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Fuel Tank Capacity

Just curious. I have an '06 Classic. Owner's manual says it hold 4.8 gallons of gasoline. My wife has an '09 LT and it holds 5.3 gallons. I've looked at both, tried to at least visually compare both tanks and they both appear to be the same size, at least on the outside. So where is the difference in fuel capacity that the .09 holds half a gallon more gas? Anyone know the answer to that question?

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Anybody have this info?

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Anybody have this info?
Have you checked the totalmotorcycle site? Look there and see what they have on capacities.

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I have a 07 custom and when the low fuel light comes on i have just over a gallon left in the tank.

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Well I've got an '06 LT and have put 5 gallons in it before. I typically put 4~4.5 gallons in it. So, whatever that tells you I guess LOL.

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Yeah, I just wonder where the difference in capacities come from, because I can't see any difference in exterior dimensions. It's a mystery to me.

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myster,, sometimes a tank is rated at a specific volume based upon its internal dimensions, usually when it was built for a gravity feed carb fed bike. then somebody at the factory goes and sticks an electric fuel pump inside the same size tank and now its capacity is reduced the amount of volume the internal pump takes up. yeah, from the outside it can be pretty mysterious.. jus sayin is all.

I have found that book specs are usually on the low side, but thats because I will drain a tank to the bottom and then go fill it up..all the way. Only Then do I absolutely know how much this puppy will hold.

others mistake capacity for rangeability. two diffren subjects. If you go ez on yor ride you can extend any given capacity. of course a bigger tank will go further, unless your habit is to hammer away vs mozey down the road.
Yep, I agree. I've got a friend who always grouses because I always get better gas mileage on my bike than he does--same bikes. But I often have to spend a lot of time catching up because he nails the throttle to the stop due to his love of hard acceleration and high speed!

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Just curious. I have an '06 Classic. Owner's manual says it hold 4.8 gallons of gasoline. My wife has an '09 LT and it holds 5.3 gallons. I've looked at both, tried to at least visually compare both tanks and they both appear to be the same size, at least on the outside. So where is the difference in fuel capacity that the .09 holds half a gallon more gas? Anyone know the answer to that question?
I have a '09 Custom 900. Spec book says 5.3 gals, but it's fitted with Calif emissions controls. Cuts out about top 3" of tank volume. Most I ever got into it was 4.5 gals (without over fill the CA emission thing). That was after running on the warning lite for about 40 miles.

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I have an '11 Custom and when my light comes on, it takes about 3 gallons to top it off. That reminds me....I gotta get gas in the morning on the way to work.
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Ok so I have to put my 2 cents in. Do people really care about how much gas their tank holds or how much they get per gallon? I just fill up the tank and ride I know when the light comes on I'm running low I got about another gallon or so give or take 50 miles. I even have a gps that tells me based on my total gallons and distance I got X left until its empty. I read people on here get all upset that the sensor is off. Really??? Should it be to the last drop? If you filled it and rode and the light came on OMG your upset that it should have another gallon or 2! Well my answer don't F with it just keep riding and in an hour or 50 miles stop and get gas! It's just that simple people. Don't get all bent out of shape. The dealer didn't rip you off!
Does anyone agree with me on this? Or should I really get my sensor fixed cause that's the way it should be?


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