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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Low Fuel Warning Light

Just got a 2016 1300 tourer and according to the manual, the light should come on once the fuel level falls below aprox. 1 gallon. I've noticed that mine comes on once the level falls below aprox 1.5 gallons. Is this the norm for this bike?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-25-2017, 08:50 AM
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Does it come on when the bike is upright or in a leaning curve. Mine only comes on somewhere around 1 gallon. But keep in mind they are a simple float switch and will vary from bike to bike.
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Mine hits at 1.1 to 1.2 gallons and almost always takes about 3.8 gallons to fill up the tank give or take a tenth of a gallon on my 2009 1300 Tourer.

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Thanks guys; sounds like mine is working as it should. Like merc669, both times I've filled up so far, took 3.5 gals the first time and 3.2 the second and checking milage last time, I got the stated 42 miles per gal. I keep records and see how it does on my trip to Fla. tomorrow. Probably nothing to worry about.

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Mine is about the same, but I still treat it like I only have 1 gallon left, just to be safe.
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Honestly never paid that much attention. Mine comes on after about 150 miles (2007 XVS1300) and I've always assumed I've got about a gallon left. Usually able to stop pretty quickly thereafter. Typically takes 3.5 gallons to fill it up from when the light comes on.

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I just got my new 1300T a week or so ago. I noticed that my 'Fuel' warning light came on but a few miles later when I filled it, it only took 3 gallons so maybe mine has premature notification

Just 36 mpg on the first tank but a lot was stop and go on country roads, with a little bit of city and Interstate thrown in and anywhere from 50 to 70 mph speeds, under light throttle.

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I know fuel mpg on m/cycles can fluctuate. Especially if the temperature varies a lot during the day/week. Dealing with such a small tank, riding style, temperature, engine tuning, what time of day you fill up and how long you ride on that tank, etc. , etc. It can vary a lot.

I don't know.

I believe my 950 gets 48 mpg at best average. But I've calculated 42 and 52 on different occasions.

All that being said, my low fuel light comes on earlier than it "should" sometimes. (And I'm thankful for that when I need a pee stop on a long highway. Ha!)


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I just got my new 1300T a week or so ago. I noticed that my 'Fuel' warning light came on but a few miles later when I filled it, it only took 3 gallons so maybe mine has premature notification

Just 36 mpg on the first tank but a lot was stop and go on country roads, with a little bit of city and Interstate thrown in and anywhere from 50 to 70 mph speeds, under light throttle.

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On mine I've noticed that the if the fuel light comes on near the end of a longer ride and I park it without refilling, the light often doesn't come back when I restart it the next time for maybe another 10 miles or so, and it THEN takes about the usual amount to refill.

Maybe leaning the bike on the stand re-activates the sensor and it takes a bit to 're-trigger'? Just struck me a couple times.

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Ok, on the trip down, I've filled up 7 times. Average fillup was 3.2 gallons and average milage before fillup was 141. Avg. gas milage down was about 44 MPG. I can live with that. So based on that, I know that I have at least 40 miles before I start to panic. (like last night when the light came on during a dark lonely stretch on Fla. Rt.301. It was seven or eight miles before I saw anything that even resembled civilization...hehehe.)

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