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Old June 17th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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Smile New 2014 Hyperstrada & Question on Low Fuel Light

Have been on this forum for quite some time now as an interested party but not an owner. I changed that on Saturday, June 6th, when I picked up my new 2014 Hyperstrada from Winchester Ducati in Winchester, VA (also known as Duc Pond Motorsports).

I haven't had a chance to put that many miles on it yet (close to 300) but I'm enjoying getting familiar with the bike. Installed a Puig windscreen last Saturday and have an X Creen Windshield extension from Twisted Throttle arriving this week to see if I can further improve wind management. Also have an SC Project low mount oval exhaust (this is not the short racing SC exhaust, but a longer low mount in carbon fiber with a carbon fiber end cap) that I'll have installed when I return to Duc Pond for the 600 mile service.

Only have one concern so far. The Low Fuel light is coming on after only about 65 miles from the last fill up. It seems like it should be more like 120 - 150 miles before that light comes on, especially with most of the riding being at 55 - 70 mph. The manual says the tank is 4.0 gallons with the last gallon being in reserve. So I'm thinking I should be using 3 gallons before the low fuel light illuminates. I suppose their could be a problem with the fuel sensor. Anyone else have that experience, and if so, what was the cause?

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Old June 17th, 2015, 09:47 PM   #2
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I've noticed my low fuel light comes on near the 200 km mark since last fill @ 120 km/hr (120 mile @ 75 mph) steady speed highway riding, however if I stop for fuel immediately after seeing the light I'm only able to fit about 9 litres (~2.4 U.S. Gal) of fuel into the tank..

So the way I look at it, mine seems to like to come on somewhere just past 1/2 tank left. lol.

If I know I'm travelling longer distances between fuel stations I keep track of fuel quantity by resetting my trip computer, if all goes well I should see the low fuel light at 200, however I've learnt that I don't really start looking for fuel till the 250-275 mark. Note, my bike never leaves Sport mode with DTC & ABS set to 1.

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Old June 18th, 2015, 03:51 AM   #3
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To be honest, I am useless with trip meters and just fill up all the time..... I really have no clue what mileage I get. Typically, I will top off before the light even comes on.. a fuel gauge would be really nice!

Mine is a 13' that I bought new from Duc Pond in '14. I'm in Charlottesville. Last week we looked at a house in Earlysville, which is a village just next door, so we could be moving to E'ville "... ;-)
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Old June 18th, 2015, 03:56 AM   #4
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you definitely need to have the sensor checked. 125 miles is about when mine comes on, and then I can only put less than 3 gallons in. I suspect either the sensor comes on waaaay too soon or the tank doesn't really hold 4.2 gallons as advertised.. it is my only real frustration with the bike.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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I'd like to hear other people's experience and solutions to not having a fuel gage on their hyper.

My experience, After you see the fuel light, you'll probably have at least another 30-50 miles of fuel although you will not know for sure.

Example, From St. Louis to Minneapolis I ran out of gas four times.

first: 175 miles (coasted off the highway, through the grass, into the gas station)
second: 166 miles (pushed up off ramp in downtown Minni and there was a gas station)
third: 155 miles (pushed a mile or so, someone stopped and gave me some gas)
fourth: 125 miles (coasted off the highway, through the grass, into the gas station)

I've ran out and filled up 3.8 gallons. 4.1-3.8 = .3 gallons below fuel pump?

I bought a MSR 30 oz fuel bottle with plastic tube holder. I keep it under the bungee net on the tail rack on top of the luggage dry sack.

Filling it without spilling it is a challenge. probably watch the fuel pump and trust the gage on it and stop at .23 gallons.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 10:52 AM   #6
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Lots of fuel threads on here and I recommend reading them. The Avg MPG display has a 6-8% bias ("20.0" ~ 19 mpg); it's gets way too optimistic at hwy settings.

1. If you're long hauling at highway speed with relatively constant throttle setting, you can easily get 175-200 miles/tank. I wouldn't chance above 130 miles if you ride like a total hooligan in congested areas.

2. When fueling and you reach the filler neck level, gently rock the big between your legs and burp the air out of the tank. Keep doing over and over. It takes a while but probably fit another .5 gal in by doing this.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 11:15 AM   #7
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Lots of fuel threads on here and I recommend reading them. The Avg MPG display has a 6-8% bias ("20.0" ~ 19 mpg); it's gets way too optimistic at hwy settings.

1. If you're long hauling at highway speed with relatively constant throttle setting, you can easily get 175-200 miles/tank. I wouldn't chance above 130 miles if you ride like a total hooligan in congested areas.

2. When fueling and you reach the filler neck level, gently rock the big between your legs and burp the air out of the tank. Keep doing over and over. It takes a while but probably fit another .5 gal in by doing this.
I have gotten to 130 before the light comes on but that's it....of course that was with the saddlebags and running highway with some stoplights, not freeway.

number 2 though - i was told that the 'burping' was actually just fuel going into the evap cannister....has anyone confirmed or busted this myth?
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Old June 18th, 2015, 11:20 AM   #8
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My bike if I fuel it holding it level, then filling to the neck will pour fuel on the ground out the Evap/vent hose.

If I fuel it on its side stand, and fill to the neck, I might vent a little fuel.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 11:25 AM   #9
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number 2 though - i was told that the 'burping' was actually just fuel going into the evap cannister....has anyone confirmed or busted this myth?
I don't have an Evap can...so, no.

I burp mine and fill to top of filler neck. Never drains.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 11:48 AM   #10
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thanks! i've been afraid to fill my evap cannister with gas....will get around to removing it one day.
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