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How low can you go (fuel)?

inexorable

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Out running in the new 2018 AT (standard, manual) and this happened....

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Fuel gauge reads 1 bar - range reads 101 miles !!! What ???

So I carried on until the last bar sterted flashing and the light came on...

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Light was on and last bar was flashing. Range still reads 58 miles.

I love that this bike gets nervous when it only has 100 miles left. And panics with lights and flashes at 50.

It really does want to get out there in the wilderness! 😂

I bottled it at about 40 miles left and filled up.

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Full to the brim with an estimated range of 268 miles. I'll take that thank you! :D

Check out that screen glare though 😂
 
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Squily

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I found during short haul trips (stop-starting) when the bike is on reserve (i.e. Light flashing) the estimated remaining mileage can be way off. For the first few times starting, the bike will 'restart' the count down and at some point just quit altogether.
 
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BobSill

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Out running in the new 2018 AT (standard, manual) and this happened....

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Fuel gauge reads 1 bar - range reads 101 miles !!! What ???

So I carried on until the last bar starting flashing and the light came on...

View attachment 1612

Light was on and last bar was flashing. Range still reads 58 miles.

I love that this bike gets nervous when it only has 100 miles left. And panics with lights and flashes at 50.

It really does want to get out there in the wilderness!

I bottled it at about 40 miles left and filled up.

View attachment 1613

Full to the brim with an estimated range of 268 miles. I'll take that thank you! :D

Check out that screen glare though
2016 Manual Trans:
310 km to reserve, 375 km to empty (233 miles) back road and HWY riding.


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inexorable

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Nice photo Bob ;)

@Squily .. are we saying that down to 50 miles or so we are confident but any lower than that and its roll-the-dice guesswork? 😂
 

Graves

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Honestly I've never checked. When on an adventure ride we get gas whenever it's available. I do know that with one bar showing I have approx 2 gallons left.

Out running in the new 2018 AT (standard, manual) and this happened....

View attachment 1611


Fuel gauge reads 1 bar - range reads 101 miles !!! What ???

So I carried on until the last bar sterted flashing and the light came on...

View attachment 1612

Light was on and last bar was flashing. Range still reads 58 miles.

I love that this bike gets nervous when it only has 100 miles left. And panics with lights and flashes at 50.

It really does want to get out there in the wilderness! 😂

I bottled it at about 40 miles left and filled up.

View attachment 1613

Full to the brim with an estimated range of 268 miles. I'll take that thank you! :D

Check out that screen glare though 😂
 

inexorable

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I wouldn't know a gallon if you splashed me in the face with it @Graves - let alone know how far I could get with one! 😂

hang on..... Goooooogle...

Ah right. 4.5 litres... no hang on - that's an imperial gallon - you mean US right?

That's 3.7 litres.

Brain ache!
 

Graves

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Ha ha, yea US.

I remember when they tried to convert to the metric system when I was a kid, totally confusing, better to stay with both which is a lot less confusing. ;-)

I wouldn't know a gallon if you splashed me in the face with it @Graves - let alone know how far I could get with one! 😂

hang on..... Goooooogle...

Ah right. 4.5 litres... no hang on - that's an imperial gallon - you mean US right?

That's 3.7 litres.

Brain ache!
 

inexorable

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The funny thing is I'm really struggling with the AT telling me about consumption in miles per litre. That means nothing to me.

We track distance in miles not km, fill up using litres but we do consumption in mpg !!!! .. but hang on.. do we mean imperial or US 😂
 

Graves

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The funny thing is I'm really struggling with the AT telling me about consumption in miles per litre. That means nothing to me.

