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low fuel gauge blinks??

Who knew the fuel gauge blinks when you get low enough on fuel?
Seriously, I've had this motorcycle for almost 3 years, about 12000 miles and I just found out yesterday that when you get real low on fuel, the display blinks at you.
How much fuel do you have left when it starts blinking at you anyway?
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1-1/2 GAL? But it is in the maual
blinks when you get kinda low & becomes more insistant when your really low
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From low fuel light 'til engine quits I get about 35 miles so it appears to be about 0.7 gal or so.
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On my 12 I can go 37 miles to engine sputter.
I had a can of fuel with me


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Good to know. I rode about ten miles with it blinking at me before I got to an exit with convenient fuel. I was getting pretty nervous though. I guess I've never gotten that low before.
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I was getting pretty nervous though. I guess I've never gotten that low before.
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...How much fuel do you have left when it starts blinking at you anyway?
According to my Owners Manual ('09), when "FUEL" starts flashing there is 3.5 L (.9 US gal) left in the tank. (So I can go PROBABLY 45 miles to 'tank-dry'....)

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Oops. When mine started doing that I thought it was being cute.

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According to my Owners Manual ('09), when "FUEL" starts flashing there is 3.5 L (.9 US gal) left in the tank. (So I can go PROBABLY 45 miles to 'tank-dry'....)
Who you gonna believe, the owner's manual or your lyin' eyes?
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I have done 50 km after it started flashing before I wimped out and fuelled up
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Too funny. Tried that once............once
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pushed mine 60+ miles on "e" before it sputtered out 4 miles from home...long night
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I find when it starts to flash I can go about 1/2 mile shy of the nearest gas station. Of course this is on any bike I have ever owned. Some flash other I flip the reserve....then start to push.

Needless to say I don't take the chance any more.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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According to my Owners Manual ('09), when "FUEL" starts flashing there is 3.5 L (.9 US gal) left in the tank. (So I can go PROBABLY 45 miles to 'tank-dry'....)
THIS is a very good reason to work out your gas mileage regularly, and to KNOW things like the ..."3.5L once it starts flashing"..., to give you a "handle" on what you CAN do.

My buddy and I stopped for gas on the Alaska Hwy (both on Suzuki Bandit 1200S bikes), only to see an "Out of gas" sign, also indicating that gas WAS available 50 miles further west. My bud was "peed-off", but I'd done enough mileage checks to know I could do a bit more than 50 on reserve, so we started out, only to both go onto reserve w/in a few miles. We cruised at about 50 mph, got gas closer to 60 miles later, and each had SOME in reserve...!



In fact I "modded" the gas petcock on my KLR to give me OVER 100 miles on reserve, then posted it up on the KLR 'site. Several guys chimed-in that my mod was 'stupid' - WHY mod it if you didn't increase tank capacity...?

I tried to explain that knowing that when you selected reserve you could travel at least 100 miles to get gas made riding in the Rockies a LOT more relaxing...!

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2 liters is always reserve (= 0.52 US gallons)

(manual for '08 saying also the same)


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My V is an '08. If I stop for fuel as soon as the gage starts winking, I can usually put in 4 gallons. Since I have a 5 gallon tank, that means I have about 1 gallon in reserve. So, I can go about 50 more miles before running out of gas. I usually fill up soon after the winking starts, but sometimes go 30 more miles or so before refueling. In 7 years of riding the V, I've never run out of gas. [I always fill up with the bike on the side stand]
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My guess is no. It is easy to find out. Run it out of gas. I do it on ever bike I get. Put half a gallon of gas in a little jug.

When the bike coughs turn off the key. You can burn up the fuel pump if you run it dry for very long.
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My guess is no. It is easy to find out. Run it out of gas. I do it on ever bike I get. Put half a gallon of gas in a little jug.

When the bike coughs turn off the key. You can burn up the fuel pump if you run it dry for very long.
My concern would be getting whatever stuff is near the lowest part of your tank clogging the fuel filter/ pump.

On my F-150 I would run a tank dry, then switch to the other tank. After replacing a few fuel-pumps (BEAUCOUP $$$!) I stopped going below about 1/8 of a tank before I switched....

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