How far Can I go on a tank of fuel?


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How far Can I go on a tank of fuel?

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Hey all, how far can I go on a tank of fuel? I don't want to get to far and not be able to make it back to a fuel stop. Its a 1982 gl1100 interstate.
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That's a very ambiguous question, with multiple answers.

Are you riding downhill all day and coasting in Neutral. Or going uphill and flogging the pants out of the bike in 1st gear ?

Both those scenarios would lead to extremely different mileages, and other things like state of tune might hamper or improve those figures.

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Well I would say I am cruising the highway in fairly flat saskatchewan, cruising at approx. 65mph. Fuel stop is approx. 200kms away, so thats about 120 miles.
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bhurt wrote: Mon May 06, 2019 1:30 am Well I would say I am cruising the highway in fairly flat saskatchewan, cruising at approx. 65mph. Fuel stop is approx. 200kms away, so thats about 120 miles.
me? when riding in the wide open spaces, I don't leave town w/o topping the fuel off.
a 1200 should be getting 40 mpg of fuel if not bucking heavy head winds.
worst case, 30mpg and that is really sad mpg for a 1200 even at wide open throttle
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bhurt wrote: Mon May 06, 2019 1:30 am Well I would say I am cruising the highway in fairly flat saskatchewan, cruising at approx. 65mph. Fuel stop is approx. 200kms away, so thats about 120 miles.
I think you'd be fine. My 83 gets about 40 mpg on average...I get 160 miles without hitting reserve.
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My 1982 uses 5 to 6 Liters per 100 km.
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How far on a full tank?
A GL1100 tank is 20 liters (4.4 imperial gallons/ 5.3 US gallons). Since we are in Canada and metric, it's approx 15 liters to hitting the reserve plus 5 lt. on reserve.
I typically get approx. 17.3 kilometers per liter highway at 4000 rpm. (5.7 liters per 100 kilometers or 49 mpg). So that's about 260 kilometers on the main tank plus up to 85 km on reserve and fumes.
You mileage (kilometers) may vary...
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What you need to know is how far can you go on reserve also. Fill your tank and get a one gallon gas can and tie it on or in the bag and take off. When you hit reserve note mileage and then run her dry.Check mileage and figure from there. Then you can say how far your bike will go.
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EyesWideShut wrote: Mon May 06, 2019 5:55 pm How far on a full tank?
A GL1100 tank is 20 liters (4.4 imperial gallons/ 5.3 US gallons). Since we are in Canada and metric, it's approx 15 liters to hitting the reserve plus 5 lt. on reserve.
I typically get approx. 17.3 kilometers per liter highway at 4000 rpm. (5.7 liters per 100 kilometers or 49 mpg). So that's about 260 kilometers on the main tank plus up to 85 km on reserve and fumes.
You mileage (kilometers) may vary...
Thats what I was looking for... I rode home the other day on her and figured I used about 3/4 of a tank of gas to go about 150kms. That being said I am not sure the tank was absolutely full as I had just bought it and the PO said the gauge worked. So it could have had a few more kms on her prior to me buying it. Thinking back that was a pretty dumb move and I should have filled up before I left just to make sure... hmmm oh well living on the edge lol...
redbug wrote: Mon May 06, 2019 7:46 pm What you need to know is how far can you go on reserve also. Fill your tank and get a one gallon gas can and tie it on or in the bag and take off. When you hit reserve note mileage and then run her dry.Check mileage and figure from there. Then you can say how far your bike will go.
Thats a good idea, i have a small jerry can that I can fit into the trunk and bring with me. Does it automatically switch to reserve or do I have to turn the valve on the side to get it to suck the reserve fuel?
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bhurt wrote: Tue May 07, 2019 9:01 am Does it automatically switch to reserve or do I have to turn the valve on the side to get it to suck the reserve fuel?
You have to manually switch the petcock valve on the side. Try it a few times while riding so you can quickly switch it when needed. It's dangerous if you are running out of gas as the bike starts stalling and it takes a few seconds for the floats to refill and to get power again and you are fumbling with one hand trying to find the lever. Best to know about where on the gauge you need to switch and do it before then.
Get in the habit to shut off the valve every time you park to prevent possible hydro-locking (and major damage) and turn on to main when starting.
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I have always carried a 2 gal leak proof Jerry can in the saddle bags, on my 1800 it fits the right side perfectly at the rear, can't even see it when you open the lid. Store the 1/2 cover and full cover on that side, with the Frogg Toggs.

I have a bad case of 'CRS' and passing the last gas station is something I have done twice in recent memory.... not fun. :ugeek:

I make sure to leave about two inches of air space, so it won't overheat and puke out fuel.
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bhurt wrote: Sun May 05, 2019 11:41 pm Hey all, how far can I go on a tank of fuel? I don't want to get to far and not be able to make it back to a fuel stop. Its a 1982 gl1100 interstate.
I had the exact same Goldwing as your picture. My fuel MPG would vary between 38 MPG and 42 MPG. Depending on wind, how fast I would go, if I had a passenger, how much weight I was carrying, etc...

And the tank holding approx. 5 gallons would make the full tank range between 190 to 210 MPG.

Let us know what mileage you get and if you made it back without running out of fuel. ;)
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I took a leisurely drive thru the mountains on the 1100 one time, topped off the fuel before leaving and decided this trip I was not going to shift out of 5th gear unless I had to for a stop or a switchback that was so tight 5th wouldn't pull it. Plenty of low-end torque on a 'Wing, even an 1100. Took US-285 over Kenosha Pass to Fairplay, just tooling along taking my time then Hwy 9 over Hoosier Pass to Breckenridge and Frisco, then US-6 over Loveland Pass, stayed in 5th gear even in the twisties. On the other side I avoided I-70 and stayed on the I-70 frontage road where I could - speed limit 35 or 45MPH (56, 72 KPH). At Idaho Springs exited back to US-6 down into Golden and then back to Denver where I stopped at the local watering hole for a quick one.

So most of the drive 45MPH or less, always in top gear if possible, crossed three mountain passes.... On leaving the watering hole I looked down at the trip meter, I had logged 205 miles (330Km), and it occurred to me, I had STILL NOT YET switched to reserve fuel! I had enough fuel left to make it to work and back the next day!

Sure enough half-way to work I had to switch to reserve fuel, on the way home I stopped at the filling station by the house... By then I was down to fumes...There was only about a quart of fuel left. I had logged 247 miles (397Km) and the fillup calculated to 52MPG (22.1 Km/l)!

Best fuel economy I have ever logged on the 1100! It averages around 40MPG (17.0 Km/l) and I can expect to switch to reserve fuel at around 180 miles (290Km).

Worst fuel economy ever logged on the 1100 was around 29 MPG (12.3 Km/l) but that was traveling at Eastern Colorado Interstate Highway speeds - 80MPH (130 KPH) in 100+ degree F heat (38+C) traveling 2-up and pulling the fully loaded camper trailer into a headwind!


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