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post #1 of 17 Old 07-07-2015, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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07 fuel capacity

I think the book says 5 gallons but what does the tank really hold? I ran out of gas the other day. I went to reserve and had to shake the bike for about 5 miles to get residual fuel into the carb. When I filled up it took 4.3 gallons. What is going on? Can't swear to it but I really don't remember ever switching to reserve on this tank of fuel. Does the stock 07 tank actually hold about 4.3 gallons?

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-07-2015, 09:11 PM
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Book says, 6.1 gallons if I'm not mistaken.

After I hit reserve, about 5 gallons needed for refill, IIRC. '07. YMMV!

On reserve, shouldn't have to shake anything, unless petcock reserve standpipe screen is clogged.
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I have an 08, but tomato/tomAto, I refuel at 190 miles and have hit reserve at 200ish. And I think I've gone at least 20 mile on reserve. I try not to. Generally put about 4.3-4.6 gallons in every 190, no lie.

Strange things are afoot at the circle K. I don't know what the deal is, but yeah, don't add up. No matter how you shake it. (Sorry, it's a compulsion).

Anything you're not taking into account? I've never measured it, but your tank holds way more than 4.3 gallons.




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Ok I don't have any facts. Never payed attention and have to wait till I try some things and pay attention to what is going on. "Normaly" When I fill up I set the odometer to zero and as you guys fill up around 200 miles or so. This time,not sure if I set the odometer or not, the bike quit at 143 miles. It was dead nothing. I had to stop. I went to the reserve and she fired up after using the choke to put fuel into the carb. I thought that was it and only had about five miles or so to go for fuel. Not to long after I got on the road she quit again and I had to stop. I shook the tank a bit and she fired up. So from that point on every half mile or maybe less I just shook the bike to keep it running. When I got the the station it only took 4.3 gallons. Now I get better mileage than that normal so that is why my numbers may not add up. I have ridden about 50 miles since I filled up with no problems.

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You weren't running out of gas in the tank. When you put 4.3 gallons in you still had 0.6 or 0.7 gallons before reserve and about a gallon still in reserve.

Maybe the vent valve in the gas cap was clogged causing a vacuum in the tank. Next time try opening the cap to see if it solves the problem.

Once my 2008 wouldn't keep running unless I kept shaking the tank while riding. It turned out the tan was rubbing on a wire and the shaking moved the wire and tank apart.
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Yep I thought there was more gas in there. Now when I looked in it was pretty empty. I could see a little pretty far down in the tank but it should have taken more than what I put in. Like i said it caught me by surprise. I'll pay more attention this tank and see what happens.

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I always fill mine to the brim with the nozzle right at the top. With some nozzles you can stick them far down in the tank and they will click off quickly when the gas level reaches them. That could make a considerable difference in the amount of gas you get into the tank.
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I'm with GoMotor: sounds like you have a problem with either the gas cap vent or with the petcock.

Mine takes 5 gal right when I hit reserve and there's 50 miles more fuel in the tank. When my '01 was new to me I was obsessed with 300 miles per tank and tested with a gas can on the rear rack. Tested it again when I simply mis-judged gas availability in Montana.
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Yeah I filled it to the top right to the bottom of the cap latch. Anyway I'm gonna run most of it out and see what happens this time. I guess it will come down to taking the petcock out. The reserve is probably fouled.

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when you run out lay the bike own on the petcock side you will get more gas in reserve
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