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Offline TowerMan

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #10 on: Nov 14, 2017, 06:33 PM »
*Originally Posted by Craigasaki [+]
It's always worth one journey with a gallon can bungeed to the back (with petrol in it of course).

If you do do that make sure you put a little 2T oil (300:1) in the tank beforehand, so that when you run the tank down the pressurising fuel pump has a little pre lub before it runs dry.

The fuel pump in the tank is cooled / lubricated by the fuel going through it and can easily fail very quickly if run dry  :138:

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Offline kevin..in

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #11 on: Nov 14, 2017, 07:25 PM »
*Originally Posted by 78 Bravo [+]
How did you manage that? Drill holes either side of the filler cap to expel the air??!  :028: :028:
I have now, but you can fill it right up by shaking it a bit to "burp" the tank.
The 20.8ltrs indicates that I was on fumes when I filled up, I didn't get anymore than that in when I ran dry and pushed it back!

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #12 on: Nov 14, 2017, 07:29 PM »
B careful lads once had as low as 165 after an absolute 3/figure caning my mk 1/into a head/ cross wind on the Mway with a top box and as much as 225 hooning up and down the box like Fred Astaire around Wales. Both would be a true reflection of my riding.
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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #13 on: Nov 14, 2017, 09:14 PM »
208 miles before the light came on.  5 more miles to the petrol station, 16.2l put in the tank.

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #14 on: Nov 18, 2017, 12:02 AM »
Oh yeah ..... Owners manual ... I knew I should have read something before hopping on and riding ...!
Well I was so excited at picking it up i just .. Well you know how it is ..!!

I do reset the trip at full ups but it's good to know I can get at least 200 before filling up again

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #15 on: Jul 12, 2018, 11:26 AM »
I hope it's not bad form to resurrect an aged thread? It seems appropriate in this case...

I fill up every three commutes on my Mk 3, which means between 214 and 244 miles (depending on whether I take the scenic route home). Never quite got to 18l (17.99 was the most after 242 miles).
The flashing starts before I get to work on day 3, and I have a 35-40 mile return journey before filling up in my home town.
Range is useless - I can put it in the garage with a range of 180 miles, and get it out in the morning and it's dropped to 45 overnight! Of course it attempts to count down to when the flashing starts, then disappears, so you can't use it or rely on it for anything.
Trip average mpg is pretty good - reads a couple of mpg below the real figure, but once you know that it's reliable.
I get around 60mpg (58-64 depending on weather and route), so with about 40-45 miles on the flashy, which is supposed to indicate 5.5 usable litres, I should still have another comfortable 25-30 miles left (which I don't feel like testing!).
It's a bit annoying that the flashing gauge starts about 15 miles earlier than it did on my mk1, despite the extra 2 litres of fuel in the tank. The mk1 gauge was useful, this one is crap (aside from the average mpg, which is great!), so it's back to old-skool trip meter for knowing when to fill up.
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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #16 on: Jul 12, 2018, 12:10 PM »
My route into work is 35 miles.  Yesterday morning I set off and 5 miles in the light flashed.  I decided to carry on to work as there's a petrol station 100 yards away.  So 30 miles on reserve.

17.5 litres is all I could get into the tank.  I had done 242 miles since the last refuel. 

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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #17 on: Jul 12, 2018, 01:35 PM »
My Mk3 tank range is a good 250miles depending on riding style it usually goes on reserve around 215 miles but when I refuel it only takes about 18 litres which is great for touring and yeah the range readout isnít reliable but the m.p.g is fairly accurate Iím getting low to mid 60m.p.g.
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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #18 on: Jul 12, 2018, 02:10 PM »
I miss having an old-fashioned petcock with a Reserve position.  In 30+ years of riding with such arrangement, I only ran out of fuel once; fortunately, it was on the way back down a mountain and there was a gas station at the bottom.  In case you're wondering, coasting thru steep downhill curves with a dead engine is NOT the greatest feeling in the world.  :5:  :001:
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Re: My bike tells me fibs ....
« Reply #19 on: Jul 12, 2018, 02:26 PM »
It looks to me that Kawasaki changed nothing with fuel gauge when they increased the fuel tank volume. Fuel gauge still "thinks" it is a 19 liter tank.
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