons and 4.2 gallons. I think of the low fuel light as "reserve" and know that I can go another 40 or 50 miles looking for a gas station.

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I rode my Valkyrie for eleven years without a fuel guage so I guess I am used to using the odemeter. Both times my fuel guage showed low fuel I was able to put in 4.0 gallons and 4.2 gallons. I think of the low fuel light as "reserve" and know that I can go another 40 or 50 miles looking for a gas station.
That's pretty much the way I see it too. I also reset one of the trip meters whenever I fill up. I like to fill up around the 200 mile mark unless I'm on a trip and getting better gas mileage from riding on the lower speed back roads.

I'd like to know more about the 260 ohm resister and where exactly to put it with pics if possible. Sounds like something worth doing.
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The resistor was simply installed inline between the sender and the gauge. The 260 ohm is likely specific to the Kaw 900 and someone would need to play around with varying resistors to see if a certain ohm is a fix for the Vics.

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Ahh, I see. I misread your post. Well; maybe someone with access to lots of resisters will give it a go and figure it out if it can be fixed.
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I noticed this before my first fill up after I picked up my new 2011 XC on Saturday. My dealer filled the tank before we left his shop, so we put 185 miles on the clicker. The fuel gauge seemed to drop like a rock just after reaching below half but, it only took 3.5 gallons at the pump. Thankfully i have AAA and Victory roadside assistance.

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I have yet to own a motorcycle where the gas gauge was worth a darn. There is so much fuel movement and other factors with a motorcycles gas tank it's an almost useless idea.
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