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Tank Size and Reserve

Does the size of the fuel tank (17 Liter) include the reserve?

Manual says 17 liter tank and 4.5 liter reserve, so not sure if that means the main tank is 12.5 liters.

Picking up my bike this week and just trying to figure out the range before I hit reserve.

I'm in Canada. Am I going to get around 250kms before hitting reserve and then an additional 50 or so kms on reserve?

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The 17 liter is total. I'm in the US so use to gallon. On my 1100, I set trip meter everytime I fill up. Start looking for gas at the 100 mile mark. It will easily go 120 miles before I need to switch to reserve. I do a lot of city driving so my mileage is normally lower than most, throttle hand might also come into play. The reserve is right at 1 gallon, so to be safe get gas within 30 miles after switching. I hate pushing my bike so I'm always conservative on getting fuel.

Fuel Tank Capacity - Regular & Reserve:

Fuel tank capacity: 17.0 L (4.49 US gal) (3.74 Imp.gal)
Fuel reserve amount: 4.5 L (1.19 US gal) (0.99 Imp.gal)

Rounds out to: 3.3 gal main, plus 1.2 gal reserve for total of 4.5 gal (US gal)

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The 17 liter is total. I'm in the US so use to gallon. On my 1100, I set trip meter everytime I fill up. Start looking for gas at the 100 mile mark. It will easily go 120 miles before I need to switch to reserve. I do a lot of city driving so my mileage is normally lower than most, throttle hand might also come into play. The reserve is right at 1 gallon, so to be safe get gas within 30 miles after switching. I hate pushing my bike so I'm always conservative on getting fuel.

Fuel Tank Capacity - Regular & Reserve:

Fuel tank capacity: 17.0 L (4.49 US gal) (3.74 Imp.gal)
Fuel reserve amount: 4.5 L (1.19 US gal) (0.99 Imp.gal)

Rounds out to: 3.3 gal main, plus 1.2 gal reserve for total of 4.5 gal (US gal)
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My 650 has 16l total with 3 L reserve and I usually get 230 km per tank running around 90 kph to 100 kph mostly flat roads - you should expect around the same - initially when I got the bike I rode it until the engine quit and then switched to reserve - really the only way to check your limits - you might want to try that at 120 kpm because it will use fuel more at that speed - but that's only really needed if you're doing a lot of highway riding.

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I'm in Canada too but I have an American bike. The furthest I've gone before switching to reserve is 142 miles, but I've had to switch at 120 before too. It's short range is one of my pet peeves about it (the others being the oil filter and oil sight glass), but I usually run around 70-75 mph on the highway so that might have something to do with it. And since I know how far I can go I just set the trip meter and start planning for a fuel stop after I pass 100 miles. It's really only been a PITA during group rides (got separated last summer while searching for a gas station).
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Finally had a nice day for biking. Did approx 400 kms through Eastern Ontario backroads. Saw a huge moose in Algonquin Park.

According to my calculations my 2007 1100 Classic, which is completely stock gets about 20km / liter. This is on secondary hwy's with posted speeds of 80 kph and I was doing about 90 - 100 kph. So that works out to about 240 kms before reserve which is right on par with what everyone else seems to be getting.

Sure is a great bike. Starts and runs perfect and has plenty or torque. I find the stock pipes sound just right. Not overly loud but can hear them well at hwy speeds without causing me to go deaf.
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Sounds like you had a great ride. Now that you know a mileage when you switch to reserve just set your trip meter and you will always know when to get gas. I normally star looking about 20 miles early so I'm not caught off guard. That moose looked to big to make mad. 😀
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Sounds like you had a great ride. Now that you know a mileage when you switch to reserve just set your trip meter and you will always know when to get gas. I normally star looking about 20 miles early so I'm not caught off guard. That moose looked to big to make mad. 😀
Rodger That, Thanx
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Those are big critters. I was driving my 18 wheeler down a two lane highway through the middle of nowhere one winter and I came upon a bull and cow standing in the road. Because of the snowbanks they didn't jump right into the woods and trotted down the road ahead of me. I rolled along behind them for a bit and when they moved to one side I slowly pulled past. Their heads were level with my side window.
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Nice bike and thanks for sharing your ride today! Great pics of moose!!! Good to know how far you can travel when the tank gets low? Have travelled in Quebec and Ontario (not on MC) but driving large van hauling 3 tier canoe trailer finding few gas stations along our journey. But planned routes so knew where I needed to
refill.
Thanks for sharing on forum.
Ride safe and enjoy~YammyV
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