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A friend of mine in AZ has a son who is a test rider for Polaris. He spends five days a week test riding Victory's and Indian bikes for the company and he was a big help when I first got the bike.

At one point in time he warned me to be aware that all of the gas in that tank is not usable. I forgot what he told me the usable fuel quantity was and I'm just wondering if anybody has ever inadvertently run one out of fuel. For those of you tempted to say that you've never run a bike out of fuel I suggest that you haven't ridden long enough.

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No one does it on purpose and besides you could burn up your fuel pump and there not cheap.
Why would you even ask this fullish question

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I think that you misunderstood my question. I'm not advocating running out of fuel, I'm asking if the usable amount of fuel is really what the tank capacity is?

I believe that the tank capacity of the XC is 5.8 gallons, it would be nice to know if the usable amount is only 5 gallons wouldn't it? Given that the fuel gauges and computers on Victory are basically decorations that take up space on the dash board it would be nice to know using actual fuel mileage data what the usable range is. Keep in mind that I live in Wyoming and that fuel may or may not be available every few miles, there are more than a few places in the state where availability is stretched out to more than a hundred miles and even then you may only be able to get unbranded regular.

I stand by my question and don't regard it as fullish or even foolish. $#@& Auto Correct!!

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Trying to learn is never foolish.

My understanding from a Victory Master Tech is that you can use all 5.8 gallons but it is not recommended since the fuel also keeps the submerged fuel pump cooled. He also said he has nevertheless seen a fuel pump that he could say burned up because of running with low fuel. He's seen some he suspected though. No I can't tell you what made him suspect the low fuel. Maybe one of the mechs around will share their experience.i

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Yes I have ran mine low. Never ran it out completely. But remember even in your modern automobiles they do NOT recommend running the fuel very low or out, because the fuel helps cool the electric fuel pump. I have ran mine down to were the fuel light comes on and reads empty with the gauge or LED is flashing, I have the CrossRoads it has a LED fuel gauge. Does the CrossCountry have an actual analog fuel gauge I do not remember? I see the tank inner liner coming off somewhat were I put the fuel nozzle in, so it does concen me that the pick up screen may clog up. Fuel screen is recommended to be changed at 30K so I am going to try and do it, maybe save myself from having to replace or rebuild the pump.

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I agree, running around town with the fuel light on for three or four days is a bad idea. Besides that obnoxious thing drives me crazy so when it comes on I fuel up. What I'm referring to is out on the road being able to calculated my range and extend my fuel stops like running from Cody to Denver (500 miles) with only one fuel stop would be nice.

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I get 45 mpg and yesterday when I filled up speed-o said I have the range of 269 miles. So doing the math its off by 1 gallon.

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I probably should have phrased the question as: What's the most fuel you've ever taken at a fill up?

Sometimes my mind has a hard time keeping up with my ideas.

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Yes I have ran mine low. Never ran it out completely. But remember even in your modern automobiles they do NOT recommend running the fuel very low or out, because the fuel helps cool the electric fuel pump. I have ran mine down to were the fuel light comes on and reads empty with the gauge or LED is flashing, I have the CrossRoads it has a LED fuel gauge. Does the CrossCountry have an actual analog fuel gauge I do not remember? I see the tank inner liner coming off somewhat were I put the fuel nozzle in, so it does concen me that the pick up screen may clog up. Fuel screen is recommended to be changed at 30K so I am going to try and do it, maybe save myself from having to replace or rebuild the pump.
I also had the tank internal coating coming off on my 2010 XC. I reported it to the dealer I purchased the bike from on the 500 mile check. He said there was nothing to be concerned about. At 12000 miles the bike started to run bad and I thought I would not get back from the trip I was on. I nursed it back to the same dealer and after a $200.00 charge they changed the fuel filter that was full of the same red coating that was the coating in the tank. I didn't argue and just paid the bill. Two weeks ago the bike quit and would not start. I was close to another Vic dealer (not the one I purchased it from) I walked down and they sent a trailer to pick up my bike. The service manager informed me the next day that the fuel pump was not working. I told him about the previous problem, he talked to Victory and they are replacing the fuel pump and the fuel tank at no charge to me. Great dealer and Vic service. If I were you I would make a claim on your tank coating so the same thing doesn't happen to you. I am going to look for some kind of a plastic sleeve or small filter to use when I fuel he bike to avoid the problem. My Suzuki doesn't have any apparent coating in the tank, I wonder why Vic uses one?

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Ethanol is a great water magnet. It will hold moisture and in turn the O2 present in gasoline will corrode the steel of the tank. Older vehicles designed to run on REAL gasoline didn't have the tank corrosion issues using non ethanol fuels. Thank the government for messing with a formula that worked even without lead.

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