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Tiger 800 - 800XC Mods & Workshop Workshop and technical talk for the 800 - 800XC Tourer - Adventurer Tigers

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Surprised by fuel guage?

A quirky device it appears to be? When I first picked up my 800XC "Ginger", I ran her through the paces and pushing the fuel guage to its lower limits was one of them. I had put over 10 miles on with no bars showing.

So, yesterday morning I leave the house for my 20 mile commute, late for work, with one bar showing. At the halfway point, I thought it was odd that last bar hadn't disappeared. At 16 miles, she started losing power. At 17 miles, she started gurgling and I had to start doing the "shimmy shimmy shake" to try and slosh some vapors around.

By the time I hit my exit, I was doing 45 in the breakdown and losing speed (which made me finally miss hazard lamps). I pretty much coasted into the fuel island that is 200 yards from the ramp.

The last bar STILL showed on the gauge. I never bothered looking at how miles I had gone, because when it comes to the two paths I commute on (one is highway, one is back road) and how badly I want to make the trip (warp drive vs pulse engines) the mpg varies so radically with this bike I would never know how much I have left by the time fuel level mattered.

Anyway, I guess this is more of an observation than a real gripe, but it was a surprise. Also, when triumph claims "5 Gallon" as a capacity...... they are pretty darn close. :-)
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I reset my trip meter every time I fill up and I just go by that. I glance at the fuel gauge but I don't use it for gauging fill ups. Once I get near 170-180 miles I'm looking for fuel. I've been a tick over 200 miles on a tank so I know I'm safe to that.

Ha ha, I was going to say that I thought the capacity was 5 gallons...
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good to know... I trust my gas gauge a little less now!


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I reset my trip meter every time I fill up and I just go by that. I glance at the fuel gauge but I don't use it for gauging fill ups. Once I get near 170-180 miles I'm looking for fuel. I've been a tick over 200 miles on a tank so I know I'm safe to that.

Ha ha, I was going to say that I thought the capacity was 5 gallons...
Yeah, I was able to stick with it too, then I had to park the bike for a month of global cooling while I did a tour of duty in NJ and MA. Pretty sure the colder temps, like tonights 21f ride home, have dropped that a bit. Next week I'll get back on track and pay attention again.

What has me stumped is the last bar staying lit. Obviously whatever is being used for a sensor is not consistent.
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I think there is a newer map that helps the fuel gauge react a little quicker. I know it makes the gauge register full quicker after fill ups, not sure if it will help your situation or not though.
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I think there is a newer map that helps the fuel gauge react a little quicker. I know it makes the gauge register full quicker after fill ups, not sure if it will help your situation or not though.
I'll see if I can get it done. Considering I am STILL waiting after two months for my auxiliary headlights, I dunno how it'll go.
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Triumph dealers get the new maps rather quickly, it's just a quick download off their server. I'm sure your dealer has it already.
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I just wanted to add that it's not a good idea to run out every tank. The fuel pump uses the last gallon to keep it cool. That's why the fuel light comes on when you still have a gallon. It shouldn't hurt anything every now & then, but if you run it dry every tank, then it will reduce the life of the fuel pump.
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Triumph dealers get the new maps rather quickly, it's just a quick download off their server. I'm sure your dealer has it already.
Yeah, I was referring more to the fact that attitudes changed drastically after that last signature I gave.
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Oh I'm following you now. Sounds like you went to the same dealer is did. Ha ha!
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