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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2018, 07:01:11 AM »
I've ridden more than 60 km on the flashing bar, as I was quite sure it starts flashing with something like 3 litres left and I get about 32 kpl from my usual (relaxed) riding style. Till now (close to 36,000 km) calculations have proved to be right and I've not been pushing the bike!

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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2018, 09:27:59 AM »
*Originally Posted by marktbike [+]
I've ridden more than 60 km on the flashing bar, as I was quite sure it starts flashing with something like 3 litres left and I get about 32 kpl from my usual (relaxed) riding style. Till now (close to 36,000 km) calculations have proved to be right and I've not been pushing the bike!

I've found that the bike will empty with a reserve use reading of between 3.9 and 4L. I don't tend to worry if the bar starts to flash when I'm on my usual commute as I know where the fuel stations are and how far I can push it. I personally set 75km on reserve as a reasonable range, knowing that I'll likely have a little be extra just in case (note: this is what I use given my riding conditions, speed and style - the range will be less if a person rides the bike more aggressively than I do). I'm comfortable filling up with a reading of between 3 and 3.5L of the reserve tank consumed.
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2018, 09:53:42 AM »
Daft question - why run the tank to empty, or so near empty, and risk running out, when you know you'll need to get fuel soon anyway??   :187:
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2018, 12:28:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
Daft question - why run the tank to empty, or so near empty, and risk running out, when you know you'll need to get fuel soon anyway??   :187:

It'a a fair point - not daft at all.  :821:

Well, aside from my previously-mentioned mishaps (ahem... I should never have admitted to them LOL) I don't run out. For me, I know where the petrol stations are on my regular run and I can make them easily, so I don't risk running out. I fill up three or four times a week - I'd rather not spend more time in petrol stations than I have to. Also, sometimes I prefer not to interrupt my journey to or from work (such as if I'm running late) and so fill at the end of my ride, which can mean riding using the reserve for a while.

I don't always let it go to the 3.5L mark - I just don't get worried if it does, because that only tends to happen in circumstances where I am very confident that I will hit a station in time.

If I'm in unfamiliar terrain (especially very remote areas where fuel stations are less common) then it's a different matter and I tend to be more cautious.  :001:
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2018, 12:52:15 PM »
Of course!! 

Being retired, I didn't have my work/commuting brain in gear, and had forgotten all those days trying to get in through the rush hour jams, in time to get parked (never easy parking a car near Glasgow City Centre!) and get to the office..... :006:

Nowadays, a trip to the petrol station is a morning's activity!!!!  :008:
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2018, 01:16:33 PM »
Ha ha! Oh, to have that problem.  :008:
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2018, 07:38:12 PM »
I agree with the flashing bottom bar at about 3.0 litres to 3.5 litres in reserve. I just completed an adventure ride that had some backroads, freeway and some country gravel roads, the reserve started flashing around 370km mark. I was able to get to a gas station at the 400km mark and I squeezed in 14.56litres. Therefore, the bike could easily go 470km if you stay off the freeways, I don't think the bike enjoys the 140km/hr for sustained periods of time. Also at that speed it is a boring ride anyways.

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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2018, 07:44:21 PM »
Motorways (Freeways) are boring and as you say I don't think the 500X likes them. It'll do them no problem but it feels like it's working a little hard. The bike is more chilled at 60 mph or below.

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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2019, 03:13:00 AM »
I was quite glad I'd read this thread a few days before I flew the bike to Calgary from Toronto and rode 560 km to my AirBnb....long day.
I thought I was going to run out on a stretch of the Transcanada past the Rogers Pass. Was blinking and the GPS said 60 km to next fuel.
If you are going to pick a spot to be low ...top of the Rogers is not a bad one as I almost coasted to Revelstoke - it turned out I still had at least a liter left.
The counter went up to 1.9 on my 2018 ...so I'm thinking during the last stretch I only had very little left but if it actually starts when there is a US gallon left ....that's about 3.4 litres and would square up with the fuel I put in.
This discussion gave me some comfort.

It was 465 km to that fillup at speeds between 80 and 130 kph with side cases, a Madstad screen, tank bag and pillion bag.

I do like its long legs, :028:

Had I run out the knock on consequences would have been fraught on a number of fronts...
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Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2019, 06:40:44 AM »
Based on my average mpg, i reckon each bar is worth about 45 miles

 


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