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Hi guys and gals i'm new to BMW's and this forum and i want ot know does anyone know anything about the reserve fuel indicator wire connections, I had my 600 mile service last week and i'm wondering if the guy forgot to hook up a wire as i ran out of gas today with the fuel gage saying i had 42 miles to empty and no reserve fuel indicator light coming on. Thanks
 

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Defective fuel strip is a common issue with these bikes. Don't trust it.
There are many posts related to this, to many to count.
Reset your trip odometer when you fill up,
and when you have ridden 200 miles, stop and fill up again.
Just a hunch, it's probably not the wiring, but I may be wrong.
 

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Hey Paulwfitz, is sad to hear another owner of such a great bike is having fuel gauge issues, unfortunately Clem is right, it happens more often then you can imagine.
You mentioned you just have the 600 mile service, your bike still under warranty, my advice is to go back to the stealership asap and have them fixed, hopefully I don't experience that since my bike is also from the same batch.
And hopefully BMW after seeing all this people having the same problems does a recall and takes care of this once and for all.

Check the link below

http://www.r1200rforum.com/forum/bmw-r1200r-general-discussions-7/fuel-gauge-issue-2011-bike-352/
 

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fuel gage issue

Yeh thats kinda what i thought, When i get to 190 miles on this tank i'm gonna carry a gallon of fuel with me and run it low to see if the fuel light even comes on, I sure didn't see it when i ran out of gas. I was fortunate to have a ride with a pretty cop lady though. Although i had to sit in the back like a crack addict. I appreciate the response guys. THANKS
 

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Hello all! I'm new to BMW and to this forum.

I've had my 2012 R1200R for about two weeks and about 700 miles. Although I have had no issue with my 'low fuel' light working properly, I have been able to easily go over 200 plus miles before having to refuel. The 2nd refuel event was with 235 miles on that tank of fuel and the next refuel event was at 252 miles.

It does sound like something was not reconnected during service. But there shouldn't be any reason why you can't get 200+ miles from a tank of fuel. That is unless your revving the engine out in every gear when you're flogging this beast...;)
 

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Hello all! I'm new to BMW and to this forum.

I've had my 2012 R1200R for about two weeks and about 700 miles. Although I have had no issue with my 'low fuel' light working properly, I have been able to easily go over 200 plus miles before having to refuel. The 2nd refuel event was with 235 miles on that tank of fuel and the next refuel event was at 252 miles.

It does sound like something was not reconnected during service. But there shouldn't be any reason why you can't get 200+ miles from a tank of fuel. That is unless your revving the engine out in every gear when you're flogging this beast...;)
Hi My1stbeemer,

I have an issue which is posted earlier on the other forum - Fuel gauge issue 2011 bikes. I only have the bike for a month and have not empty the fuel tank and run out of the petrol yet but according to the my trip meter and the computer, I can only get up to 190miles in the city when the tank is filled to the rim. Last time I filled up after done 175miles and the computer shows about 15 miles to go when I stop to refuel. The reserve fuel indicator come on when it has 35miles left( my old F800s comes on at 40miles). Question is how did you manage 250+?? did you actual did those miles or is it an assumption ie. trip + potential mileage left in the tank?
Please have a read on my other post-Fuel gauge issue 2011 bikes , does it sound right to you? please!
 

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Hi guys and gals i'm new to BMW's and this forum and i want ot know does anyone know anything about the reserve fuel indicator wire connections, I had my 600 mile service last week and i'm wondering if the guy forgot to hook up a wire as i ran out of gas today with the fuel gage saying i had 42 miles to empty and no reserve fuel indicator light coming on. Thanks

this is probably not related, but... when I was riding mine home from the dealer (2012 R1200R purchased May 5), after about 4 miles, the fuel guage went from full to the warning light. i happened to be looking down when it did it, just dropped bar by bar till the light came on! I stopped and opened the tank, gas near the top! Topped it up anyway and rode on. After a couple of stops for lunch and breaks, it suddenly climbed back up and worked fine thereafter...

Until... Ran out of gas last week indicating about 3 bars left in the tank. :eek:When I spoke to the dealer about this at the 600 mile service he admonished me to be sure that I did not hit the starter button until the self diagnostics fully completed. I was guilty of that at least once during my first week of riding and noted that the tach would read "zero" at whatever rpm it was at when i hit the button. Perhaps this also affects the fuel guage? I'm riding on the first tankful after running out and I know the "distance to empty" is not over 100 miles when my trip odometer says I've traveled 175 miles on this tank!
 

