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Fuel Gauge Accuracy

2009 Versys fuel gauge had one bar and began flashing "FUEL" at ~190 miles. At 193.7 miles on the odo I filled the tank putting 4.28 gal (45.2mpg). Fuel tank capacity being 5.0 gal the range would be ~226 miles. It would be hard to argue that erring a bit on the conservative side for a fuel warning signal.
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If you are relaying that there is not much range left after the warning starts blinking- not sure.

I often roam alone, and it's funny how fast the gas gauge on my '08 can go from a couple blips down to one....

I wish sometimes the V had the same size tank as my old KLR, that would make it dandy. But I suppose it would also make it more top heavy.

Sometimes I find myself staring at that single bar-blip mark on the empty end of the fuel gauge, and wondered if I would make it to civilization or a town with fuel.

A couple years ago, I started carrying a large PRIMUS bottle, it's rated for carrying gas. It's 1.5 L I believe (or biggest one of this design), about $25-27 bucks.

I can fuel/fill it in-place without having to remove it, plus it accepts a gas-station size pump nozzle.
It fits nicely on the one side behind my SW Motech side rack-- just opposite a tool tube. Math not being my thing, and I am not great with the metric system, I am thinking this might take me 15-18 miles as a reserve. I have not had to use it, but I do keep it full of non-oxy premium, and rotate the contents with fresh once in awhile. Even if I never need it, maybe I will rescue some maiden on the Harley that's broke down and my KARMA will suddenly change?

I have it on a bottle-rack from Twisted Throttle with a hose clamp. It's actually smaller/shorter somewhat in contrast with the tool tube on the opposite rack.
Naw, it's not a gallon or anything, it's just an appetizer sized amount I can easily carry and forget about for the most part, until maybe I need it.

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Not sure what the O.P. is asking, but I look at a motorcycle fuel gauge as a rough guideline. I would guess there would be like a 10% variance in accuracy from one V to another. As Clint would say: "A man has got to know his limitations" (and the range of a full tank). Also, when I am looking for maximum range I hold the bike straight upright to use all of tank capacity (I hope that is what it does).

"Math not being my thing, and I am not great with the metric system, I am thinking this might take me 15-18 miles as a reserve." In the real world you can consider a liter about a quart ( a liter is 1000cc and if I remember a quart is 948cc). So your 1 1/2 quarts of fuel (3/8 gallon) at 45 mpg would get you as you surmised, about 17 more miles.

That's a lot of math - I think I need a nap now.
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