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post #1 of 51 Old 12-10-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else have this problem where the fuel gauge displays some wonky numbers? On cold starts the bike will tell me I'm on 1 bar on fuel, and after the engine warms up it might jump to 2,3, or even 4 bars, but after I start riding it, it will drop back down to 1 or 2.

Just this morning my bike was on 1 flashing bar, but on my way to the gas station it jumped back up to 2.

Not really a major issue, just wondering if anyone else has this problem. Is there a fix? or is it intended.
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is been a while since a "fuel gauge" thread ... ill join this one

till the bike to the right and you can cheat a extra bar at the red light


BTW- my fuel gauge stopped working ...reads full all the time now


...at least it shows the maximum amount bars
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yeah the fuel gauge isn't the best. Sometimes i will turn the key on in the morning and i will get a flashing bar, when i ride off it usually will go to a full bar and possibly 2. Then i see it flashing again for 5 minutes and then it won't be flashing and then it repeats this a couple of times. Anyways, it's good enough for me and is a handy tool to have

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Anyone else have this problem where the fuel gauge displays some wonky numbers? On cold starts the bike will tell me I'm on 1 bar on fuel, and after the engine warms up it might jump to 2,3, or even 4 bars, but after I start riding it, it will drop back down to 1 or 2.

Just this morning my bike was on 1 flashing bar, but on my way to the gas station it jumped back up to 2.

Not really a major issue, just wondering if anyone else has this problem. Is there a fix? or is it intended.
It has to do with the way the float is oriented in the tank... the fuel gauge will indicate a lower quantity of fuel remaining when the bike is on the side stand, than it indicates when the bike is upright. I've found that when I'm out riding and the last bar starts flashing, if I stop to refuel within 10 - 15 miles, I still have about 1.0 gallon remaining. It would seem that Honda intentionally calibrated the fuel gauge so that when the last bar starts flashing there will be plenty of fuel left in the tank (and more than enough range to get to a station, even a distant one), so no one would be running out of fuel.

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You may need a new sending unit, but it's not a big deal if you reset the trip odo each fill up. You should be able to drive 175-200 miles without worry...
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You may need a new sending unit, but it's not a big deal if you reset the trip odo each fill up. You should be able to drive 175-200 miles without worry...
yeah the odometer is what I've been going off of. I've only been getting about 130 miles on 2.5 gallons (I like to fill up long before I'm out of fuel, I've ran out of gas before, and I never want to do that again), which seems low to everyone else gets, but it's a lot better than my old car so I don't complain too much .
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yeah the odometer is what I've been going off of. I've only been getting about 130 miles on 2.5 gallons (I like to fill up long before I'm out of fuel, I've ran out of gas before, and I never want to do that again), which seems low to everyone else gets, but it's a lot better than my old car so I don't complain too much .
This is what I get as well. By then I'm nervous cuz it's usually flashing


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You may need a new sending unit, but it's not a big deal if you reset the trip odo each fill up. You should be able to drive 175-200 miles without worry...
I agree, the OP may have a faulty sending unit. From a full tank (filled to about half an inch above the baffle plate), I can usually clock 170 to 190 miles before the last bar starts flashing. At that point, refilling the tank takes about 2.3 to 2.5 gallons. And that's running at fairly high RPM's.
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From a full tank (filled to about half an inch above the baffle plate)
I thought it was supposed to just fill it up to the plate. I thought I was being a naughty boy filling so it just went over the plate at the front a by a fraction.

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