Do we really need an idiot light


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Do we really need an idiot light

Postby cfennell1832 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:25 pm



Was riding the other day and the low fuel light came on (was looking for a station at the time), who needs a reminder to add gas to your bike when your riding? If you can't take a moment while riding to look at your gas gage maybe a bike is not for you. Just a thought I had at the time...



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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby Steve F » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:36 pm

I can only imagine all the complaining that would go on if there WASN'T one. Can't please all the people all the time......
Besides, it's not really and idiot light since there's a gauge associated with it. ;)
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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby themainviking » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:01 am

It never really dawned on me that we had one. I have never seen mine.
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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby Freelancer » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:25 am

Unlike the Wing and similar fully dressed bikes, most motorcycles don;t have a gas gauge. They have a low fuel light and the rider is expected to keep up with the range of the bike. I've been riding for 50 years now, and the Wing is one of only two I've ever owned that had a gas gauge.

My guess is that the low fuel light on a Goldwing is the result of habit or tradition rather than anything else. That said, I can't think of too many cars that DON'T have a low fuel light - even with a gas gauge.

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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby Red Ron » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:43 pm

I sure do like it better than the petcock valve on smaller bikes I have owned. Also if you don't look at the dash very often you still would notice the light easier.

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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:00 pm

Virgilmobile and I both ripped out the low fuel thermistor sensor in our GL1500's and replaced it with a float switch, hooked to a flasher circuit. I have mine calibrated so that when I have exactly one gallon of fuel remaining, it starts flashing the yellow fuel light. When I see that light come on, it's time to find a gas station. I quite like it, mainly because I calibrated it myself, and I know it means I have exactly one gallon to go.

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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby Red Ron » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:28 am

WingAdmin wrote:Virgilmobile and I both ripped out the low fuel thermistor sensor in our GL1500's and replaced it with a float switch, hooked to a flasher circuit. I have mine calibrated so that when I have exactly one gallon of fuel remaining, it starts flashing the yellow fuel light. When I see that light come on, it's time to find a gas station. I quite like it, mainly because I calibrated it myself, and I know it means I have exactly one gallon to go.


Now that's what I wish I had. Cudos to you.

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Re: Do we really need an idiot light

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:31 pm

Red Ron wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:Virgilmobile and I both ripped out the low fuel thermistor sensor in our GL1500's and replaced it with a float switch, hooked to a flasher circuit. I have mine calibrated so that when I have exactly one gallon of fuel remaining, it starts flashing the yellow fuel light. When I see that light come on, it's time to find a gas station. I quite like it, mainly because I calibrated it myself, and I know it means I have exactly one gallon to go.


Now that's what I wish I had. Cudos to you.


Here's where we wrote it up: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11167

We used the float switch from a Honda Civic brake reservoir.




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