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post #1 of 6 Old 06-21-2017, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I like big tanks...

...and I cannot lie! 4.8 gallons is fuel to fly....

While heading for Weston pass (11,921 feet), my speedometer went dead. I quickly found that the cable had broken, and although I wasn't worried about a speeding ticket (because KLR), I was chagrined to find that my trip odometer had also quit working! It read "168 miles", and although I knew that there was another 20 miles to the pass, and another 25 miles over it, I had no fear of running out of gas, thanks to that big tank! Hooray!

For what it's worth, the road over the Weston pass summit is clear of snow - the east side is easy-peasy, but the west side is pretty rocky with a few scary sections.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2017, 03:21 AM
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Gotta love the cavernous 22L fuel tank.

Fill-ups a further apart than most and I've never even had to put more than 18L in (chicken).
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WHERE did I get the notion a KLR stock tank held 6.1 gallons of fuel?

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I must be mistaken myself - the specs in my owner's manual say that the fuel capacity (Gen II) is 5.8 gallons (22 litres).

Mea culpa...
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-22-2017, 10:58 AM
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Then, there's the story of Peter, the South African who came to America, "built" a Generation 2 for his 45,000-mile ride through the Americas . . . and completed it!

Here's his ride report: Riding through the Americas | Adventure Rider

Among his modifications, a 10-gallon fuel tank:


Now, the punch line: He RAN OUT OF GAS, on the first leg of his journey!

(When one side of the tank runs dry, the vacuum lift tank cannot lift fuel from the lower reaches to the petcock, situated at a higher elevation on the bike. I guess the trick is to make sure that's the LAST side to run dry.)

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WHERE did I get the notion a KLR stock tank held 6.1 gallons of fuel?

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It is in the specs. I have ran dead out of gas in my 2008 and pumped 6.1 gallons to tip-top full.
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