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Manual says one thing, but what's it actually hold before the pickup is in the air?
 

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it's your lucky day, i asked a BMW salesperson this question and the guy seemed like he knew what he was talking about and told me 17 liters is what the R1200R fuel tank can hold. I've heard other numbers like 18 liters, 19 liters, even 20 liters.

BMW R1200R fuel tank capacity seems to be 17 liters to me, im with the salesperson on this one
 

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good news

In my first fill up on Friday I was very careful not to overfill.
The total was 18.82 liters. The computer gave me about 20
more km to go with the remaining fuel before I got to the
station. By the way, that was at 150 per/liter.
 

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New data. I put 21.16 liter in the tank tonight. I wasn't trying. I couldn't see the
meter for the hose hanging down. I was surprised when I saw the amount. The gas
didn't go up much higher if any from last time. I was down to 15km to go according to the computer.
 

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Are you guys filling to the bottom of the orange tube inside the filler neck or up to the top under the car? I've never put in 5 gallons (18.8 ltrs).
 

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bottom of the orange tube

I didn't try to superfill it. When I saw the gas touching the bottom of the orange tube I stopped. I filled at a fairly slow rate so as not to risk a splash. Wierd, we're all getting different capacities. Some tank tech at the factory is expressing his individuality?
 

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I have a 2011 r1200r and filled it up just as the computer said "--" km left (presumably just before starting to use the reserve). I managed to fill 17,78 liters up to the orange plastic tube. The bike was on the side stand. If the reserve is 3 liters, this must be a 21 liter tank. I don't want to run completely empty to test this since the manual warns not to run out because of the catalytic converter.
 

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Yes, the cat may not like it.:mad: It may run out where it isn't a safe place to stop. :eek: Another reason to not run it out is because the fuel pump is inside the fuel tank and the gas cools :cool: the electric fuel pump, which runs constantly keeping fuel pressure. :001_rolleyes: But the main reason not to run it all the way empty is, It is a real PITA to push!!! :whatdoyouthink:
 

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But the main reason not to run it all the way empty is, It is a real PITA to push!!! :whatdoyouthink:
Some of you guys are playing Russian roulette with your re-fuelling practices - 15km to empty, 20km to empty, and so on!

I'd never knowingly get below 50km to empty before re-fuelling, and even that sounds a bit dicey to me!

L of S
 

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+1 LofS :iagree:If you rode from Toowoomba to Exmouth, there might be a lengthy stretch of road void of gasoline stations. Running it that low might be difficult to avoid.
On the East coast of the USA, and especially in Japan, gas supplies are so numerous, running out of gas is just being.....,
well...........less than observant and prudent.:icon_scratch:

 

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+1 LofS :iagree:If you rode from Toowoomba to Exmouth, there might be a lengthy stretch of road void of gasoline stations. Running it that low might be difficult to avoid.
On the East coast of the USA, and especially in Japan, gas supplies are so numerous, running out of gas is just being.....,
well...........less than observant and prudent.:icon_scratch:

Clem you won't find any Gasoline stations between Toowoomba and Exmouth,you may however come across the odd Petrol Station...mate.
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D'you perchance refer to Esk, Clem? L of S Nope. Exmouth. Esk is in your area.
Clem you won't find any Gasoline stations between Toowoomba and Exmouth,you may however come across the odd Petrol Station...mate. Mark
Thanks, mate. Petrol station it is. And not many of them. Do you carry extra petrol when you venture outback?
 

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D'you perchance refer to Esk, Clem?

Nope. Exmouth. Esk is in your area. Do you carry extra petrol when you venture outback?
So Exmouth in far Western Australia it is - Esk is just down the road (literally) from Toowoomba. Unless, of course, you refer to Exmouth in Devon, England...?

Travelling through very remote areas such as across the Nullarbor Plain**, or in the Top End (Northern Territory and north of Western Australia as far down the coast as [say] Carnarvon) a full 5L plastic 'can' is strapped onto the RHS pillion peg - but I've only once had to dip into it, due to very strong headwinds playing havoc with the bike's consumption.

This was on the very bleak and empty 380km Tablelands Hwy in the NT, running south from Cape Crawford (and the Heartbreak Hotel there!) to the Barkly Roadhouse. Elsewhere on these long trips, the can is carried empty.

** 'Crossing the Nulla' - about 1200km or 720 miles - used to be regarded as a bit of a feat on two wheels, but now the longest distance between fuel stops (servos) is about 180km, or 108 miles.

Lawrence of Suburbia

Outer Brisbane, SE Queensland, Australia

2012 R1200R: Montego Blue with ABS, ESA, RDC, OBC, Puig rear hugger, Eagle semi-touring screen, Stebel Magnum horn, Grip Puppies, ss oil-cooler guard, Abdeckring installed, Wunderlich ‘Trophy’ fairing coming soon… that’s it!



 

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I just did 750 miles on a new R1200R, best tank distance was 247 miles, reserve went for 33 miles before I stopped. Filled it to the brim with 5.5 US gallons (20.82 liters)
 

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Hi to All,
I put 17.3 litres in yesterday, bike on side stand and filled to bottom of orange filler tube, ( with 3 fuel bars still indicated).
So can it be assumed that tank capacity is 18 litres PLUS 3 litres reserve ???.
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John
 

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Dumb question !

The screen of the 2013 does not have a fuel gauge or read out. Am I missing something ? I see no bars.

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Dumb question! ???

What he really means, johnvw, is that the tank volume or capacity - be it 18L or 18.5 or whatever we may choose to think it to be - INCLUDES the 3L reserve.

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Outer Brisbane, SE Queensland, Australia

2012 R1200R: Montego Blue with ABS, ASC, ESA, RDC, OBC, Puig rear hugger, Stebel Magnum horn, Grip Puppies, ss oil-cooler guard, Abdeckring installed, Wunderlich ‘Trophy’ fairing.

 

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Clem, I'm a little peeved that they changed that. I sure would have liked that info on my bike. Can't imagine the reasoning there. And as most, the last 2 BMW's I've had, no helmet lock!
 
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