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ran out of gas today and the indicator light never came on, bike says 42 miles to empty
I definitely have this issue. Ran a little experiment after running out of gas last week with 3 bars showing. Did the same thing today, coasted into the station at 225 miles on the tripmeter and with 3 bars up. Will call for warranty service tomorrow morning... :mad:
 

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Continuing problem...!

I'm planning on buying a 2012 R tomorrow, Mat Gray !

I had this problem on my 07 R. Dealer replaced the fuel strip and then it worked fine. Have talked with many others on various BMW models of both the R and K series that experienced this faulty fuel strip issue...

Good news is my 07 took 5.7 US gallons when I ran it down near empty after about 270 miles of moderate pace! Would typically get over 220 miles before the fuel light would come on after getting the fuel strip fixed!
 

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I'm planning on buying a 2012 R tomorrow, Mat Gray !

I had this problem on my 07 R. Dealer replaced the fuel strip and then it worked fine. Have talked with many others on various BMW models of both the R and K series that experienced this faulty fuel strip issue...

Good news is my 07 took 5.7 US gallons when I ran it down near empty after about 270 miles of moderate pace! Would typically get over 220 miles before the fuel light would come on after getting the fuel strip fixed!

I don't understand how BMW knows about this problem and does not change the way the fuel measuring works. All the technology they put on their bikes and something as simple as this they can't fix. :mad::mad:
 

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I rode my 2012 1200R last week until the low fuel light came on. I'd done 140 miles. and rode an additional 30 miles before filling up. The bike still took 3.2 gallons. This doesn't seem right.

A few weeks ago I filled up then went riding with a friend. Before heading home I topped up again and diff between fuel to fill up and mileage showed I had averaged 46Mpg for this ride. It was a 60/40 split of highway/backroads. My bike has just under 2K miles on it.
 

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Ok, that's two threads I read so far now about this issue which has me a bit worried. My bike isn't even here yet but I'm worried I'll have this issue as well. Hard to believe it's been around this long and no fix yet?? I wonder if all the owners with this problem haven't called and notified BMW of their dissatisfaction with this?

Anyway, I'll keep a close eye on my fuel situation but if it fails, my local dealer will be getting a visit from me.
 

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I have had my classic for 2mo. and 4,000 miles, and no problem with the fuel gauge/warning light. Mine has been incredibly accurate. Also, I get well over 225mi. on a tank and I'm not shy on the throttle. My friend had the problem, brought his bike to the dealer and, so far, no problem. If ypu're having fuel gauge issues, there is hope! Take your bike back to the dealer. It can be fixed.
 

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Fuel strip update

Well, I finally got to the dealer and had my fuel strip problem fixed. The strip was actually not defective. They found that it was improperly located and all they had to do was remount it at the right height. Which is odd, because that means it apparently shifted position somehow because it worked fine for the first 3 or 4 tanks of gas.

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great expectations

Ok, that's two threads I read so far now about this issue which has me a bit worried. My bike isn't even here yet but I'm worried I'll have this issue as well. Hard to believe it's been around this long and no fix yet?? I wonder if all the owners with this problem haven't called and notified BMW of their dissatisfaction with this?

Anyway, I'll keep a close eye on my fuel situation but if it fails, my local dealer will be getting a visit from me.
There is a certain owner expectation that comes the blue and white roundel, eh? This is really a minor issue and if it's the only warranty item I have to deal with I'll be happy. It's just that, after all, it's a BMW dammit! One does not expect to have an item like this apparently poorly designed/engineered or mis-assembled. One would expect the fuel gauge to be accurate and reliable.
 

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New 2012

Hey Zol, That's great news. Know you're excited. Congratulations!
BTW, CEO told Hoshiko that matte grey Roadsters are the best ones.
Please post us a comparison of the two models, if you can.
 

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Before the thread drift gets worse...

The "calibration" fix my dealer did was semi-successful. 2 bars on the gas guage, 185 miles or so, no low fuel light. 215 miles. 2 bars on the guage, no low fuel light. I'm thinking "oh crap"... maybe i just got really good mileage because i was mostly on the highway?... about 220 miles and the light comes on! Yay! (maybe). Distance to empty says 40 miles. Seems reasonable if i have 3 litres left in the tank. 230 miles... OUT OF GAS! Coast into the station thankfully nearby.

I can deal with it. 2 bars on the guage... find a station. but this is not very "BMW-esque". :(
 

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I have a 2007 R. Bought it used and just ran out of fuel this afternoon. Had 2 bars on the display and NO warning light. Fortunately was able to stop on a quiet side street. Surprised to see so many occurrences of this problem. Will be taking it to dealership for service right away. Should have paid closer attention to the 220 miles since last refueling, but still.
 
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