I had a problem with my 02. The reserve NEVER worked. I have since sold it but I was just curious if anybody else had this problem. I ran outta gas a couple of times but luckily I was hauling balls down the freeway and was able to coast to the station.
The resevre can sometimes take a bit of cranking to get to work. Turn the resreve on, wait for a bit, crank her good. Don't crank for too long. Wait a bit to give the starter motor some time to cool off. Try again.
It does that for me. The reserve doesn't come on instantly for me, but it does after a bit.
Got 2000 6R. Same thing. Reserve takes a bit to kick in. One time I ran out of gas on the freeway, right in the tunnel entrance. Couldn’t find the knob on the go, so I had to pull over on the shoulder (about 3 feed wide at that point) and crank the engine while cars went by at like 80 mph. Did not like that at all. [xx(]
Next time check if you have gas. My friend's R6 has a low fuel light, I think it works a bit better than reserve system. Don't CA models come with that?
Well, first of all, the reserve knob can only fit on one way. The fuel pickup doesn't actually move, there are two seperate fuel pickup tubes and turning the knob switches between them. No, the California model doesn't have a low fuel light (wish it did). And lastly, it is a good idea to get familiar with the reserve knob and practice turning it while riding, this avoids embarassing & dangerous freeway shoulder experiences. I find that while cruising along, if I reach behind my left knee, that is right where the fuel knob is, but I have long legs, so it may vary for other riders.
the knob itself can only fit one way on the fuel petcock. BUT if the knob is removed and the little nub that holds the knob in place is moved around, you can probably be riding in the reserve setting all the time and be thinking the knob is turned on the "on" position.
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