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GS500 Tank size

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by rbarge, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. I have a GS500 and it should have a tank size of 17 liters with 3.5 reserve so thats 13.5 liters before reserve (didn't study maths for nothing :) ).

    However I only seem to get a max of 11 liters out the tank before I hit the res, so where has my other 2.5 liters gone ?


     
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  2. Massive amounts of residue in the tank ? .. have you tried flushing it out ... get a torch and have a look in there ...
     
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  3. I was under the impression the the main fuel feed was raised about the bottom of the tank so crud wouldn't effect the amount until revere, or an I mistaken.
     
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  4. You are probably right .. i know crap all about mechanics. It was just a suggestion.
     
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  5. Tank sizes in the 80's and 90's were like horsepower figures of the 60's and 70's.

    There's a fair bit of marketing liscence in them.

    The GS is a hangover from those times.
     
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  6. So what range are you getting out of your GS with a full tank? Also, (daft question) how are you filling your tank? If you are leaving a gap before the fuel reaches the cap then thats your 2.5 litres there.
     
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  7. I get about 210k's before I hit reserve. I fill it to the bottom of the filler cap tube thing (for want of a better name).

    Maybe I will fill it on the c stand next time so the tank is not at an angle to see if that helps.
     
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  8. I can only get about 11-12 litres into mine too and it's a clean late model tank. Pretty normal. Went deep into reserve once and only got just over 12 litres into it. Hits reserve typically at 250kays.
     
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  9. I get about the same out of my GS500, so it sounds right. Putting the bike on the centrestand is a pain, but unfortunaltely it may be necessary as servos go a bit mad when you fill your bike while straddling it.
     
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  10. I just checked mine (K3), Manual says 20L tank. I've just racked up 240km fanging around town and haven't hit reserve yet. It's getting pretty low but I haven't exactly been riding at best fuel eco revs either. On a recent long trip I got between 3.5 and 5L /100km depending on speed / headwind etc. Around town it's not so good. When I hit reserve I'll fuel up and let you know. I always fuel mine on the center stand and up to the neck of the filler.

    Cheers,
     
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  11. I find filling on the centrestand or sidestand makes too little difference to be worth the effort.
     
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  12. Thats ok, I don't find it too hard to put on the c-stand at all. One road I ride out here is 180km between small towns. Nice country, hardly any cars, 110km/h speed limit , bugger all cars :wink: . You can ride 100km and not see another soul. Very relaxing but I like to have too much fuel than not enough :shock: :p
     
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  13. I do it all the time and nobody has ever said anything to me. I take my helmet and gloves off first, maybe that's why they aren't bothered.
     
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  14. I does depend on the bike. Some bikes have more weight on the rear then others.

    Also there is a knack to it. I put a mates bike on it's centre stand once and he almost fell over in shock. He'd busted his arse so much he just given up. He was a lot fitter then me too.

    You've got to stand on it at the same time you pull up on the bike.
     
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  15. Hit reserve on my GS yesterday. First time cause I usually don't let it get that low but I just wanted to see.

    310km around town and put in 14.99L. It was on the c-stand and filled pretty much right up to the top. Running standard unleaded.

    Cheers,
     
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