Fuel reserve


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Fuel reserve

Postby Subvetma1 » Mon May 27, 2013 9:35 pm



The manual on my 1992 GL 1500I says the tank holds 6.3 gallons including the reserve. However, it only takes 4 gallons to fill it up when it is in the red zone. The manual does not say anything about a fuel light or how to switch to the reserve tank. Any suggestions?



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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Fiberthree » Mon May 27, 2013 10:56 pm

The fuel gauge is not a linear device. My light comes on when I have about one gallon left and by then the needle has already been in the red. There is no reserve switch. Your fuel light should come on briefly when you first start the engine. Sort of like a self test. Yours may be burned out.
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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon May 27, 2013 11:08 pm

There is nothing to switch to, as it's all one big tank. The low fuel warning light should come on with about a gallon left in the tank. (If you take more than 5.3 gallons and your low fuel light doesn't light up, than your low fuel level sensor could be shot and should be replaced)
The needle will go quite a bit further than the red zone on the fuel gauge.



On my bike, the low fuel level light usually doesn't come on until the needle is just about to leave the red zone and it will take aprox 19.5 - 20 L to fill up at that point. I've seen my needle get down as low as this and it will take 22.5 L to fill.




That makes some people real nervous and upset that it does that and they try bending the float to get what they believe to be a more accurate reading.
I don't see the point in going through all that when you know at what point your low fuel level light will light up.

If you suspect your low fuel level light isn't working, when you start getting down around the red zone, put a gallon in a 2 gallon gas can and place in a saddlebag and drive till it either comes on, or you run out of gas. (starts up quickly when/if it does)
Take note on where the needle is when it does come on and you use that as a reference point from then on as to how low the gauge will go before it lights up and you need to start looking for a gas station.


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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Subvetma1 » Tue May 28, 2013 7:31 am

Thanks for the info! I will run the fuel down lower than I normally do and see what happens

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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Mag » Tue May 28, 2013 3:35 pm

I did this too when Dusty told me the needle will go below redline. Granted, I kept looking at it, and I finally filled up at 150 miles on the tank, I just could not take it anymore. Also, more than 2 hours on the bike at one time makes my knees hurt so I always get off bike after 120-150 now. No probs.

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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Fiberthree » Tue May 28, 2013 10:58 pm

If you calculate your fuel mileage and multiply that by how many gallons you have (6.3) you should know how far you can go till empty. I have kept records since I bought mine and I go by the worst mileage I get to determine the minimum distance to empty and watch the trip meter.
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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby artgrantz » Wed May 29, 2013 5:38 am

As already mentioned, the GL1500 fuel gauge will go below the red zone before the low fuel light comes on. My 1500 was very consistent and the light would come on at 180 to 185 miles. When the light came on I knew I could go another 33 miles if needed. I never tried to go farther than that.

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Re: Fuel reserve

Postby Subvetma1 » Wed May 29, 2013 6:01 am

Thanks for the info guys!




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