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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I found out Friday that if you start to hear a sound like a turbine spinning up you may be low on gas. I had noticed on my way back from a customer site that my low fuel light was on. It was bright out so it was hard to see, but it wasn't on when I left home that morning and I had not driven that many miles.

I was almost to the office so I figured I would just get gas on the way home. At lunch I thought nothing of it and went and got lunch. So on the way home as I am leaving the office I hear that weird sound, first time I hear it I think it came from the car that is beside me, as I am accelerating and merging in traffic.. I get about a mile from the office and realize I left my phone. So I turn around and go back. On the way to the office I start hearing this sound more and more and I realize this sound is coming from my bike.

I get to the office get off and check it over and see nothing I rev the engine and nothing. So I hope I can make it home, still not remembering I am low on gas. As soon as I take off the sound is back. I get about 1/2 mile from office and it's start sputtering and I know then what it is. It's the fuel pump sucking air.

It's really loud and a weird kind of sound. I wish this bike had a tripometer I could set at each fill up. On bright sunny days the light is hard to see. I stopped so it wouldn't run out completely and had my wife bring me a gallon of gas to get me to the gas station. That is the first time in a very long time that I let a vehicle run out of gas on me.

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They have one. There is a button on the side of the speedometer that you push.

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They have one. There is a button on the side of the speedometer that you push.
I could not believe a digital odometer did not have a tripometer. I was about to tell you that mine did not but I just went out and looked again to make sure I wasn't crazy. I guess I was. I figured if it had one it would be on the side and easily accessible. Well I walked around front and looked under it and there is a button.

It's at the very bottom and you have to push the cables to the side to get to it. Well thanks, I feel like a dummy.

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There is nothing worse for an electric fuel pump than letting it run dry. Fuel lubricates and cools the pump's mechanicals. The whine you were hearing was because it was getting HOT. I would take great care to not push my luck with it in the future, if it were me.

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The whine can also be the normal pump operation with the acoustics of an empty tank. Depends how loud or smooth it sounds.


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There is nothing worse for an electric fuel pump than letting it run dry. Fuel lubricates and cools the pump's mechanicals. The whine you were hearing was because it was getting HOT. I would take great care to not push my luck with it in the future, if it were me.
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Term...you just took a little more life off your pump. Sorry, but keep fuel in it at all times. You can get away with it once, twice...but sooner or later it will just simply fail. By "get away with it" I mean it may still operate. But even once will take a little life off.

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haha. Tough lesson! I use the trip odometer every fill up. Gets me about 145 miles before the light but I ride it pretty laid back.

What every bike needs is TWO trip odometers! My Yamaha has it and it's super helpful to set Trip A for gas and Trip B for oil change interval!
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I use mine too, but I'm normally at about 170-180 miles when the light comes on. I've gone as much as 195 before the light has come on, but that has only happened once... must have been babying it that day ;-)

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I use mine too, but I'm normally at about 170-180 miles when the light comes on. I've gone as much as 195 before the light has come on, but that has only happened once... must have been babying it that day ;-)
My low fuel light doesn't work any more (wire broke off in the tank) so I use the trip meter only. When it gets up around 170 miles I start thinking about gas. 3.8 gallons will fill it.

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I use mine too, but I'm normally at about 170-180 miles when the light comes on. I've gone as much as 195 before the light has come on, but that has only happened once... must have been babying it that day ;-)
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My low fuel light doesn't work any more (wire broke off in the tank) so I use the trip meter only. When it gets up around 170 miles I start thinking about gas. 3.8 gallons will fill it.
I'm wondering if my low level light comes on early for some reason? my light comes on at 140-150 miles and it usually takes just over 3 gallons to fill. I fill the bike on the side stand...should I be sitting it level to fill? I think I tried that once and it didn't seem to allow more fuel to be added?
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