Miles To Empty?

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  1. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Since having the Rocket I've often filled up when it has said about 10 miles to empty (fuel light comes on about 100 miles) but I've only had to put in 15-16 litres (it holds 18ltr) The other day i was about 4 miles from the nearest fuel station and it was down to zero miles to empty, i wasn't worried as i knew it wasn't accurate, but i was curious to see just how much fuel i could put in, i put in 16.25 ltrs so i reckon when it says zero to empty I've still got about 15 miles before i really am empty :)
     
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  2. Old dumb arse

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    Been there done that with my street triple. Too much drama for me, will it really make it till next petrol station. Many times for for me it's a 40 mile Gamble. Roll the dice
     
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  3. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    when the fuel light comes on i try to fill up as soon as i can, but it's handy to know zero miles to empty actually means 15 miles to empty, not that i want to try this theory out!
     
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  4. andyc1

    andyc1 Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
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    I did try that theory on my last superduke, it didn't worko_O
    Luckily for me it was only about 500 yards and downhill to the petrol station :joy:
     
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  5. sprintdave

    sprintdave Nurse,he's out of bed again

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    I wouldn't risk taking a chance knowing the weight of a Rocket. It would be a long hard push...
     
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  6. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    I'm always curious how much farther I can actually make it once my low fuel light comes on. However, I've not been curious enough to test it out and chance running out of gas. I guess I could just keep riding circles around the gas station so I'd be sure to be near the pump when I did finally run out. ;):joy:
     
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  7. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    No gizmo's on our old bikes, when it runs out of fuel i just flick the reserve tap on :)
     
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  8. Cyborgbot

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    Just always remember to switch the valve back to ‘normal’ position after filling. I am not saying I didn’t once (many moons ago) do that (I did) only to find the reserve was missing that day.
     
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  9. MattP

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    Strap a can of fuel on the pillion seat, run until empty, then you'll know, and you won't be stuck without fuel.
     
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  10. Sprinter

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    Strange territory yesterday, fuel light on 20 miles ago down to one bar, filling station up ahead. Derelict!! Did make it to the next one which was 10 miles further on.
     
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  11. Gyp

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    I loved the instructions in the owners manual for my first BMW twin which had a single fuel tap. My later ones had twin taps.

    In summary:-

    Tap to "on" for normal running.

    When that runs out turn to "res".

    When that runs out, rest the bike on the left cylinder head to allow fuel in the lower right part of the tank to move to the left side of the tank
     
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  12. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    Lol, the same can be done even with the twin taps on a Triumph as you have an inch or so of fuel left in the right hand side of the tank when or if reserve runs out. Edit But you can't rest it on the cylinder head :joy:
     
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  13. Yorkshireman

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    You can cause damage to the fuel pump running it dry, the fuel acts as a lubricant to the internal workings so be careful if you do this.
     
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  14. steve lovatt

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    Wouldn't want to chance 15 miles to empty - too much of a squeaky bum moment! :D
     
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  15. littleade

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    I'd like to follow him just for the laugh as the miles ticked by
     
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  16. johne

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    I wouldn't want to push a Rocket far. :eek:
     
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  17. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    FTFY ;)
     
  18. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Mr. Sandi's motto on motorcycle trips: "When you see food, eat it. When there's gas, get it. When a bathroom's nearby, use it." :cool:
     
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  19. Yorkshireman

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    Especially the bathroom :worried:
     
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  20. Cyborgbot

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    I thought that applied to diesel. Is it the same for petrol?

    I have no idea. I am unashamedly exposing my stupidity - again.
     
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