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A reminder to occasionally ride your bike on "Reserve".

The petcock has a screen in side the tank, but it is just that - a screen.
Small particles can go thru the screen and settle in the "Reserve" hole.
They will eventually cement it shut.
 

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Just so everybody understands, you can turn on the reserve with a full tank, just remember to turn it back to the on position. The more you run with a low tank, the greater the odds of condensation in the tank. Condensation=rust.
 

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This is good to know...
However, I am no stranger to that portion of fuel level in the tank, as I cruise into it often...
As a matter of fact, I flipped to RES yesterday while running errands...(138 miles on the tripometer}That was enough reason to ride further than planned...
I hadn`t planned a trip to town, but since I was on RES, I figured I had a good enough excuse to go into town for fuel, and also had an excuse to take the LONG WAY home :D
I recently took pics of my in tank filter/screen but lost the program to download these pics into the computer...
I dunno IF they`re still on the card?
BUT that filter was NASTY with capitol letters!
My suggestion at this point is to check that in tank filter/screen...
Lets Ride,
Dennis
 

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Would you consider it running on reserve whenever the red fuel indicator is lit?
You've got a different set-up on your shadow. His bike has the petcock off the bottom of the tank and reserve in the same tank. Unlike yours with the separate reserve tank.
 

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Hi, I'm a new rider with my first bike. I've only had it 2 weeks. 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750DC. No good pictures yet.

I ran out of gas and got to a gas station on reserve.

Seems like the gas tank should've been empty. Owner's manual says it holds 3.43 gallons. However, when the pump said only 2.5 gallons, I accidentally overflowed it.

Why can't I put 3.4 gallons into the tank?


I've learned a lot reading posts here. Very helpful forum!
 

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Because your petcock has two different pick ups for fuel. In the on position, it will run down to approx. .9 gal. When you switch to reserve, you go to the lower pick up and start tapping that .9 gal. When you hit reserve, you'll only get about 2 1/2 gal in it.
 

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Bingo!!!

Because your petcock has two different pick ups for fuel. In the on position, it will run down to approx. .9 gal. When you switch to reserve, you go to the lower pick up and start tapping that .9 gal. When you hit reserve, you'll only get about 2 1/2 gal in it.
Yup, same as my 98 Bike => 98-03 Parts fit...

I can get 26-30 miles once I switch to RES...
On the norm, I get 45-50MPG - regularly...

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Hi, I'm a new rider with my first bike. I've only had it 2 weeks. 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit VT750DC. No good pictures yet.

I ran out of gas and got to a gas station on reserve.

Seems like the gas tank should've been empty. Owner's manual says it holds 3.43 gallons. However, when the pump said only 2.5 gallons, I accidentally overflowed it.

Why can't I put 3.4 gallons into the tank?


I've learned a lot reading posts here. Very helpful forum!
Just to state it another way - Your tank holds 2.5 (main) + .9 (reserve) = 3.4 total. You've only got one tank, but two outtake points as described above.

Welcome and enjoy your new bike.
 

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Just to state it another way - Your tank holds 2.5 (main) + .9 (reserve) = 3.4 total. You've only got one tank, but two outtake points as described above.

Welcome and enjoy your new bike.
Your post is helpful...now I finally understand it.

Thank you.
 

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Be sure to switch back to ON whenever you hafta use rES...
Don`t Ask!

Yeah I KNOW how far RES will run, before empty...
IF I`m not headed to the gas pump, immediately, I`ll turn my tripometer to 777 when I switch to RES, AND switch back to ON when I park...
This way I am reminded I`m outta gas...
Lets Ride
 

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I open the keyhole cover on the gas cap when I switch to reserve, so I get that visible reminder to get some gas!

CB
 
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