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What's the LONGEST number you've had in RANGE on Gen 3s?

I was returning home from a work-party rather high up in the 'hills' just N and E of my home, yesterday, w/ close to a full tank of gas in the GREEN HORNET TOO, when I saw the number go above 600 kms (I ride w/ the Trip Computor selected to RANGE), so I got to wondering... How BIG a number can I get...?

That particular road is partly deep-potholed-dirt, partly deep-potholed-pavement, so I figured I'd get the BEST number in 6th gear, w/ VERY LITTLE throttle, so I kept at it until I got the RANGE to indicate 999 kms (then I checked the kms since I'd filled the tank - 86 kms).

I KNOW I can ride somewhere around 500 kms w/out running dry, but I just thought it was NEAT to see my 'estimated' TOTAL endurance at 1,085 kms (674.2 miles) even knowing that it was just a "bull***t" number.

Any one else ever done that?




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I saw mine at 492 miles once...............headed south on highway 85 from Lead/Deadwood towards Newcastle. It's downhill for quite a few miles. My normal range from fill-up to low fuel light coming on is around 200 miles. Takes less than 4 gallons of gas to fill up though.
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My biggest problem with the range is how inaccurate it is when it's low.
Falling by over 80km within ~5 actual km (all that at steady highway speed, steady wind and flat terrain) is just insulting...
So I don't look at it anymore.
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My biggest problem with the range is how inaccurate it is when it's low.
Falling by over 80km within ~5 actual km (all that at steady highway speed, steady wind and flat terrain) is just insulting...
So I don't look at it anymore.
I understand your 'hesitation'. Shortly after I got my Gen 3, I read in MOTORCYCLIST their comment that the RANGE (in the trip computor) was WAY-Y-Y optimistic, so I decided to test it. I got a one gallon gas can, put in a few Ls of gas, then TRIED to run out of gas. FYI - the RANGE display goes to ZEROs at 50 kms or 30 miles, so I got there, 'zeroed' my trip odometer to see how FAR I'd be able to go, then continued riding.

I finally gave up and filled the tank AFTER I had ridden 80 kms (50 MILES!) w/out running out, and (my recollection...) put in LESS than a full tank, but I can't remember how much.

IMHO - the RANGE is wildly PESSIMISTIC, so I'm quite content riding w/ RANGE selected for its useful info.
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I understand your 'hesitation'. Shortly after I got my Gen 3, I read in MOTORCYCLIST their comment that the RANGE (in the trip computor) was WAY-Y-Y optimistic, so I decided to test it. I got a one gallon gas can, put in a few Ls of gas, then TRIED to run out of gas. FYI - the RANGE display goes to ZEROs at 50 kms or 30 miles, so I got there, 'zeroed' my trip odometer to see how FAR I'd be able to go, then continued riding.

I finally gave up and filled the tank AFTER I had ridden 80 kms (50 MILES!) w/out running out, and (my recollection...) put in LESS than a full tank, but I can't remember how much.

IMHO - the RANGE is wildly PESSIMISTIC, so I'm quite content riding w/ RANGE selected for its useful info.
LOL! That's what the math says anyway. 21L (and I probably put 22L) at 4.7L/100km avg, I should do 468km.

As for the LONGEST RANGE value I ever saw, after a fuel up, it was around 560km I vaguely recall. I think it merely divides the fuel gauge by the resettable consumption meter, not the 10-15 seconds consumption instant meter. So If you cheated, reset that long term comsumption, coasted to the fuel station at 2.1L/100km, you would get 1000km on start after fuel up.... That's my hypothesis anyway.
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The Range Gauge on my V-1000 has been on the money so far. I let it get down to the 25-30 miles left. Then i fill up and i had about a half a gallon in the tank.

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I was returning home from a work-party rather high up in the 'hills' just N and E of my home, yesterday, w/ close to a full tank of gas in the GREEN HORNET TOO, when I saw the number go above 600 kms (I ride w/ the Trip Computor selected to RANGE), so I got to wondering... How BIG a number can I get...?

That particular road is partly deep-potholed-dirt, partly deep-potholed-pavement, so I figured I'd get the BEST number in 6th gear, w/ VERY LITTLE throttle, so I kept at it until I got the RANGE to indicate 999 kms (then I checked the kms since I'd filled the tank - 86 kms).

I KNOW I can ride somewhere around 500 kms w/out running dry, but I just thought it was NEAT to see my 'estimated' TOTAL endurance at 1,085 kms (674.2 miles) even knowing that it was just a "bull***t" number.

Any one else ever done that?



That's with the 3 gen bike and it's 21 liter of capacity, right ?

I might have done something in the 450 km range with the 19 liter thank (1st gen), but I was worry sick about running out of gas

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That's with the 3 gen bike and it's 21 liter of capacity, right ?...
Oui monsieur L'ours Polaire.

ACTUALLY close to 22L the way I fill it up....

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