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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-13-2017, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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This may be one of those 'duh' questions, but this really has me stumped..

Owner's manual says fuel capacity is 5.8 gal. When I run the level down to where the low fuel light comes on, range usually indicates around 40-45 miles, which, I assume, is about 1 gal or so. So, if I do the math right it should take more than 4 gal.

Yet, when I fuel up, it seems to only take a little more than 3 gal to fill up. So my question is; is MOM overstating fuel capacity, is the fuel range really off, or am I just not getting it.

Now, I know that the range is only a 'best guess' and not to solely rely on it, although it does come fairly close to the average MPG.

As an aside; I almost always start looking for gas station when there is on'y 1/4 tank left, so I don't worry to much about running out of fuel. I also know that a lot of things affect your mileage, so I guess I am more curious than anything else.

But I do want to know where that extra gallon went.

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Fuel capacity is up to mom but fuel economy is up to each rider. If you search the forums you'll find that most people (a lot of which never had a fuel meter before their Vic) tend to fill up at intervals rather than trust a computer calculated guess.

I ride 10,000 plus miles per summer with a friend that rides a street glide. We both fill up at the same time at around 180 miles. Depending on how fast the 180 miles went we both put about 3.1 gallons in if we've averaged under 80 mph or 3.4 to 4.1 if we've averaged over 80 mph.

Results will vary depending on speed, weather, traffic, elevation, temp, etc...

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Yep, it's a quirk with the X bikes, most noticeable on the XC's. These bikes use an inside the tank fuel pump that relies on the fuel to keep it cool so in practical use you really should plan on filling up at no less than 1/4 tank; before that if it isn't inconvenient.

It will handle the occasional extreme low fuel level but I wouldn't make a habit of it.

The fuel sensor in these bikes aren't linear either. They move slow as heck at full(ish) tank mark but move very fast between 3/4 and empty. You can stop looking at the fuel gauge and use your odometer like many folks do if that works better for you. Just fill up at the 150 miles point so if you find yourself having to go farther for gas; you won't run out. I've ran mine almost to empty and got 225 miles. I think, IIRC, I put in 5.7 gal at that point and felt lucky to not run out due to my stupidity.

My KP doesn't have a gauge which I found to be okay on an 04 but all bikes should have a fuel gauge by 2007 or so but Victory chose not to do that with the steel frame bikes for whatever reason. I just fill up sometime after 100 miles on that bike even though I could probably go another 60-80 miles before running on fumes.
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Wouldn't it be cool if someone made an emergency can of gas about the size of a 16 can of beer that didn't go bad as long as it wasn't opened? I'd have a couple of those bad boys, one in each saddle bag of both bikes in a protective container; just in case I or someone needed it.
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My tank once went bone dry at 260 miles. Light goes on with about 1.5 gallons remaining. When the light comes in, I mentally figure I have a max of 60 miles left, using a low mpg of 40. When in doubt.....
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Wouldn't it be cool if someone made an emergency can of gas about the size of a 16 can of beer that didn't go bad as long as it wasn't opened? I'd have a couple of those bad boys, one in each saddle bag of both bikes in a protective container; just in case I or someone needed it.
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Finding a container isn't the problem. The problem is the fuel starts going bad after just one month. I suppose someone could go through all the trouble to put the old gas in their tank at every fill up and put new gas in the container each time but that isn't what I was hoping for one day.

A literal pop top can of gas that doesn't go bad so it will be there 5 or 10 years down the road if needed without having to change out the fuel in it every month.

I greatly appreciate the effort to find that though.
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Wouldn't it be cool if someone made an emergency can of gas about the size of a 16 can of beer that didn't go bad as long as it wasn't opened? I'd have a couple of those bad boys, one in each saddle bag of both bikes in a protective container; just in case I or someone needed it.
It doesn't seal and keep gas fresh but it is a comfort having it. I carry one when heading out on road trips.
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My gas light comes on at about 140 miles depending on wind and twist. My bike averages 38-39 mpg consistently no matter my twisting style. Most I have put in has been just shy of 4 gallons.

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It doesn't seal and keep gas fresh but it is a comfort having it. I carry one when heading out on road trips.
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My gas light comes on at about 140 miles depending on wind and twist. My bike averages 38-39 mpg consistently no matter my twisting style. Most I have put in has been just shy of 4 gallons.
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I had one of the REDA Innovations gas cans about 6-7 years ago...but the lid bound up on it...it appears that they have addressed that and some other issues with a new version of this can.

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