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post #1 of 4 Old 04-20-2017, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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New user- Help with fuel level pls

Hey guys- new owner of a 14 camhead here!

Help me out- I see a little fuel pump on the display- but no indication of how much gas is in the tank. What am i supposed to see? I heard about the "fuel strip" problem- but not quite sure what that means in this case.


Oh yeah- any recommendations of reference service material? I order Jim Von B's DVD.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-20-2017, 06:54 PM
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Fuel Worries

You're GOOD. Just FILL UP every 200 miles or so, and enjoy the ride.
2014 does not have the fuel gauge bars, but only a LOW Warning light.
Ride More, Worry Less

2012 R1200R with 114,000+ Ride More, Worry Less!
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-21-2017, 12:18 AM
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Another Happy '14 Rider Here ...

... true, we have no proper fuel gauge, so ride by the Tripometer and Low-Fuel light.

Depending on how you ride and how much you top off on fuel, you should get somewhere solid between 160-200 miles per tank.

The '14 model is touted as the best of the air/oil best! And, if you're not interested in hypermotard looks (sans beak), electro-gizmos and higher horsepower, then she bests the LC version as well.

Post up a pic of your bike, we like to look at 'em!

Stay tuned and true!

Horse History - - - - dates of ownership @ miles accumulated
2014 BMW R1200R - - - - 6/14 - present @ still counting
2012 Ducati 696 ABS ---- 3/15 - 5/15 (2mos) @ 250mi
2007 Ducati GT1000 - - - - 1/14 - 6/14 (6mos) @ 4,830mi
2011 Kawasaki VN1700 - - - - 9/11 - 5/14 (2yrs 8mos) @ 34,269mi
2007 Kawasaki VN900- - - - 4/11 - 8/11 (4mos) @ 4,567mi
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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.
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