Miles Per Tank?

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by kzoo, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    I don't like to trust the fuel gauge alone, so I usually set the trip meter as a backup in my cars and will do the same on by bike.

    I have a 2004 Heritage Classic SE Stage 1, and was wondering if someone with a similar setup could give me a clue as to miles per tank under average commuting conditions....highway and city.
     
  2. Mad Dog Jim

    Mad Dog Jim Banned

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    I usually run mine on Clock. I watch my mechanical fuel gage which hit empty long before actual empty. When the mechanical gage gets low I witch my digital over to Miles To Reserve. I have run that down to zero before and when I fill up it takes about 4 gallons. The most miles I have ever gotton out of one tank was about 210. That's getting down there...

    On a long trip i try to fuel about every 180-200 unless I know that there is a long dry stretch coming up then I will top off at the last fuel stop available.
     
  3. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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  4. kzoo

    kzoo Banned

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    Just guessing, but I think it has a 1 gallon "reserve" when the low fuel light comes on. If I figure about 160 miles per tank I hope I am safe enough not to run out, 'cause I ain't fond of pushing 'em!
     
  5. Duane53

    Duane53 Active Member

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    I have an 04 Heritage and I stop when I get around 160 to 180 miles. I don't like to push it either.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    My Bob light comes on @ 1.7 gallons left I can squeeze out another 50 miles before I worry
     
  7. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    The BEST way for ME is to CHECK the Miles I get Per-GALLON.. Then I figure how many gallons in my tank.. SO i use the LOW # 40 mpg and use 6 gallon tank.
    that = 240 miles until MT... I will look for a station no less than 180/200 and I find that works for me.

    I set my trip meter to "O" every time I fill the tank.. I watch that for the gas fill needed.

    I also plan a route when traveling on a trip out SOOOOO I don't get to a place that Doesn't have a gas station for MILEs... FILL EARLY Walk Later.

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  8. JBC2565

    JBC2565 Junior Member

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    I've got a '98 Heritage (EVO engine) with a reserve tank in tank.
    Just wondering if your '04 Heritage doesn't have a reserve in the tank?? (or Twin Cam engine). Only had to flip the switch once. Something I try to avoid.
    4.1 gal tank and have to get gas 140-150 mile range to be safe. Have pushed to 160 but don't like to cut it that close. (Also don't put so much gas in that cap causes fuel to spill).
    Just wondering why you'd push if light comes on(runs out). Flip the gas switch and get some gas.
     
  9. lorne

    lorne Senior Member

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    like JBC says with my 98 softail
     
  10. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Momma gave me a REDA Gas Can she got from Chopper's Garage for Christmas. So now I am a lot less worried about finding gas when the light comes on.

    Chops Garage - Reda Gas Cans

    TQ