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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-23-2017, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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I took my new to me 2016 voyager for it's first long trip this weekend and found the gas gauge and especially the miles to empty is terribly wrong. I found some posts dating back to 2012 about the miles to empty jumping all over the place rendering it useless but is that still true for the newer models? Do i have a problem or is that just the way it works? So with the miles to empty not working i started to look at the gas gauge and found that to be also very bad. First of all it's divided into 6 lines so theirs no real 1/4 tank or 1/8 tank mark that i'm used to seeing so 1/6 mark is 3-1/2 quarts but when filling up at that point i had about 2 gallons left in the tank. It was so bad that i let it run until it started flashing to get gas and found that to have 1-1/2 gallons still in the tank. Is this what the majority have found?
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The fuel gauge is only accurate when the bike is sitting straight up. Same goes for the miles till empty.
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The fuel gauge is only accurate when the bike is sitting straight up. Same goes for the miles till empty.
...and level and at a steady speed. A gas gauge is really useless on such a small tank. I would rather have had a volt meter (or ammeter).
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Best do a long run, with a spare tank in the saddlebag, 2 gals or so, and let that gas gauge dip way below E. if you canít let it go dry, toss in the 2 gal and then fill up at next stop.
I figured to do about 300kms max per tank. 1/2 way on gas gauge is about 150kms. The range and consumption rates change too much to be accurate.
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It's just the way they are. Do what most people do and just zero the odometer at each fill and just go by that. I can consistently travel about 320 km/tank. That's about 200 US miles. The light comes on quite a bit before that but I just ignore it.
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I simply zero the trip meter when the low fuel warning starts that irritating flashing thing, since I know for sure I have at least 50km from that point. Changing over to the trip meter also stops the display doing that irritating flashing thing, so it's win / win.
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Thanks for this info. Great to know.

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I simply zero the trip meter when the low fuel warning starts that irritating flashing thing, since I know for sure I have at least 50km from that point. Changing over to the trip meter also stops the display doing that irritating flashing thing, so it's win / win.

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Thanks for the reply's, so no need to go back to the dealer for warranty work it's just that way as i suspected from past postings. That's to bad for a modern bike to work this way it was one of the features that i really wanted in a new bike i remember way back in 1973 when i started riding using the trip meter for a gas gauge. I do have over a gallon when the low fuel starts flashing but i don't like being surprised like that.
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For us who own 900's, we've modded the fuel gauge by adding around 250 ohm's to the fuel circuit. Works like a charm on correcting the poor fuel gauge. Check it out here: gas gauge fix. Hope it helps.

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Just an FYI... pushing the trip selector switch once to the right and once to the left will clear the flashing low fuel warning screens and return you to your trip meter and average milage screens, only leaving the low fuel light on.

And though I haven't researched it, I'm sure disabling the fuel gauge/low fuel warning, wouldn't be that difficult.
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