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Harley Is Always Running Out of Gas
2/24/2012

Great looking bike -- too bad about the tiny gas tank and faulty gas gauge.
Great looking bike -- too bad about the tiny gas tank and faulty gas gauge.

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Range Anxiety
TOP   3/22/2012 9:46:35 PM
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You can buy a Brammo that comes with the same range anxiety, but no sound for about half the price. I guess baseball cards on the electric bikes spokes wouldn't make up for the extra $13,000 in purchase price.

Seriously, if the bike really isn't that old you might be able to return it as a lemon and get your money back.

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Fuel gage failures on the new Harley
William K.   3/2/2012 9:40:28 PM
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I would NEVER let somebody else work on my bike! That reduces labor costs, plus doing it oneself assures that I will take adequate care to get the fix right. Here is an idea, how about a clear fuel line sight tube running up the tank? No moving parts and therefore nothing to fail, plus being cheap. The down side is needing to stop on a level spot to read it. One other option is to build a system that records injector open time. Since the injection pressure is constant, I think, then the fuel consumed is directly related to the time the injectors are open. So just simply record the injector open time and scale that to gallons used. The only down side is needing to remember to reset it every time that you fill up the tank. 

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
David12345   3/2/2012 8:23:46 AM
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Harleys still have gravity feed and fuel reserve petcocks with carburated models. I believe that is true of all carburated Harley models.

For the fuel injected models, they do not have a petcock with a fuel reserve.  I guess they would need to develop a new "selector valve" to have a reserve, but not have a shut-off in the inlet to the fuel pump. I am presuming that shutting off the inlet to the fuel pump creates problems with both the fuel pump and collapsing or splitting the inlet tube/hose.  The V-rod does not have a tap-off fitting in the bottom of the fuel cell, so it would require some creative approach . . . perhaps switching between two different level inlet locations with a rod and knob at the top of the fuel pump assembly. 

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
jmiller   3/1/2012 11:22:31 PM
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I do wonder why on small engines like this they do not have a reserve engine as a standard feature.  Kind of one of those requirements to be in the marketplace.  Unfortunate.  But true.

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
David12345   3/1/2012 8:48:37 AM
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To Mydesign,

Yes, without a reserve, the motorcycle has "a mechanism to point out the fuel level" designed in.  Unfortunately, it just doesn't work reliably as designed.

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
David12345   3/1/2012 8:45:22 AM
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jmiller,

I suppose it looks particularly uncool as a city dude carrying gasoline back to your dry diesel tractor!  LOL.

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
Mydesign   3/1/2012 2:27:57 AM
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David, you might be true in certain cases. In certain cases, spare parts cost more and compatibility is a major issue. The absence for reserving gas is a design flaw and in such case there should be some mechanism to point out the fuel level.

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
jmiller   2/29/2012 8:16:02 PM
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Trust me it looks just as unmanly to be carrying a gas can across the field to a tractor without gas.  I think it might be a little joke all the rednecks say about the cityboys, "You might be a city boy if: you've ever walked 1/4 mile back to the house to get a can of gas for your tractor.

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Re: Fuel Gauge not Working
David12345   2/28/2012 11:30:04 AM
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jmiller,

Now you've gotten to the root of the problem.  You're right, it doesn't look cool with a one-gallon tank of gas strapped on the back.  LOL. 

It may not be safe, but the real issue is the cool factor.  Ya spend all that money on a Harley to look cool . . . and bam you're either a sap pedestrian or carrying a nerdy gas can.   :-)

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Re: Wolves in Tennessee
jmiller   2/27/2012 8:33:24 PM
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I agree it's unacceptable and the worst part is you don't look cool with a one gallon tank of gas stapped to the back.  From my 4 wheeling days I learned to be way to reliant on the back-up gas tanks.  Now that i'm out on a little farmette I have had to make way to many trips back from wherever the tractor runs out of gas with my head held down in shame because I forget to check the gas

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