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Question Versys Gas

I was wondering how far do you let your gas gauge get to empty before filling up and how far can that last bar last from the time it first get there. Also how long can you go with "fuel" flashing i think it was 54 but wanted to make sure.
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I fill up when it gets to one solid bar. Flashing bar means less than a gallon 0.9 I think the books says.

On a perfect day, no headwinds, no hills, no luggage, driving gently one up, you could probably get in the region of 50miles.

My rule of thumb is 25max when last digit flashes, too many variables to go much further than that.

One of my main reasons for buying the V was that in nearly any conditions I could get to 200miles without running out. V holds 5 USgallons/19liters, I seem to get around 50mpg 2 up (when I drive a bit slower), hot/cold weather, mountains etc.

Think some one did run one out a while back carrying a spare, but can't remember what he got.

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In KM a mate of mine got about 60 km with the light flashing then he had to push .
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Well tonight I had to drive home 20 minutes with the light flashing on saying i need fuel it got me home and that was with 16 miles on it I still have to ride out and get gas so i may be pushing my bike the the gas station, I will let you know how many miles I get.
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I will push it to or from work (about 20 miles) after it starts to flash, but no farther. I really don't like the idea of running out. Then it usually takes about 4.5 gallons to top off, so I could probably push it 35 or 40 miles total if I had to.

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According to owner manual,

last bar flashing, you still got 1.2 or 1.3 gallons left.

When FUEL show up, you got 0.9 gallan left.

Everyone got different MPG, do you own math. I always put gas long before it gets that low.
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Since I have a 150 mile bladder (unless just blasting down the interstate) I seldom need a 200 mile fuel tank ;>)
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I've only gotten gas twice since buying my V. But I've filled it back up when its had two bars showing on my gas gage.it takes about 3.something gallons at that time.
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Hi Versysred,

Normally top up the petrol before the flashing FUEL lights comes out.
Probably to avoid any petrol fluid cavitation in the fuel pump. Causes bad things to fuel pumps.
But do let the fuel pump to be at minimum if removing the tank for maintenance or just tinkering.

Jcctx raised a funny but true point. Either this or that

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I pushed mine 290 miles. The tank was dry almost but she did it. I am at high altitude though. Better mileage. I get 58-59 consistant.
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I pushed mine 290 miles. The tank was dry almost but she did it. I am at high altitude though. Better mileage. I get 58-59 consistant.
WOW! Do you ever rev it past 3k??? I've heard of some high mpg claims before, but that's impressive!



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Well i am a lugger, i know it is not good for them but i tend to keep the r's low. I roll out though, 65-70 hwy..

High altitude makes a big difference.
Tank was dry though..

I ride mostly above 9000ft
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Down here at sea level (or lake level) I am happy to get 50. Most of the time I get 47. The first five bars on the gauge gets me ~30 miles each. Then it starts warning fuel about 180-190. I have gone 235 and not run out. I have found that my chain being lubed makes a huge difference. I got one tank at 40mpg! Lubed the chain right back up to 47. This was this Sunday. I rode 670 miles. 41 on the first tank (Minneapolis -> Duluth), 47 on tanks 2 & 3 (Duluth -> Thunder Bay -> Duluth) and 48 on tank 4 (Duluth -> Minneapolis). Only difference was scottoiler was off on the first leg.

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Mine pretty much will get around 215 before it starts flashing and still should have .09 gallons left. Have pushed it to 235 before but was getting nervous. Put in 4.5 gallons so in theory would have been ok to at least 250. But normally when it starts flashing I start looking for a gas station. But not to worried because I know I still have a least 25 miles before I have to start pushing.
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I haven't got it to were it was flashing yet, i usually fill up after 180 to 210 miles. I get anywhere from 53 mpg up to 58 mpg. depending how aggresive i am. i am usually between 3500 and 4000 rpms.
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Well I just drove around and around the block were the gas station was today I got 32 miles before she started to sputter. But luckily I was right were the gas station was.
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I just got home from a 2600+ mile trip to Colorado. On the way home I misjudged my gas stops in Wyoming. I was bucking a pretty good head wind and did 252.8 miles. Fill up was 4.898 gallons. I was laying on the tank and I even tried to coast down hill but the wind wouldn't let me. On the trip I got as high as 59 and low as 38. The 38 was against a 40 mph wind and I was flogging it.
I go to Colorado to use the other 2/3's of my tires (and see my son).
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Wow, I can't seem to keep it under 5000 RPM

My bike (daily commuter on back country Oregon roads) gets a steady 42-44 MPG with bags. I'm surprised at the MPG reports on this thread, I get no where near these numbers. Oregon runs 10% Ethanol. I would assume that this reduces my mileage but to what degree? Last time my Bike got 50+ was the very first tank with no bags and keeping the speed 50-60 MPH max (4000 rpm). Anyway, I take meticulous care (weekly chain maintenance and tire pressure checks). I just figured that this mileage was normal.
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I try not to worry about the mileage. Fill my BABY up and just ride!!! Guess I should check it out at least once to see where I stand.
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Wow, I can't seem to keep it under 5000 RPM

My bike (daily commuter on back country Oregon roads) gets a steady 42-44 MPG with bags. I'm surprised at the MPG reports on this thread, I get no where near these numbers. Oregon runs 10% Ethanol. I would assume that this reduces my mileage but to what degree? Last time my Bike got 50+ was the very first tank with no bags and keeping the speed 50-60 MPH max (4000 rpm). Anyway, I take meticulous care (weekly chain maintenance and tire pressure checks). I just figured that this mileage was normal.
I got my V less than 2 weeks ago, I already got over 500 miles. Did my oil change yesterday.

The only time my MPG is in the 40 range is when I ride very very aggresively, like 3rd gear in tight canyon all the way through the canyon.

All my other ride, I am constantly getting over 50 MPG, including some canyon, not too tight curve. My last fill up, I was getting 57.xx mpg.

My bike is all stock, no bags or anything.

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