Originally Posted by EXTREMEG
Originally Posted by SHADOW 1100T
Take your Gallons and divide them into the miles, do this ten times to get a average and don't figure in the reserve then you'll know for sure and won't be guessing.
should the reserve be set to off for riding?
On the VLX, the fuel selector knob has three settings: ON / OFF / RES
When OFF is facing up, there is no fuel flowing through the petcock, and the engine will not start or run.
You can run an entire tank through the petcock when in the reserve (RES) setting. Since the VLX only has a 2.9 gallon tank including the .9 gallon reserve, you need to know your average fuel mileage for your typical riding environments. Interstate speeds will reduce your mileage significantly compared to the lower speeds often found on the back roads.
For example, if you average 60 MPG, you can expect to travel no more than 174 miles (2.9*60) on a full tank of fuel. Of course that's in ideal conditions not real life. Way too many variations in actual riding conditions to plan on that distance. The most I ever got on ours was 168 miles from full tank to stranded-on-the-side-of-the-road-bone-dry.
Here's an easy way to plan fuel stops with the VLX: (Caution, it involves public math!!!)
1. Fill the tank and place the petcock switch to ON.
2. Zero out the odometer.
3. Ride your heart out!
4. When the engine starts to sputter, usually between 100 - 120 miles, switch to RES and note the odometer reading.
5. Divide the current odometer reading in half in your head.
6. Add your result to the current odometer reading, minus about 10 miles for cushion.
7. Get more fuel before that time!
This will help you figure out the max you can expect if nothing changes in your riding style and conditions. Obviously, start looking for a fuel stop when your comfort level dictates. On our VLX, about 2 1/2 hours buzzing along in the saddle was about the max we could stand anyway.