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Hi, Just a quick question. I have run out of fuel for the second time and had to switch to the back-up tank. I just want to know if this effects my bike when this happens.

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Turning the fuel tap to the reserve position has no ill effect. You can use the tap as a low fuel warning just as you have.

Return the fuel tap to the on position when you fuel. Also, consider resetting the trip meter at that time.
 

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If I had a nickle for everytime I ran out of gas I'd be rich! Never hurt my bike. Hurts my pride standing around for 10 minutes waiting for the floats to fill back up.

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The gas tank is designed with the very intentions of the operator using the full contents of the main tank, ,and switching to reserve serves as the indicator that its time to refill the tank.

Running the main tank dry is what is supposed to occur. Not running it out and switching to the reserve leaves the possibility of water building up in the bottom of the tank. Switching to reserve pulls fuel from the bottom and keeps water build up to a minimum.

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I agree, except with the new bike, fuel injected, it WILL be harder on the bike to run it dry... just like with cages...

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There's not actually 2 seperate tanks are there?
From some of the other bikes I've seen it was one tank, but the fuel intake on main was higher up, so when the gas level got to it, the engine sputters, so you move the switch to reserve, which starts taking gas from the bottom of the tank?


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Originally posted by CdnNinjaZX6R

There's not actually 2 seperate tanks are there?
From some of the other bikes I've seen it was one tank, but the fuel intake on main was higher up, so when the gas level got to it, the engine sputters, so you move the switch to reserve, which starts taking gas from the bottom of the tank?
Exactly, there is only one tank, the on/off switch has, I think, two pickup tubes that extend into the tank, the shorter of the two is your reserve! Pretty bad I can't remember exactly, just had my tank apart 2 months ago.[:I]

 

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So lets say that you run out of gas on your main then you switch to reserve and 5 min later you go into the gas station to fill up. When you fill up will your reserve get filled than your main tank?

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I run out of gas all the time ;)

I never used to but I have been riding my girls 250 and it gets such great gas milage I forget the zx6r gets half of what the 250 gets and I always run out at the same spot.

But your bike should tell you "I NEED MORE GAS" it starts to sputter and is not as responsive to the throttle.

Learn how to switch to reserve while riding the bike. Just dont forget to switch it back as soon as you fill up.

I also carry around a hose (10 feet) 1/2 thick. I saw a motorcyce out of gas one day and hooked him up with a gallon. =)
 

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a007sniper - there is only one tank. Just remember to switch back to normal (from reserve) when you fill up otherwise you'll be pushing it next time you start spluttering!

As a rule of thumb, you should get about 120miles before you need to switch on reserve. Use the trip meter and reset it very time you fill up. You'll soon get into the habit.

Safe riding

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Yea 007, it't only one tank, think of it like this...

you got a glass of milk or something and you got 2 straws, one short, one long.
You drink with the short one till you cant get at the milk at the bottom, so you switch to the long straw.

The bike's tank is like that but upside down :)

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Another question for you all, when do you turn the cap to off? Do you turn it to off even if you park for 5 minutes? Or is the off for times when the bike is turned off for a long time?

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I turn it too off when it's parked for long periods of time, like more then a couple hours.

On my old gixxer if you left the fuel on for more then an hour when not riding you would flood the carbs.

With the modern bikes it should not be a problem unless there are a lot of presure changes, ie) you park the bike when its cold out, then it gets really hot. The increase in pressure in the tank could force gas into the carbs, but it's unlikely.

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I never trun mine off unless I know I won't be riding for more than a week. Anything less doesn't seem to trouble the bike.

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