Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La., aka New Orleans
the 14 does not have the dreaded fuel strip, does it? A float, it appears #10. That's MUCH better. In my experience, the floats work pretty well, but the tell you the volume of gas remaining, NOT the miles you have left. If your mileage is great, you can go far, if your mileage is poor...not so far.
Depending on your riding style and conditions you may, if you use the odometer method, run out of gas before the 200 mile mark, or the 180 mile mark, or you may go 230 miles and still have gas. To be 99% safe I'd use 140 ish miles to refuel, to avoid 99% of the episodes of running out of fuel. One time, crossing west Texas I was in headwinds and my low fuel light went on at 125 miles. Recently, on my GS, I was heading south on I 25, between Socorro and Las Cruces, into 40-50 mph headwinds, NOT gusts (as reported on local weather), and I was getting high 20s low 30s mpg at mid 60s mph.
The range of these bikes varies, normally, greatly in different conditions, so be wary. If you're doing long distance touring, on lonely stretches, carrying extra gas is a real security blanket that you hope you never use.