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post #1 of 12 Old Sep 16th, 2009, 6:25 pm Thread Starter
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K1300GT Fuel Capacity

I would like to know if anyone has an accurate fuel capacity of this bike. The books say approx. 6.3 gal. It continues to say 1.1 gal reserve. I do not know if this reserve is inclusive of the 6.3. I ran it down to reserve for the first time. Warning light came on and told me I have 38 miles to go. I rode 2 miles and filled it up. Tank tool 6.3 gal. That leads me to believe the complete tank volumne would be about 7.4 gal or I was really running on fumes and the guage was not correct. Local dealer could not verify for me either way. They leaned towards the 6.3 total.
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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

It's 6.3 total.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

The K1300GT has the same tank as the K1200GT.

When Ken Meese's fuel capacity was checked for the Iron Butt Rally, they came up with 6.3 (main tank) + 5.14 (aux tank) for a total of 11.44 gallons - within .06 gallons of being disqualified. So, if you added 6.3 gallons, you were running on fumes.
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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

Just looked it up and it is 6.3 total gallons.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

The fuel gauges are notoriously inaccurate. The '06-'07 bikes show 0 miles to go with just over half a gallon remaining (I've pushed mine 25 miles past 0 several times). The '08 bikes are variable at best, and the '09 bikes have an all new fuel strip that seems to count down somewhat better, unless it simply fails outright (as several early models did).

The tank is 6.3 total, so I'd say that you were pushing fumes regardless of what the display said. The only way to be sure is to carry some spare fuel with you and let the bike run out all the way and then just see what it happens to say.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

My 09 GT warning lights work as advertised at 38 mi remaining. On one occasion I continued to 15 mi remaining and put in 6.1 gal. I was sweaten' all the way to the gas stop. Last weekend I fueled at 22 mi remaining and put in 5.8. I fuel with the bike on the center stand; I don' know if it makes any difference.
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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

If you're relying on any of these gauges or miles left crap, your just asking for trouble. They're incredibly unreliable.

Reset your trip odometer every time you fill up, and start getting serious about finding a gas station at 200 miles.

Keep in mind everything varies with load, wind, speed, going uphill or downhill. I've averaged as low as 30 MPG fully loaded @ 80 pushing a head wind to over 50 MPG coming down from high altitude in heavy traffic (low speed).

Use your head instead of the gauge.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

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, and the '09 bikes have an all new fuel strip that seems to count down somewhat better, unless it simply fails outright (as several early models did).

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With my fuel guage problem, my dealer said that the 09 has a float and not a fuel strip.
?????

i will question them further when I pcik up the bike tomorrow after they said they have "fixed" it.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

I have an 08 GT so it may be a little different than yours. I keep an eye on the gauge but always set my trip meter when refueling. I know I can run to at least 220 regardless of how I ride. The one exception was when I ran into a bad head wind and got about 33 miles per gallon (est). If I'm out on the road and not sure where the next station is I fill up around 200 miles. Where I'm familiar with the area I'll run it down as far as I feel safe, depends on how I feel about walking that day. GPS helps with the gas stations but I've found that they sometimes close up shop and the GPS has not been updated. Every one has their own system, but the fuel gauges are not that accurate even when calibrated.
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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

I have never relied on the fuel gauge on any motorcycle before. I would not use it as the sole means to tell me when to fill up. My concern was with one gallon in reserve, I would expect it to warn me before hitting vapors. I purposely ran it down to reserve warning to see how accurate it was. The bike is new to me. Four weeks old. I would expect an OBC to do better than that. My Ford Explored has an OBC and it tells me to the tenth of a gallon accuracy. Now that I know it is not reliable, I will be very careful and expect the dealer to make an adjustment to correct it. At least better than off by one gallon.
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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

Recently, I checked the back of my 09 GT owner's manual which shows the "USEABLE FUEL" as 6.3. The reference to useable may mean that the tank is slightly larger than 6.3 but only 6.3 can be used.

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Re: K1300GT Fuel Capacity

Let's not forgot the gagues at the gas station aren't always accurate too.
As kapod said - use your head more than the gauge.

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