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post #81 of 85 Old 05-14-2020, 07:57 PM
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Good for you, normally exercising the fuel tap selector handle. I do that almost EVERY tank full.

6.1 gallons into a BONE-DRY fuel tank. But you can not use it all!

I believe that the 5.8 gallon fuel capacity refers to the California APPROVED models with the charcoal evap can under the LH side panel. That 5.8 gallon mark leaves just enough air space for the evap system to operate properly. But you can probably only use about 5.6 gallons of that.

I have Burned 5.928 gallons of fuel from my 1987 -A1 model by using the secret reserve 4 times on 1 tank of fuel. The last 100 yards to the gas station was up-hill, so that the last dribbles of available fuel had to run back towards the fuel valve from the LH wing.

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post #82 of 85 Old 05-25-2020, 08:19 AM
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Maybe this question should be a new thread, but has anyone added an extra fuel tap on the right side of the tank to get access to (some of) the "secret reserve"? I do like to keep things simple, but I can think of two scenarios where one would be handy:
1. On a trip with the bike fully loaded and discover you had a brain fart and forgot to switch from reserve to run at your last fill up.
2. Failure of the stock vacuum petcock.
My BMW airhead has a high tunnel under the tank, so there is a fuel tap with reserve on each side. When needed, I would turn only the one tap to a generous reserve. Supposedly, the "last resort" of the second reserve would give you a few more miles.
It looks like the "wings" of my KLR (gen 2) tank seem to be at the level of the carb float bowel, so I assume that would be too low a tap point (without getting involved with some type of pump). Just wondering if anyone has done this.
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post #83 of 85 Old Yesterday, 11:05 AM
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I'll just guess that one might access about 1 - 1.5 quart from the RH side with a Right side fuel tap.

I'll recommend that one park the rear wheel downhill with a full load and then tip the bike as far left as comfortable, This can be done a couple of times.

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post #84 of 85 Old Yesterday, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by akjblizz View Post
I tried going 300 miles on a tank last year after I found out the only gas station at the end of the road was closed on Sunday. Ran out of gas at about 280 miles.
I hate it when that happens.
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post #85 of 85 Old Yesterday, 03:39 PM
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I'm really thinking of trying to hit the 300 mile mark one day. I'm down ere in SC, near the western upper part of the state. It's essentially downhill to the Atlantic ocean. I'm thinking of riding up to Rosman, NC one morning, topping of my tank and seeing if I can go all the way down Hwy 178 to where it ends at I95 in a single ride. That is approximately 230 miles, I'd have to lean left or right and add a few miles, but you get the idea.

I will probably bring an MSR bottle w 30 ounces of go juice as an "i don't want to push this sucker' backup.

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