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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-03-2016, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Tank Capacity...

Hey all!

Just wondering what you's have to say about this, but the 959's tank capacity is listed as 4.5 gallons (17 l) but everytime I go to fill up, she caps at around 2.5 gallons (9.5 l) has anyone else been experiencing something like this? Or is it just me...?

Haven't tried running her completely dry, and filling from there, as most my fills are when the fuel indicator light comes on.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-03-2016, 01:55 PM
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The remainder of fuel from when the fuel light comes on is in the lines and still in the tank - about 5 litres still in the tank

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The remainder of fuel from when the fuel light comes on is in the lines and still in the tank - about 5 litres still in the tank
Also, I've noticed that often the fuel indicator will come on for a few miles then go off for awhile then come on again, etc. I'm assuming it's because of different angle, etc that the reading changes. As Dingo said, you have quite a bit of fuel when the light comes on. If I remember, it's roughly 1.3 gallons. So, you can still go quite a few miles/kilos without risk of running out.

That being said, I fill up often when it's convenient and haven't ridden more than 15 miles after the light has come on.

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I fill up as soon as the light comes on, had to push the bike once and learned my lesson
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I fill up as soon as the light comes on...
I do that too - head straight for fuel at the first sign of the light.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-04-2016, 01:53 PM
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The most I've filled is 11L and I was around 180km on the tank.

The reserve is big... something about riding a bike with the tank empty light on. All I can think about is gas gas gas....
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 11:27 AM
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i have ran the milage to about 23.4 miles one time because I was on my way to work. you have a good amount still left over once that light comes on.
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I wish Ducati could offer a firmware update to change "mileage traveled on reserve" and instead replace it with "Range" (distance to empty).
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I wish Ducati could offer a firmware update to change "mileage traveled on reserve" and instead replace it with "Range" (distance to empty).
I thoroughly second this.
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I wish Ducati could offer a firmware update to change "mileage traveled on reserve" and instead replace it with "Range" (distance to empty).
I agree. At first I was thinking that it would reasonably depend on the mode/style/gears/slope (anything that affects mpg), but these calculations are already accounted for when "avg. con" is calculated. So, all they'd have to do is:

Trigger = Low Fuel light on
(avg. con miles * (1.3 gallons/liters)) - (no. of miles travelled since low fuel light on) = Miles/Km remaining

However, i am thinking that this approach could be faulty since some folks (including myself) have seen the low fuel light come on and go off.

So a re-engineered fuel gauge might be the best option because my assumption right now is that the fuel gauge is only a small sensor located at certain point in the fuel tank, when that sensor is not engaged (submerged in fuel) it is triggering the low fuel light.

Therefore a sensor that accounts for every 10% loss/gain may be of more customer value. Ofcourse a concern for Ducati would be weight and price, but certainly a value add for all of us.

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