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« on: July 06, 2017, 04:44:21 AM »

It happens to all riders (with that feature on their dash). You're riding, low on gas and at some point the gas icon lights up on your dash. My bike is a Kymco Downtown 300i. It's a guess on my part but I give myself 7 miles before I'm out of gas.

Does anyone know how far you can go when that icon begins to flash?

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 02:39:16 PM »

On my Bet & Win I had about 15 miles...
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 04:34:07 PM »

On my GTi300, the fuel gauge is a series of progressively smaller blocks with the smallest block being the closest to empty. When it gets down to only the last block showing, that block blinks on and off. In about 10 miles that last block stops blinking and only the gas pump symbol flashes. Once that happens I get 20 miles, riding very easy, before I'm totally out of gas. So, once the low fuel indicator starts to flash, I can get about 30 miles.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 05:16:34 PM »

Thanks, guys. Sounds like I'm being overly conservative. Running out of gas in a city, or highway is a major pain. I think mentally I just feel like there's a lot less in the tank, prompting me to get to a station ASAP.

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 05:31:29 PM »

Check your manual or the
interweb should be able to find out how much gas is left in reserve, figure your miles per, should give you  a more accurate idea.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 09:45:32 PM »

I carried a little extra gas and planned to run it slap out. I just made sure I was someplace where running out of gas would put my life at risk.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 05:22:53 PM »

I have 9 tenths left according to my top off at the station . With 74 mpg on the Forza  I can and have  run another 50 miles before I get nervous. Gas gauge on the Forza is not to accurate so tend to rely on the clock miles between fill ups.

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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 01:32:52 PM »

On my X-500 the fuel light comes on at around 90 to 100 miles, I gradually found I can refuel at 130 miles and still have a reserve of 0.5 to 0.8 gallons. Determine fuel tank capacity from owners or maintenance manual; set trip meter to 0 after refueling; note mileage when fuel light comes on; refuel and subtract amount serviced from tank capacity to determine approximate fuel remaining at service. Using average MPG obtained you should be able to determine approximately distance you can go after low fuel light comes on. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 05:16:52 PM »

Just fill up as soon as you see the low fuel indicator.  Total gas tank capacity (listed in your manual, or online) less fill-up amount (fill the same way every time) indicates reserve amount. Reserve amount times MPG (or Km/l if you must be difficult  ), less 10-15% to be conservative, indicates reserve range. Now you really know your range.

I just did this with my Burgman 650 to determine that I have about 50-60 miles from where the single blinking bar starts, and about 30 miles from where the bar and gas icon blink together. Even if I get well into the second reserve, I usually have about 1/2 gallon left.

There's nothing wrong with being conservative, but a 300cc bike should have more than seven miles in reserve.  I would expect that for a 49cc bike that gets 100 mpg.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017, 06:44:58 AM »

On my downtown 300i I ran to empty, 410 Km.  and when the last bar flashes I got 30 Km.s then the last flasher started and got another 10 Km.s   PS . I was carrying a gas tank reserve,
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