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Fuel Gauge Issues Resolved

My 08 V Gas Gauge had been slowly miss-computing the amount of fuel, showing 1/2 full after topping off. At 6 months old it was 1/4 tank off. Anyway, just to let everyone know, I took the bike to Ellicot City Motosports outside of Baltimore and they sweet talked Kawasai into fixing the problem even though the bike was two weeks past warranty.

The problem turned out to be a faulty reader/gauge inside the tank.

Many praises to Ellicot City Moto. This is the second warranty job, the first was the Head Light Rattle. More amazing is that I purchased the Bike in Oregon!!

Please keep this shop in mind for your work.
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ps Great thread on the Seat Repair using a front filler under the existing foam and Velcro strips for re-attachment. Just finished mine and looking forward to a test ride.
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Thanks for letting us know. It's always good to hear about a positive dealership experience...



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One thing about Versys is the gas gauge seems to go down faster than most of my other bike. Most bike seem to show full bar, and suddenly drop and warn u that low fuel.

There are 6 bars, when I fill up, all 6 bars shows, just riding around a little, it become 5 bars... After about 100 miles or so, only 2 bars show. After about 130 or so, only one bar show...

When there is only 1 bar less, I can ride around till almost 200. I always fuel up before FUEL start flashing...

My average MPG is good though... I am getting 45-55, depends on how I ride.

Wonder how others versys gauge behave...

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I can get around 220 miles before the FUEL warning appears, sometimes a wee bit more.

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One thing about Versys is the gas gauge seems to go down faster than most of my other bike. Most bike seem to show full bar, and suddenly drop and warn u that low fuel.

There are 6 bars, when I fill up, all 6 bars shows, just riding around a little, it become 5 bars... After about 100 miles or so, only 2 bars show. After about 130 or so, only one bar show...

When there is only 1 bar less, I can ride around till almost 200. I always fuel up before FUEL start flashing...

My average MPG is good though... I am getting 45-55, depends on how I ride.

Wonder how others versys gauge behave...
My Versys' gauge works the way I expect it to. It starts after a fill-up with all of the bars and then decreases monotonically until I get the fuel alarm (or whatever it is called) about 200 miles. Around the time I get the alarm, I have just a bit more than 0.9 gallons of fuel left in the bike.
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My Versys' gauge works the way I expect it to. It starts after a fill-up with all of the bars and then decreases monotonically until I get the fuel alarm (or whatever it is called) about 200 miles. Around the time I get the alarm, I have just a bit more than 0.9 gallons of fuel left in the bike.
According to the manual, when only 1 bar is showing, you have 1.2 or 1.3 gallon left, when FUEL showing you have 0.9 gallon left.

Is your 1 bar accurate? my 1 bar is not accurate, I can still go quite a distance with that one bar... after another 20-30 miles and if I put gas in, I can only put in 3.5 gallon or so.

My gauge go from 6 bar to 1 bar quick, 1 bar seem to last a long long time... Kind of off, I think. Not really a big deal but nice to have a more accurate gauge...

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Mine seems to give me around 30-35 miles per bar.
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One thing about Versys is the gas gauge seems to go down faster than most of my other bike. Most bike seem to show full bar, and suddenly drop and warn u that low fuel.

There are 6 bars, when I fill up, all 6 bars shows, just riding around a little, it become 5 bars... After about 100 miles or so, only 2 bars show. After about 130 or so, only one bar show...

When there is only 1 bar less, I can ride around till almost 200. I always fuel up before FUEL start flashing...

My average MPG is good though... I am getting 45-55, depends on how I ride.

Wonder how others versys gauge behave...
Mine works exactly the same way. It's different than other bikes I've had but I like it and it's very understandable. I've ridden bikes for years before we had gas gauges. It's a nice feature to have, for sure...
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