GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?


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GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby djlundwall » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:46 am



I apologize for maybe asking a REALLY STUPID question, but can someone tell me if FIRST, it has a reserve fuel tank, and SECOND, how do I make it available to use?

When I fill the tank up (even when it is bone dry) I am able to put only 5 gallons in it. I thought the gw's had a 6+ gallon tank?.



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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby brettchallenger » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:21 am

Hi,

Not a stupid question, I miss the reserve on mine.

The GL1500 doesn't actually have a fuel reserve in the traditional sense, that is, when you run out there is not another fuel valve position which will access a further few litres. Instead Honda opted for a low fuel warning light indicating that you should re-fuel. If you ignore this (or the light has failed - it happens) and you continue to ride then you will eventually come to a stop for lack of fuel.

The GL1500 fuel tanks holds 23 l (6.1 gallon US) so you should comfortably be able to fit in 5 US gallons.
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby djlundwall » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:51 am

Interesting! I even carried with me a 5gal gas can and ran my bike until it sputtered and stopped. I then filled my tank and it barely took the 5gal of gas. I could see the fuel all the way up to where it started to travel up the top of the gas tank.

Thx for your response in such a timely manner!

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby themainviking » Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:37 am

If the tank has been dented or become squashed, it will no longer hold the amount of fuel it was intended to hold.
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:56 pm

My 93SE shows a 5.4 gallon tank. My VTX only had a five and a half gallon tank. The only bike I have ever heard of having that large of a capacity was the Valkrye at six and a half.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby dingdong » Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:52 am

My 93 is 23 ltr. / 23 liter = 6.0759572042 US gal.
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:50 pm

well last year while traveling my low fuel light came on and by the time i made it to a gas station the wing took 5.83 gallons
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby robb » Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:08 pm

I have never seen the fuel light come on but when the gauge hand nears red mark it only needs 3.5 to 3.8 gallons to fill. Often carry a one gallon can in saddle bag testing the range, but easily make 250 miles before refueling. Mid 40's mpg is not a problem for this wing.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:40 pm

robb wrote:I have never seen the fuel light come on but when the gauge hand nears red mark it only needs 3.5 to 3.8 gallons to fill. Often carry a one gallon can in saddle bag testing the range, but easily make 250 miles before refueling. Mid 40's mpg is not a problem for this wing.


I had never seen my light come on either, and discovered it was because the thermistor that drives it had failed. It's a common failure item, so if you have never seen the light before (or not seen it recently), don't depend on it!

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby wiredgeorge » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:09 am

The term "reserve fuel tank" is a bit of a misnomer. What is referred to is a two -stage petcock where there are two "pipes" that stick up into a gas tank with one being longer than the other. If fuel runs low and drops below the level of the taller pipe, it allows the operator to switch the petcock to a RESERVE position with basically just changes the valve in the petcock to pick up gas through the lower pipe.
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:00 pm

robb wrote:I have never seen the fuel light come on but when the gauge hand nears red mark it only needs 3.5 to 3.8 gallons to fill. Often carry a one gallon can in saddle bag testing the range, but easily make 250 miles before refueling. Mid 40's mpg is not a problem for this wing.

250 miles. WOWZERS. I get about one fifty to one eighty on mine and the light has been on for a bit. Usually one twenty or so. I must be heavy handed then.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby thrasherg » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:42 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:
robb wrote:I have never seen the fuel light come on but when the gauge hand nears red mark it only needs 3.5 to 3.8 gallons to fill. Often carry a one gallon can in saddle bag testing the range, but easily make 250 miles before refueling. Mid 40's mpg is not a problem for this wing.

250 miles. WOWZERS. I get about one fifty to one eighty on mine and the light has been on for a bit. Usually one twenty or so. I must be heavy handed then.


It sounds like your goldwing uses fuel at a similar rate to that winged thing in your avatar!! :D

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:47 pm

thrasherg wrote:
vtxcandyred wrote:
robb wrote:I have never seen the fuel light come on but when the gauge hand nears red mark it only needs 3.5 to 3.8 gallons to fill. Often carry a one gallon can in saddle bag testing the range, but easily make 250 miles before refueling. Mid 40's mpg is not a problem for this wing.

250 miles. WOWZERS. I get about one fifty to one eighty on mine and the light has been on for a bit. Usually one twenty or so. I must be heavy handed then.


It sounds like your goldwing uses fuel at a similar rate to that winged thing in your avatar!! :D

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Pretty close!!!!!! I believe it was a thousand pound per hour at max a.b. It carried seventeen thousand pounds full up.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby redial » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:32 pm

Just doing the math on those seventeen thousand pounds (why measure it in pounds instead of litres or gallons, who knows?), and it uses one thousand pounds an hour, that would mean a couple of kidney breaks would be required before it ran out of fuel. I believe that there is a correlation between size of fuel tanks, and the need for the human body to have comfort stops.

