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Old 07-19-2012, 07:10 AM   #1
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So, with some ex-500 forum advice and some sweat and trial and error I got the speedometer cable head back on my bike. Yesterday I took it out for a ride, and after a few needle jitters it seems to be working fine. But, riding up a Hwy 90 the bike started losing power, puttered and finally I pulled over in traffic to the road side. I have been here before: out of main tank gas. So, I switched the petcock to reserve, sloshed the tank and tried to start…nada. Then I finally pulled the choke, cranked, and it fired. Then I went on my merry way. I thought I had no more than about 90-100 miles on the tank, but I rode "unknown" miles when the odomter cable was off last Saturday.

I hate running out of gas in traffic, it happened the first week I had the bike. I tried to find the petcock while riding, but could not. It is too small and stiff to move. Anyway, all is well that ends well? Supposedly this bike can go close to 200 miles on a tank of gas averaging 50 mph. I don’t buy that number. That must include draining the reserve? So, I will continue to fill the bike obsessively at around 100 odometer miles. Why the manufacturers cannot put a basic gas gauge on most motorcycles baffles me. Surely the technology is there, even if accuracy was rough.

I was very happy no cagers hit me while I was on the narrow shoulder of hwy 90.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:29 AM   #2
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I get an average 50mpg on mine, switch to reserve anywhere between 130-150 miles depending on the way I'm riding. 180 miles is about as far as I can push mine before I get really nervous about running out of gas. I'm sure your 500 can get 50mpg, if not a little better. Glad everything worked out for you.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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I refuel ever 90 or so miles. about 110 before th fuel light comes on
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Some blue threadlocker on the speedo cable took care of that problem for me.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:59 AM   #5
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My 1200CC HD got 47mpg on my last tank. Next time you fill up note how much fuel you put in the tank per the pump.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:04 AM   #6
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Why not just gas up regularly, long before the tank goes empty? Most bikes have small tanks and short ranges. That's just the way it is.

The only time I let a bike go close of empty is soon after I buy it and want to get a feel of the bike's actual range. But then, I'm watching that trip meter and gas level like a hawk while I'm doing that. And I only need to do it ONCE per bike.
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on my 500 If I baby it on a long trip, I can get 200 to a tank. Around town I only get about 45-50mpg tho.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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How big is your tank.

Depending on how much I ride, I usually give a day or two to get more gas after I switch to reserve. 3 gals and then 1.1 reserve.

I've never run out before.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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Bout 100 miles and ill start wandering for a gas station. Bout 110 give or take the light comes on.
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