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Thread: Fuel tank / Reserve tank

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    Fuel tank / Reserve tank

    I just recently bought my bike, and though I've ordered an owner's manual, it hasn't come yet. Can anyone tell me how large my fuel tank is, and how much is in the reserve tank?
    I think the overall capacity is around 3.5 gallons, but I'd like confirmation, if someone can provide it.
    Thanks in advance.
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    It seems to be 3.4 gallons or 3.6 gallons,reserve 0.7 gallons.

    Plan ahead and don't get in a situation to need reserve is the best advice I could give ya.

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    Thanks, both for the answer, and the terrific link!!!
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    If you are a regular rider, it is a good idea to know how far you can go before you hit reserve. Good for planning trips. Dont forget while you are riding to put your hand down and touch your valve every now and then. This is to help you find it easier when you actually run out of gas and have to go to reserve. That way you dont wreck or kill your engine before you switch the valve. Just a rider tip.

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    That's good advice. In preparation for when I eventually need to switch to the reserve tank, I've been practicing finding the petcock already.
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    i dont know my reserve milage, but i usually roll around about 20-30 miles to get around to near by places and if possible, find the best gas prices!

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    I've done the math, and since I get 55mpg, and the reserve tank is 0.7 gallons, I should be able to get another 38 miles out of it after switching to the reserve tank.
    I haven't mustered up the courage to actually try it, but that's what should happen.
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    Ah yes, math. Math can be very finite. Be careful.

    I would count on 20 and be grateful if I needed and got more. As I said previously, plan ahead and never use reserve if you can avoid it.
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    Fortunately for me, I work next door to a Costco that has a gas station, so I'm never far from fuel. Stopping for fuel even though I'm not on the reserve tank might be a little inconvenient, but not as much as pushing the bike.
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    Hmmmm... I just watch the fuel guage... when it says 1/4, it is also in the red zone.. I never bothered to look and see if my Wing even has a reserve... LOL

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