It doesnt matter about the fuel consumption, it does matter how much of a good time you are having!
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby vtxcandyred » Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:00 pm

redial wrote:Just doing the math on those seventeen thousand pounds (why measure it in pounds instead of litres or gallons, who knows?), and it uses one thousand pounds an hour, that would mean a couple of kidney breaks would be required before it ran out of fuel. I believe that there is a correlation between size of fuel tanks, and the need for the human body to have comfort stops.

It doesnt matter about the fuel consumption, it does matter how much of a good time you are having!

I messed that up. A thousand pounds a MINUTE!!!!!! Seventeen minutes of fly time at max a.b. before refueling. It had twin G.E. J-79 engines but it could draw enemy fire because of the black exaust it left behind. Could could be seen for MILES!!!!!! They measured it in pounds because the deck crew needed to know at what rating to set the catapault so as to not destroy the aircraft with too much cat force. BUT that being said the pilots over Iraq would be in the air for six or seven hours at a time. Thats why they would fly a pilot every other day or less most times.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby robb » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:08 pm

I buy 100% real gas for my wing. It does not like the ethanol and milage is up by more than 5 mpg. The large shield did increase milage noticably. Took 1300 mile trip and averaged 49 mpg riding solo

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:10 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:Pretty close!!!!!! I believe it was a thousand pound per hour at max a.b. It carried seventeen thousand pounds full up.


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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:14 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:I messed that up. A thousand pounds a MINUTE!!!!!! Seventeen minutes of fly time at max a.b. before refueling. It had twin G.E. J-79 engines but it could draw enemy fire because of the black exaust it left behind. Could could be seen for MILES!!!!!! They measured it in pounds because the deck crew needed to know at what rating to set the catapault so as to not destroy the aircraft with too much cat force. BUT that being said the pilots over Iraq would be in the air for six or seven hours at a time. Thats why they would fly a pilot every other day or less most times.


Just as I hit "submit" on my last reply, it popped into my head - wait, 1000 lbs an hour? That can't be right, I flew a Navajo that burned 250 lbs of 100LL an hour, and that had two IO-540 engines!

So your F-4 burned the same weight in fuel in 15 seconds in full afterburner as my Navajo did in cruise in one hour. :)

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby humungus » Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:29 am

I know this is an old thread, but I just got 241.2 miles out of 6.271 gallons. I probably overfill my tank, since I put gas in it till it stops bubbling, but doing so the most I've ever gotten in was 6.300 gallons. At that capacity, and with the 38.43 mpg I got on this tank, my maximum range would have been 242.3 miles. Which means I had 1.1 miles left! Or about 115 cc's. That's 3.5 shot glasses if that's a figure more to your liking.

I've never run out of fuel, yet, but tonight I think was the closest I've come in the year and a half since I've had this Wing.

As an aside, I put on a tulsa windshield, and it raised my average from about 34.5 to 37.5 mpg.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:18 pm

The GL1500 holds 6.3 gallons - The reserve light (low fuel indicator light) should come on at 5.3 gallons USED.
This give you a 1 gallon reserve.

I personally have seen 250 miles on a tank (I got 50 MPG - twice) but the norm is more like 40 MPG
That is fuel every 200 miles approx. which is plenty far even for me to ride without a break...
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby robb » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:06 pm

We went for a ride after church yesterday and I rode until the first skip, 240 miles and no low fuel light. Stopped and added the 1 gallon from container in saddlebag and continued to 281 miles, 1st station we came upon. Took 5.3 in tank to the top and 1 gallon in jug. That's 281 miles on 6.3 gallons, 44.6 mpg. Leaving parkway and returning home was another 110 miles so I refilled at local station. Only took 2.28 gallons or 48.2 mpg. Best thing I ever done was swap rear tire for one 1.75" taller and lower rpm by 400. Preacher rides a Harley so we usually have to stop every 100 miles, half dozen only have a 3- 3.5 gallon tanks so short stops are a necessity.

Forgot to add, that's with 10% ethanol fuel.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby Snowmoer » Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:06 pm

Something else to look at for those that run out of gas early but get good mileage. The fuel pickup is not near the bottom of the tank. When I put in a new fuel pump, I bent the fuel pump/pickup down a little because it got bent up during shipment. You do not want it sitting on the bottom of the tank, but just a little above so it does not pick up any crud or water that might make it into your tank.

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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby Johnrmont » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:57 pm

Interesting thread! Quick question for you guys: where is the "low fuel" light on my dashboard? I have never seen it come on. I would have assumed, if I had one, that is would "light up" when I turn the ignition to "on".
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Re: GL1500 1998 A - How do I access my reserve fuel tank?

Postby robb » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:16 pm

There is a light to immediate right of fuel gauge, looks like a gas pump and it does light when the key is switched on. Mine has never come on while I was riding. It has rarely ever took more than 3.5 gallons when gauge shows at the red. At least I know the light works.

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Postby Johnrmont » Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks Rob! Geeze ... My wife says I'm blind ... Cause sure as shooting there it is ... I just turned on the ignition and it came on momentarily for about two seconds and turned right off again. At least now I know it's there ... I might just have to try the "reserve tank" in the trunk idea to see if it will ever come on ... :oops:


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