How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light is on


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How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light is on

Postby flw » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:14 pm



Had my first run today that was only 200 miles. For me this is long due to my back and I've only had the '98 GW 1500 for about a month.

Two questions:

1. How many miles can you ride before the low gas indicator light goes on?

2. If the low gas indicator goes on, how many miles can you ride till your stopped?

Thanks Dan



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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby detdrbuzzard » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:47 am

i've never run my 1500 wing soo low on fuel that the fuel light has come on, one gallon just doesn't go very far
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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby dingdong » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:07 am

All depends on how you ride (MPG). My 1500 low light comes on with 1 gallon left in the tank. 5 gallons +/- to fill up. Which is normal. On some days that might be 30 miles and on other days I might ride another 40 miles. You need to know what your MPG is before you can calculate distance in miles.
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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby martinarial » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:01 pm

Personally, and in comparison with my GL1100 and GL1200 fuel gauges, I find the one on my GL1500 to be rather inaccurate...the needle doesn't move from FULL for the first 75km, then drops real fast...it usually hits the white EMPTY bar at 250-275km, hits the beginning of the RED zone at 290-300km...the RED LIGHT doesn't come on until the needle is below the entire RED zone, at which time I have around 50km to find a gas station...never ran dry...so far.

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:49 am

I get about 150-160 miles to the tank. That's driving easy most of the time, around town and on highway mostly, and with a new tuneup... I'm getting about 33-35 miles to the gallon....

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby martinarial » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:57 am

Definitely a lot of room for improvement when in the bottom half of the 30s mpg...unless it's all city miles of course...that's what I was averaging on average (city/hwy) when I bought my bike, and on my last 5,000 mile trip this summer I averaged 42mpg (and loaded)...so for starters I recommend a couple of cans of Sea Foam motor treatment to see if things improve in your mpg...if not enough, there is a major difference after changing the air filter, the plugs, and all oils...and stay below 3,500 rpm as much as possible lol

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:00 am

Thanks for the tip. When I did the tuneup, I changed all filters and the oil and the radiator fluids... I'll try the sea foam. I'm on the highway mostly when I ride, but it's hard to keep the rpm's down when you're cruising at 70-75 a lot!

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby burdicda » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:13 pm

I pushed mine one day and the light came on just as I pulled up to the pumps
It had exactly one gallon left in the tank.

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby robb » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:15 pm

Try this, take a 1 gallon jug of gas in saddle bag. Fill bike and drive until you notice skip. Mine went 211 miles before the skip started and at 239 it died. Put a gallon in tank and rode to first stop satisfied that 200 is a good and safe call.

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Re: How many miles on a 1500 can you go till low gas light i

Postby flash98 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:35 pm

I am getting anywhere from 38 - 42 MPG on a 88 1500 with 87,000 miles. 38 is 1 or 2 up @ 70. 42 is average of 35 MPH on may way to work going through 1 complete tank of gas in about a week. I should note that changes that I made over the winter were, 4 degree trigger wheel, new tires and plugs among other maintenance items. Carbs have had the years ago recall. I have never achieved over 40 MPG on this bike before. I attribute that to the trigger wheel. My low speed/off idle stumble is gone, she purrs like a kitten and goes like hell.

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