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purchelli
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petrol tank capacity

Postby purchelli » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:11 am



Hi all, I looked up the fuel capacity for my year 2000 GL 1500 SE. The specs said it was a 23 litre tank. However, when my needle is reading what looks to me very low I fill up the bike and it only takes about 16 litres. The petrol warning light has never come on. Am I filling up too early or is there a smaller tank spec for the bike?



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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:55 am

I have the same issue on my '96 SE and the capacity is correct.
The little research that I've done points to the fuel sensor.
You can test it like this
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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:40 am

If you consult your Honda Handbook (if you got one with your bike) there is a section that describes the fuel gauge.



I have ridden my bike many many times where the needle on the fuel gauge drops into/below the red zone.
As a matter of fact, my Low Fuel Level warning light does not come on until the needle is just leaving the red zone. (usually 300+ KM) and the tank requires 21+ L of fuel to fill up




I have ridden it until it required 23+ L to fill (not recommended!) and the needle looked something like this on the gauge ....





Don't be afraid to ride further and allow your needle to travel into the red zone, as long as you know where the next open petrol station is!

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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:41 am

Until I can resolve the issue, I've just been using the distance that I've gone to approximate how much fuel remains and when I need to refill.
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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:49 pm

Around town, when the fuel low light come on, I usually have about a gallon left. That is when I fill it up.
On a long road trip, I usually wait until my bladder is in need of draining and then look for a gas station, usually a Pilot station, so I can get something to fill my own tank as well. I haven't run out of gas yet.
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purchelli
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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby purchelli » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:56 am

ok thanks all. I'm gonna carry a gallon and run her until she starts sputtering. That's the only way I'll gauge it.

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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:25 am

purchelli wrote:ok thanks all. I'm gonna carry a gallon and run her until she starts sputtering. That's the only way I'll gauge it.
Or to know if your low fuel level warning light works!

That's exactly what I did when I noticed the low fuel level light didn't light up when I was in WA State and I had put in a little over 5.6 US gal.

I put 8 L of fuel in a gas can into one of my saddlebags when I was down to the 1/4 mark on the gas gauge.
The bike sputtered to a halt at 397 km and no low fuel level warning light came on. Put the gas in, bike fired right up and when I got home, I ordered a new fuel reserve sensor, (part # 37810-MN%-008) installed it and it's been working ever since.

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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby purchelli » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:08 am

Went for a long ride last weekend carrying a tank of gas in reserve just in case. I rode and rode and the needle went way below the red line on the gauge. At the point that I'd convinced myself she was gonna start sputtering the low gas light lit up. I rode about 3 kms further and put 20 litres in. Awesome capacity on these bikes. Just awesome!! Thanks for the feedback everyone and particularly Dusty Boots who gave me the confidence to push on despite the needle indicating empty.

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Re: petrol tank capacity

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:28 am

Once you know how far the gas needle travels to the left past the "E" and that your reserve light actually works and lights up, you'll discover just what range these bikes are capable of and when you should start looking for fuel! ;)

Glad that you have now discovered that! :idea:




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