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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel Level to Reserve Error

This may have been discussed before but I will give it a try. This weekend I went on a trip and each time I filled up, the level of gas read differently. My bike is a 2015 Road Glide. One stop it may read 200, next stop 170, one time it even said 156, next stop its something different. The other guys I was riding with shows a steady reading at each fill up. I am at a loss.
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If I under stand what you're saying/asking correctly, the gauge is live. What I mean by live is it's updating while you are riding. It's estimating off of how you are riding and how fast/slow the fuel is being used.

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Are you referring to the "remaining miles" reading on the odometer?

That is calculated from your average MPG leading to the fill up and the amount of fuel put in at the fill up.


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It depends on how much fuel you are putting in. If you stop after the first time the fuel shuts off you won't get the tank full. I sometimes have to move the bike left/right a few times and keep filling the tank. I was on a ride once and my display showed I would only be able to travel 180 miles when my buddy's bike showed 240. The next stop I moved he bike around and was able to get more gasoline in the tank and got back up to the 240 range.
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Yes.....Referring to the remaining miles. So from what you are staying if I put 5 gallons in twice, the remaining miles can be different based on the calculations.
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That's exactly what was happening with my buddies and I. I was scratching my head trying to understand
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Also pay attention to HD4's advice about "positioning". If you want to get the tank "full to the top" you'll need to stand the bike straight up when filling. If you fill on the kick stand you won't be completely full when the bike is in the upright position.


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Yes.....Referring to the remaining miles. So from what you are staying if I put 5 gallons in twice, the remaining miles can be different based on the calculations.

Let me ask you this and maybe it will be clearer.

If you ride consistently at 45 mph are you going to get better or worse gas mileage than if you are running at 65 mph? 85 mph? Stop and go traffic?

Obviously you are going to get better gas mileage which means your range (remaining miles will be greater)

If you are running down the interstate and your bikes says 100 miles to empty and you get off and go on a 45 mph back road your bike will continue to say 100 miles to empty for several miles because it is recalculating based on your current conditions.

So, if you take off from the gas station at a hard acceleration to to fast speed you will see less miles to empty than if you gradually accelerate out of the gas station and settle into a moderate speed.

I have run my bike down to 5 miles til empty and put in 6 gallons.


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Also pay attention to HD4's advice about "positioning". If you want to get the tank "full to the top" you'll need to stand the bike straight up when filling. If you fill on the kick stand you won't be completely full when the bike is in the upright position.
I'll add to that by saying in addition to filling it upright, you need to shake it back and forth to "burp" it, put a little more in, shake, etc etc.

I do this when I fill up. Yes, I'm a freak.

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Every time I try to get just a little more gas in like you guys are describing, I wind up getting splash back or an overflow. Then I'm sitting there ten minutes cleaning my gas tank.


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