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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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2005 1600 Vulcan Classic

When my low fuel light goes on, the electronic fuel gauge is still showing 2 of the 5 bars. It takes 4.7 gallons to fill it up, so the low fuel gauge is correct. It has happened twice in the last two weeks.

I am thinking if I disconnect/reconnect the battery, it might reset the gauge or maybe it's a sensor? Any feedback would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 01:13 AM
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I also own an '05 1600 classic and I get the same thing, I've gotten use to it somewhat. I've come to believe it is a way to compensate the lack of a reserve valve like bikes use to have.
At the beggining I would immediately look for a gas station only to find out it would only take a little over 3 gal. never more than 4.
Now I know that the bike has at least from 15-20miles after the last bar goes out. It comes down to how well you get yo know your bike.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-20-2015, 09:39 AM
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My 2007 1600 does the same thing with the fuel light. Agree, it's about knowing your bike. I wonder how much of the gas is available when it gets low and if all the gas in the tank can get used. Don't want to test and run out, just wondering how much would be left when it runs out.
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Seems to me that I read somewhere that you can tweek the fuel gauge readout underneath the instrument cluster on top of the tank. I'll try and find the info. If I find it I'll post back

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Roger, that's great. I will watch for your reply. Anyone know how much gas it took on a fill-up after running out?
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Roger, that's great. I will watch for your reply. Anyone know how much gas it took on a fill-up after running out?
I ran out at 194 miles according to my trip-meter. I had 2 bars showing, then red low fuel light came on. I ignored it figuring I had plenty of gas to get home. Bike started to sputter for handful of miles, then stalled out. Fortunately, I rolled right into a gas station. 5.2 gallons to fill.
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I ran out at 194 miles according to my trip-meter. I had 2 bars showing, then red low fuel light came on. I ignored it figuring I had plenty of gas to get home. Bike started to sputter for handful of miles, then stalled out. Fortunately, I rolled right into a gas station. 5.2 gallons to fill.
Haa, I did the very same thing the day I bought it. I ignored the sellers advice. 'you need to get some gas".

I too coasted into the Gas Station. The fuel light wasn't on very long b4 it started spitting and stalling.

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My girlfriend Janet and I were traveling in back country roads on a cold night when it started sputtering. We were praying we would make it to the next town. About 10 miles or so before the sputtering my girlfriend spotted the low fuel light and asked if I was concerned? I told her we were all set as we drove past several gas stations. She suggested I get gas anyways, but I chose to ignore her request. As soon as I ran out of gas Janet say's " I told you so, you should have got gas when you had the chance"! Ahhh women, ya got to love them!
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Moral of the story, obey the women and as important, obey the low fuel light.
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My 2003 had fuel gauge problems and a Kawa mech I know said that I should run some Sea Foam through it for a couple of tanks to be sure the sensor wasn't sticking. I did and now when the low fuel light comes on I can get about 45 miles before it sputters, I did have a gallon jug in the bag just for this as I was trying to figure out if things were better, since the very first time the low fuel came on with one full bar showing I got 12 miles before my Baby quite on me. Just my 2cts worth.

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