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Old 11-05-2012, 01:42 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Mine does that too. Light comes on early, but goes back off and I get some more miles before it comes on steady. I just think of it as an early warning system.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:02 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Fuel Warning Light on 2012 Bonne-Here's how the Triumph sales guy explained it to me

The fuel warning light is programmed to come on when you have about half a gallon of fuel left. It only stays on for about 15 seconds. It illuminates a second time, this time staying lit for about 30-45 seconds, when you have about 1/4 gallon of gas. The third time it illuminates, you had better be heading straight for a gas station. This third time it stays on and you have maybe 1 mile of gas left in your tank.

When I drive like a maniac, I get 38 mpg and the fuel light first comes on around 95-100 miles. When I drive like a grandfather, I get 50 mpg and the fuel light first comes on around 125 miles. My normal mix of driving yields 45 mpg.

I tested the fuel light on a long trip, somewhat by accident. I was rolling through Iowa hoping to find a station that had 93 octane fuel that wasn't 25% ethanol. Yeah, I know, foolish hope. Anyway, the third time the fuel warning light came on, I went about 3/4 of a mile and she died, about 1/4 mile before the next station.

Heading out to vote now. Gonna ride my Bonne. Making a list of other errands as well. It's 45 degrees outside! Another balmy November day in Minnesota.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:13 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I think that sales guy is speaking garbage. Jeesh.

You have about a gallon left when the light comes on steady. I know this because the tank holds a bit over 4 gallons , and the tank will take about 3 gallons when the light comes on.

But I'm just another random internet guy, so folks should agree with who they choose.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Filled again today, actually, last last night, just after lights came on. It took 2.3 gallons! If I put more, was going to spill gas all over the tank.

It gave me 97 miles this time, around 400 miles in the odo today ...
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:03 AM   #45 (permalink)
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Sounds like some great mileage to me. Enjoy.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #46 (permalink)
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3 gallons, 150 miles, 50 mpg! Surprisingly that was 90 miles of 3rd gear canyons and 60 miles of 5th gear freeway. That is the best single tank mileage that I can remember. I filled up only 40 miles from home, so I guess that means I didn't have to stop for fuel. I usually try and "fill up" at 120 or so, but 3 gallons is probably the most I've added.
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Sounds like some great mileage to me. Enjoy.
Getting better, yeah.

However, I still don't understand why low gas light goes on and I can only put 2.3 gallons , no more.

My theory, it's that the low fuel indicator it is turning on too soon on mine. That something it's not right. But I can be wrong.
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I bought my new Bonneville this year as well.
My MPG were pathetic on my first tank, but I knew it was still in the break-in period.
Also, for me, the manual states the low fuel light comes on just under 1 gallon, but mine comes on just under 2 gallons, that's almost half a tank.
Since I changed my oil to fully synthetic, and the engine is broken-in, I am now getting 50mpg.
So technically, I should get 200 miles on a tank, but I start looking for stations at 150 miles.
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I bought my new Bonneville this year as well.
My MPG were pathetic on my first tank, but I knew it was still in the break-in period.
Also, for me, the manual states the low fuel light comes on just under 1 gallon, but mine comes on just under 2 gallons, that's almost half a tank.
Since I changed my oil to fully synthetic, and the engine is broken-in, I am now getting 50mpg.
So technically, I should get 200 miles on a tank, but I start looking for stations at 150 miles.
Thanks Paul.

And off topic, but which oil brand do you use? And how is the performance with synthetic, oil change interval, etc.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:37 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Thanks Paul.

And off topic, but which oil brand do you use? And how is the performance with synthetic, oil change interval, etc.
For my 2012 Bonnie, I use Shell Rotella T6 fully synthetic 5W40 oil.
I drive to a Wal-Mart in the States to get it for $21 a gallon.
Here in Canada it is $43.
I noticed day & night difference from the break-in oil.
It runs so much smoother, but that would be normal for any oil compared to the break-in stuff.
I change oil as recommended in the manual, the first one was 800kms and every 10,000kms after that.
I do all my own maintenance on everything I own, as I don't trust anyone else, plus I enjoy it and learn a lot.

On a side note, please don't think my way is the right way.
Everyone has their own way of doing things.
Especially with types of oil and scheduled changes.
Do whatever you feel is best for your bike, because in the end, that's all that matters.
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