Reserve Fuel?


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Reserve Fuel?

Postby texas tracy » Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:04 pm



I was reading my owners manual for my 2006 GL 1800. It stated that the fuel capacity of the fuel tank is 6. ???? something gallons including the “RESERVE”. My Suzuki Volusia did not have a reserve supply of fuel. On the other hand my son’s Honda 1100 has a fuel reserve, but to accesses it he has to turn a value.

The 2006 Goldwing owners’ manual refers to the reserve fuel, but I can not find anywhere it says how to access it. The question is: How do you access the reserve fuel tank/supply? Is there a switch or value that is used to switch over to the reserve fuel supply? (If there is, where is it at?) Is it automatic? (IF it does, how do you know when you have started using it?) Can someone please clear up this matter for me?

I am not just fueling around, I would like to know. Thanks



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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 02, 2009 6:44 pm

Here's what the manual says:

At F (Full) there are 6.7 US gal (25.5 liters), including reserve supply. When the gauge needle enters the red band, fuel will be low and you should refill the tank as soon as possible. The amount of fuel left in the tank when the needle enters the red band is approximately 0.79 US gal (3.0 liters).


To me, that says that there is no separate "reserve" valve - it means that when the needle is in the red, you're in the "reserve" zone, so go get some gas soon.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby Snowclem » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:20 pm

1st post here guys. Maybe this will help. I've had my 03 gl1800 for just a couple of months now. The low fuel indicator light came on yesterday for the 1st time. filled the tank with about 5.4 gallons. I believe that the reserve on my wing is about 1.5 gallons and the low fuel indicator means you are in the reserve.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby ggrider » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:27 am

I purposly ran my fuel down on my GL1800, while riding in the city and near a gas station, to find out when the 'low fuel' warning light would come on. When it did so I filled up the tank and to do so I needed 21.7 litres of fuel. (Full tank 25 litres - 21.7 litres means about 3 litres of 'reserve'). As far as I know, this warning is your reserve. There are no other taps to turn on like there was with my 1952 BSA...these old bikes had no fuel guages, when the old bike started to sputter, you switched on the reserve and headed for the nearest gas station...now you have a fuel guage and a warning light and I would suggest using them both as a guide to when you should be filling up unless you don't mind walking now and then with a gas tank in your hand. Personally I am not a big fan of seeing my fuel guage reading near empty since many years ago I experienced an empty tank and I'm doing my best to not have that experince again. On the road these 3 litres of 'reserve' fuel will take you about 30 miles...just a guide. :!:

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby texas tracy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:31 pm

Well guys, with my luck, the one time I would trust my fuel gage/red warning light I would be out in the middle of no where when it starts spitting and sputtering to a halt. My other bike (Suzuki Volusia) has a fuel gage and no reserve tank either. I found out the hard way that the gage could not be trusted. The gage indicated that there was a quarter tank of fuel left in the tank. I found myself halfway between some-where and no- where when the bike ran out of gas. With no one to call on the cell, I had to walk for gas. So, from that point forward I use my trip odometer to show how many miles I have clicked off since my last fill-up. I have been averaging about 30 mpg 2up to 35 solo mpg on my GL1800. That is roughly 180 to 210 miles. I choose the low end average which gives me a good cushion. When my trip odometer turns 140, I start looking for fuel. But one day, when I have some time and have back-up, I am going to run it dry. I want know how many actual miles I can expect after the warning light comes on. I don’t want to walk for fuel again. That is why I asked about the reserve fuel tank/ valve on my new GW.

Thanks for you in-put

Tex. Tracy

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:51 pm

Yep, one day I'll strap a 2 gallon can of gas to my back seat, and go out and see just how low I can get the tank before I run out - just so I know.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby dwatc » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:37 pm

The way I do it and have done it since day one of buying my '09 is reset the trip meter when I fill up and watch both the low fuel warning light and trip meter. I also keep a pretty good idea of where I am in relation to possible fuel and the trip meter. I don't like walking or pushing that heavy thing.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:52 pm

I trust my fuel gauge pretty well - I know it moves very slowly when full, and speeds up as it gets lower, because of the shape of the fuel tank. It sits showing full for the first 30-40 miles. By the time it's showing 3/4 full, it's actually down to about 1/2. Showing 1/2 means closer to 1/4. When it's showing 1/4, it's time to start thinking about finding a gas station.

I also know that the style of riding affects the mileage greatly. All highway riding at 65 mph, and I'll get a good 140 miles before I want to start thinking about filling up. All twisty back-road riding, and I'll be lucky to get 110 miles out of it.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby texas tracy » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:37 pm

Well, I almost got brave today. I have a 64-mile round trip commute to work. (20 miles at 70mph, 40 miles at 65mph and 4 miles in stop and traffic.) I have been averaging between 30 and 35 mpg. I left home this morning with my trip odometer showing 155.5 on this tank of gas. I was riding solo, no wind, on a flat hwy. When I pulled into the parking lot at work I notice that the warning light was on. It had to have come on within the last 2 miles. I was going to drive it dry, there are gas stations everywhere, well I got cold feet. I drove it across the street on my way home and put 5.545 gals of gas in the tank. Base on my calculations there was about ½ a gallon of fuel left in my tank. Based on my average mpg, I figure I had about 15 to 18 mile left. I think that is close enough for me. So, I can go, on an outside average, 200 mile on a tank of gas. However, I think I will use the leaser average and have a soft line at 180 miles per tank and a hard line at 200.

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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby 2008retiredplb » Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:12 pm

You do not have a reserve fuel tank per say. The reserve is the fuel you have left when your low fuel light comes on. I was told one time that the best way to determine how far you can travel on reserve is to take a gallon or two of gas along with you and ride until the low fuel indicator light comes on. Then reset your trip odometer to zero and ride hard until it runs out. Look at the trip odometer and that should tell you how far you could go after the low fuel light comes on. Remember that you rode hard on reserve and if you ride easy you can go a little farther than you did when you run it out. This is a guide as to how far you could go. This procedure works for any bike that has a reserve or low fuel indicator light.
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Re: Reserve Fuel?

Postby mightymousesr » Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:33 am

Actually what you really need to remember is that at about 3/4 tank your fuel pump is coming out of the gas that keeps it cool, therefore every time you go below that level your fuel pump is running hotter as the level drops. The more often you let the fuel level drop, your fuel pump loses more of its life. I refill every time I get close to that 3/4 level unless of course you're on a ride and the gas station spacing makes you go beyond. So I just figure I'm at reserve at the 3/4 tank mark. Priced a fuel pump lately :shock: ? The same thing goes for any fuel injected car/truck. Just food for thought. ;)


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