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Just got my 03 1100 vstar and when I put gas in it it fills funny.
The tank fills normally until it gets to the inlet tube. I top it off and the level slowly drops until I have to put more in. I have to do this several times to get it to full.

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I think they extend the tube down forcing you to not over fill. Unless you plan to ride right away I would stop the first time. Expansion as the gas warms up can overflow the tank.
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I have an 04 1100 VStar Custom and mine fills fine, has never acted the way you describe. When I'm filling the gas tank I have to be careful to pump the gas in slow as it nears the bottom of the filler neck tube or it will overflow. I don't have a clue why yours does this, just thought I'd let you know it doesn't seem like yours is normal. Also have some friends with VStars of different years that fill like mine.
 

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I think they extend the tube down forcing you to not over fill. Unless you plan to ride right away I would stop the first time. Expansion as the gas warms up can overflow the tank.
Dave
I have found what linerdave is sayin to be true, I was down south in very hot weather, filled up and topped off thinking we were going ahead, but ate at a place next door, when I came out, gas was pouring over the side of my tank! I think maybe shut it off when the pump says to:D Ride safe.
 

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OK, how many miles do you guys get on your 1100s ? If I don't tippy top it off I go to reserve at about 110 mi.
 

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The inlet tube length is designed to trap air at the top of the tank to do just what the other members here are saying, so's you don't overfill. What you are discribing is the gas level dropping inside the inlet tube as the air has to escape out the vent lines, before the tank is filled up to that point, the air can escape out thru the inlet tube while you are filling it so the gas will go in as fast as the pump can pour. The air can't escape as fast thru just the vent line. To get the most gas in to a safe level, just fill it while it's on the kick stand (don't run it up the inlet tube too many times) and then you are good to go no matter how hot it gets or how fast it gets hot.
 

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Good Reading guys. I always wondered why it did that. Now I know I should just quit after it reaches the neck the first time. Thanks.
 

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OK, how many miles do you guys get on your 1100s ? If I don't tippy top it off I go to reserve at about 110 mi.
I get around 140 on my '03 1100 before I have to switch. A lot of it depends on how hard I run it. I've had times where I only got to around 115-120 on days I'm out running it hard. Hope this helps.
 

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I get around 140 on my '03 1100 before I have to switch. A lot of it depends on how hard I run it. I've had times where I only got to around 115-120 on days I'm out running it hard. Hope this helps.
Really? How big are the tanks on those bikes?
 

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Really? How big are the tanks on those bikes?
Yo, Tony, Sugar Bear with all stock, except a slight exaust mod, gets easy 150 with gas left before swichin over, and has went as far as 170(not normal) Different folks ride different, mileage, it's all (at least most) in the right hand:) This is on an 1100 Silverado.Ride safe.
 

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You can put a lot of gas in the last few filling inches. I don't get such good mileage. Also, I have to burp the tank when I am riding. Interesting thing to do when you are at 75 and the engine is cutting out.
 

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Yo, Tony, Sugar Bear with all stock, except a slight exaust mod, gets easy 150 with gas left before swichin over, and has went as far as 170(not normal) Different folks ride different, mileage, it's all (at least most) in the right hand:) This is on an 1100 Silverado.Ride safe.
Yes, I have gotten anywhere from 180 to 220 on my bike. It usually takes 3.2 US gallons to fill up. I have the 950 stock though, not the 1100. From what I've seen around here the 1100 is more popular. How many gallons or liters does it take to fill up the 1100?
 

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Yes, I have gotten anywhere from 180 to 220 on my bike. It usually takes 3.2 US gallons to fill up. I have the 950 stock though, not the 1100. From what I've seen around here the 1100 is more popular. How many gallons or liters does it take to fill up the 1100?
Tony, the book says 4.49 total w/1.19 reserve, don't know if that is true or not, just the book. Sugar Bear routinily gets 50-53. One time in the mountains down south, got 57, but that was not normal at all. Sugar Bear, more times than not puts in 3 gal or less. Take care, and ride safe.
 

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Tony, the book says 4.49 total w/1.19 reserve, don't know if that is true or not, just the book. Sugar Bear routinily gets 50-53. One time in the mountains down south, got 57, but that was not normal at all. Sugar Bear, more times than not puts in 3 gal or less. Take care, and ride safe.
Of course and thanks for the info.
 

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Yes, I have gotten anywhere from 180 to 220 on my bike. It usually takes 3.2 US gallons to fill up.
how do you do that? do you have any mods on yours? for my VStar 950 i put in about 3.6 gallons to fill up usually and the light usually comes on around 140 miles. gives me right around 40 mpg. this is with a windshield, air kit, fuel processor and V&H big radius pipes. before when i only had a windshield, i was usually getting around 48 mpg with the light coming on around 160.
 

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how do you do that? do you have any mods on yours? for my VStar 950 i put in about 3.6 gallons to fill up usually and the light usually comes on around 140 miles. gives me right around 40 mpg. this is with a windshield, air kit, fuel processor and V&H big radius pipes. before when i only had a windshield, i was usually getting around 48 mpg with the light coming on around 160.
I'm not sure how I've been able to do it. I keep an excel worksheet to track the information on the cars and the motorcycle and so far I average 200 miles per tank and 58.88 mpg at an average of 3.28 gallons. The engine is stock, all extras have been added to the exterior, windshield, sissy bar, forward controls, hard saddlebags.
 

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Riding it hard....130 miles or so before switching over to reserve. Normal riding, usually around 140 to 145 miles. These bikes get good mileage.
 
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