We track distance in miles not km, fill up using litres but we do consumption in mpg !!!! .. but hang on.. do we mean imperial or US 😂
 

Squily

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Nice photo Bob ;)

@Squily .. are we saying that down to 50 miles or so we are confident but any lower than that and its roll-the-dice guesswork? 😂
I take note of the mileage when the light comes on 1st time and add 30miles /50km to my distance as my maximum. Or I use the B trip counter (i.e. Zero it as my reserve counter)

Only applicable in stop-go situations such as commuting or punting around town
 

PC12driver

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I take note of the mileage when the light comes on 1st time and add 30miles /50km to my distance as my maximum. Or I use the B trip counter (i.e. Zero it as my reserve counter)

Only applicable in stop-go situations such as commuting or punting around town
Why not hack the countdown mile clock? I set mine on ~ 175.


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SHUMBA

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All said and done, fuel consumption depends on several factors.. A lot of cold starts, idling in traffic, and your cruising speed. I did a trip through Michigan this summer and wanted to make good time on I-75, so I locked onto a pickup truck in a hurry and just tailed them for a long while at 145 KPH or 95 MPH.
Got down in the Flint area and the amber fuel light came on. I found the first exit and gassed up and after only 317 K/M or about 200 miles I had about a litre of fuel remaining or 1/4 gallon. Ride fast and the AT swills gas.
 

PC12driver

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All said and done, fuel consumption depends on several factors.. A lot of cold starts, idling in traffic, and your cruising speed. I did a trip through Michigan this summer and wanted to make good time on I-75, so I locked onto a pickup truck in a hurry and just tailed them for a long while at 145 KPH or 95 MPH.
Got down in the Flint area and the amber fuel light came on. I found the first exit and gassed up and after only 317 K/M or about 200 miles I had about a litre of fuel remaining or 1/4 gallon. Ride fast and the AT swills gas.
Highway +/- headwind is a huge difference. (20%)


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SHUMBA

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Highway +/- headwind is a huge difference. (20%)


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Agree, headwinds are definitely a factor, and don't forget colder temperatures = lower density altitudes = increased fuel consumption, I know as I flew airplanes for a living.
Thanks for your input and ride safely and always wear your riding gear. Best..SHUMBA
 

OneEarTim

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I get fuel when it's available when I'm on adventures like @Graves does. But, I've been on a few adventures where I had to go into full fuel eco mode and ride super conservative. I've run out of fuel once about a mile away from the next fuel stop and it was just after the estimated remaining mileage said zero. The second time I had less than a mile remaining and made it to the fuel stop. I don't remember the exact amount of fuel it took, but it was pretty much everything Honda says it will hold.
 
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Graves

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Why is it that we always decide to do that when we're almost out, makes you wish you didn't do all that sliding and wheel spinning earlier.

...I had to go into full fuel eco mode and ride super conservative.
 

inexorable

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I think the "just after zero" bit is what we wanted to hear 👍
 

DELLA

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I'm finding with my Rabid Gas hand, that I'm getting 300km then I fill up 18 or more litres.
Trust me we have more than that , and I have not run out yet.

I use the Range left to go as a supplement the little bars on dash , but if you are a old XRV guy you will understand ( not having had a gauge before ) that your right hand determines how far you get.

When you get real low , avoid heavy acceleration as the fuel you do have will be pushed back in the tank and the engine falters , same applies on inclines if you feel this that's when you know its really time to find your fuel quick.

@SHUMBA has this nailed.

If you push the Crf up the speed range to 160kmh it will drink like a Camel.
or take it easy on 80kmh-100kmh and you might make 400 Km, ( 248,5 miles )

Returning from a recent BlackForest tour with my Neighbour ( KTM 1290 Adv ) we both filled up and then drove me very cold at 150-160 kmh up the A81.

For the whole week previous in the hills he was Tanking 3-4 litres more than me.
After the higher speed return it was me with the higher consumption.

So Honda how about a higher ratio 6th , or will that hit sales of the CRF Adventure ?
 

superfunkomatic

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I ran out of fuel once. It counted down range and then went to zero. I rode about another 25-30 kilometres before I was completely out.
403 kilometres (250 miles). On only one other occasion I've made it 410 kilometres (slow speed offroad, no wind, moderate temperature outside, no luggage).
 

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