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post #51 of 71 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 12:51 PM
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Why are people talking about "reserve"? Are they referencing carb'd bikes?

My Scrambler (FI) is geared very low- 16/45. I get about 45mpg on highways and 35 in town.
The gas light bugs me... I've yet to really run it down, but never get gas until the light is on... sometimes for 25-30 miles. But, when I'm filling-up, I've never gotten even 3 gallons into the tank.
Do I really have over a gallon left once the light comes on? The 4.2 gallon figure seems a bit optimistic.
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Yes. Back in the good old days, before check engine lights and low fuel lights, bikes had carbs. People had to use the odometer to keep track of how far they've gone to know when they needed to top off. The reserve petcock allowed for a safety margin for those who weren't tracking their odometer. When they ran out of gas, they could flip the petcock and get another gallon out of the tank. Of course, too often it wasn't flipped back on re-filling, and next time around when you ran out of gas you were plain out of luck.

This is a story that will be told to children of the future when referencing how life used to be.
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Back in the old days, my bikes had "reserve", but no odometer. Or, if there was one, it probably didn't work. You just ran it until the main tank was dry.
(Incidentally, my non-Triumph bike has no gas gauge, fuel light, OR reserve. How's that for a confidence builder out on the road?)
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For the sake of adding to the knowledge base - '06 Scrambler - had to switch to reserve after 96 miles of city riding.

For the sake of entertainment - I don't remember how many gallons it took when I filled up. This is because I was frickin glad to be alive after pushing the bike down the shoulder of I-83 in Baltimore City, up the exit ramp, and down the street to the gas station at 11pm because the bike wouldn't run off the reserve. Still need to figure that one out, but it sounds like I'm not the only one with this problem. Why did I let it go that far? Because I'd just gotten the bike and I was curious.
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Yes. Back in the good old days, before check engine lights and low fuel lights, bikes had carbs. People had to use the odometer to keep track of how far they've gone to know when they needed to top off. The reserve petcock allowed for a safety margin for those who weren't tracking their odometer. When they ran out of gas, they could flip the petcock and get another gallon out of the tank. Of course, too often it wasn't flipped back on re-filling, and next time around when you ran out of gas you were plain out of luck.

This is a story that will be told to children of the future when referencing how life used to be.
Do not go too far!

My 1st bike was a 2007 Ninja 250cc, carb. I ran out of gas in the midle of the highway. Somehow, I managed to flip the petcock with my left hand, while keeping bike straight with right hand. It almost die, but then reserve started fueling the bike.

It was scary! With several cards behind , left and right hand...

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For the sake of adding to the knowledge base - '06 Scrambler - had to switch to reserve after 96 miles of city riding.

For the sake of entertainment - I don't remember how many gallons it took when I filled up. This is because I was frickin glad to be alive after pushing the bike down the shoulder of I-83 in Baltimore City, up the exit ramp, and down the street to the gas station at 11pm because the bike wouldn't run off the reserve. Still need to figure that one out, but it sounds like I'm not the only one with this problem. Why did I let it go that far? Because I'd just gotten the bike and I was curious.
Off topic, but what color is your Scrambler? Were you in Westminster, MD, for the B-17 and B-24 exhibit by any chance?
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Two up, and carrying luggage with a sidehack on my 2012 Bonnie, fuel light comes on regularly at 90 miles.
Before the hack was installed, the only other two times it came on at 90 was running across the high desert (8,000 to 9,500 feet) at close to the ton chasing triples, and the other time was belting into a 40 mph head wind at 80+ mph crossing the Canadian prairie towing the trailer.
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When I got the bike I was surprised to see the light at about 130 to 140 miles. I average 50 mpg and that's about 210 miles per 4.2 tank. I usually fill at about 180 miles regardless of the light.

I use this to track my mileage and performance. http://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/triumph/bonneville

My Bonnie is still pretty new to me but I've been tracking my TU for over 20,000 miles and I've learned how to manage my riding to change my mileage when I need to.

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If I'm out putting along the back roads, she's good for 50-55 mpg.

If I'm ripping along the superslab at 4500 plus RPM's, she's 45-48 consistently.

If you need MPG, go buy th NC700. It's an appliance, but most are speculating 80mpg out of it and possibly higher with some hypermiling.

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