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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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motorcycles don't have fuel gauges

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1. most motorcycles do not have a fuel level gauge

why not? it's 2018. cars have had them forever. why not motorcycles? do we want them? discuss.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 03:27 PM
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My bike has one. It's nice, but not as accurate as I'd like it to be. It says I am empty when I have at least 40 more miles of travel before I need to hit reserve on the petcock.

My guesses as to why most bikes do not have them ... It is another "thing" that takes up space and good go wrong on a bike. OR that most tanks don't hold much more then 4 gallons. And their thought is ... 4 gal. 40 miles to gal. equals 200 miles. and most folks stop before that and grab a cup of coffee or bite to eat.

Those are just a guesses though.

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I can take it or leave it. I reset my trip meter when I refuel and know when I get over 100 miles it's time to start looking. I know it's good for at least 120 miles but I don't like to take chances. There's always reserve if needed.

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I use my trip meter also. Most gauges use a float, which is rocked up and down by the gasoline sloshing in the tank. Also given that the tank cross-section is not uniform along the vertical axis and that the tank is rarely ever perfectly level, there is bound to be lot's of error. My gauge on the Harley is pretty accurate above the half tank mark, after that it bounces around a lot.

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I have never needed a fuel gauge on a motorcycle. I know what the approx range is and if need be the cap is right there in front of me... remove it and take a peek.
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Like Scrumdown my tank is bottom heavy 40 mi after it hits empty. I just hit a gas station once a week on my way to the market.

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My 650 didnít have one and Iíd just use the trip meter as well. The new RSV has one, but Iím curious if the accuracy. I log my MPGs so Iíll likely still use the trip meter.

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My 1100 does not have one. My R1200RT does. I kind of like having one since my mileage can vary a lot, and using the trip odometer on the V-Star has left me worrying at times about remaining miles in the tank when out for a ride in unfamiliar and somewhat remote places.

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i hear a lot of people that are used to compensating for not having a fuel gauge. of course we use our trip meters and know our bikes' ranges. we don't have much of a choice otherwise. take the fuel gauge out of your cars and trucks for a while and see how forgiving you are of not having such readily available technology. doesn't the fact that some bikes do have them, and have been able to have them for decades make you question why this simple thing is still such a luxury item for most of us?
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I had an old Mustang once. Late in its life the fuel gauge/sender stopped working. I used to try to judge how much gas was in the tank by mileage, or backing up and hitting the brakes to listen for the sound of the sloshing gas (yeah, not too scientific or accurate). As a cash-strapped college student, I also did not typically have enough cash to fill the tank which made the mileage tracking approach difficult. Not a problem now as my fortunes have improved.

Even with both methods, there was always some uneasiness of running out of gas. And I did, just once, but I was also very conservative on my estimates. Kind of "OK" when in a car with a 10+ gallon tank as I was in school and did not have to fill up often, plus I was usually always close to the local town.

So, yes, I question, "Why this simple thing is still such a luxury item for most of us?"

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