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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-10-2015, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Reserve Fuel

Just wondering...has anyone ever felt the need to burn out the fuel in the reserve just to keep things fresh?
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Ok, lets do a gas tank 101 session here. The reserve is about 1 gallon of gas on a 650 stock tank. It is all together with the main supply.

The petcock has a metal type straw that goes up into the cavity on the gas tank. when it is turned to the ON position fuel will flow until the level reaches this tubes top. thats when the bike will sputter signaling driver to switch to reserve. when that is done the fuel is drawn from the lower section of the petcock which will run the bike
until the fuel level is depleted.

There is no separate tank for reserve.

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i do once in awhile,when i fill up i'll keep it on reserve.Water sinks so in my mind i keep things circulated.What kind of bike do you got.
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I fill mine up from a 2 gallon plastic tank I take to the gas station.
I can inspect it prior to pouring it in. Most if not all of my riding is to and from work and weekends cruises. no long distance.

Everyday riding will more than mix the gas together in the tank.

It is far worse to keep gas in it and not ride. Always use fuel stabilizer
for winter storage and run Berrymans B 12 Chemtool in at least one tank per year. Great stuff.

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I figure there's enough jostling in the tank that the fuel remains well blended.

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Ok, lets do a gas tank 101 session here. The reserve is about 1 gallon of gas on a 650 stock tank. It is all together with the main supply.

The petcock has a metal type straw that goes up into the cavity on the gas tank. when it is turned to the ON position fuel will flow until the level reaches this tubes top. thats when the bike will sputter signaling driver to switch to reserve. when that is done the fuel is drawn from the lower section of the petcock which will run the bike
until the fuel level is depleted.

There is no separate tank for reserve.

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Yea well....whatever. One of the big hitters I looked for in my back-up motorcycle was fuel availability and cruising range. Small bike (1100cc) and a 4.5 gallon fuel tank..COOL ! Well, only 2.7 gallons is usable and the japanese joke only gets 40 mpg so buying a Yamaha was the absolute worse decision I've ever made in my motorcycle buying career. You have to fill er up before you even have to go pee. Its like a Victory, you cant sell a Japanese bike because nobody wants one. Gonna give the 1100 to my boy......if he wants it which he may or may not. The thing is seriously a joke and I definitely dont get the yammy motorcycle love. Back to American for me. Real bikes.

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phuch.......EDIT: forum software double-post.

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Well it was nice having you. Enjoy your riding.

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Reserve Fuel

Jbasile, I like my metric bike and would not buy any "American'' bike as you put it. They're not reliable thats my personal opinion. I will always buy a metric bike and the next one that I would get if I could afford it would be the Honda Goldwing or the new version Honda F6B Goldwing

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There is always a balance that puts weight vs power.
The more your gross weight is the less your gas mileage will be.

Engine horsepower stays the same, but the bike can be loaded in many
different ways, Single rider, two up, loaded with bags, etc.
40 mpg on an 1100 loaded with options and a single rider is not too bad. There is a post on here of a v star 950 only netting 25 mpg .

My 650 has lightweight bags and no passenger seat and I can get
about 50 mpg in the city and a shade over 60 on the highway.

Also make sure your tires have the correct pressure in them.
It does make a difference.

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