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Hi all,
I am taking delivery tomorrow of a lightly used 2006 Vulcan 1500 classic. One reason I like this bike is the bigger (5 gallon) tank for longer rides. I am coming from a carburated bike with a reserve. I believe since this bike is FI there is no reserve, but instead a low fuel indicator. So... my questions are these:

1. On open road driving what kind of range are you getting on a full tank?

2. At what level of tank does the low fuel light come on?

Thanks a bunch for any feedback.

Flanman
 

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If you haven't made the usual mileage destroying mods, you should get 40+. My relatively stock (just pipes) 1600 has averaged 45.972 mpg over 21000 miles this year. I have seen 55+ on several occasions and as low 39 when running a non-std map (big mistake!). Day-to-day I see 45+-. My 1600 holds 5.3 gallons and I rarely get a fuel low light at less than 200 miles. Average is about 210. Yesterday 212.3 and she took 4.768 gallons, 44.53 mpg. My best is 256 miles and it caughed just as I pulled into the station.
I recommend you carefully document how far you go before the light comes on and then ride it until it quits. No, it will not hurt your bike! You can get a 1 litre camping fuel bottle at most sporting goods stores. Run it down to the light, note your miles and then ride it till it quits. Add the litre and go fill e'r up. That will give you the correct picture of how much the tank really holds. This is very important information if you intend to get out on the road frequently. I know mine will go right at 30 miles after the light comes on.

Also, fill your tank about half way up the filler neck. After mine hits the bottom of the cup, I can safely add another 0.6 gallon. That is significant out on the road. Enjoy the ride!
 

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The only way to find out for sure is to ride her and see! Plan on 40 and just watch for the light from 160 on. I just got my 650R which is FI and I'm used to riding my Vulcan and flipping to reserve. No need on the 650, but it feels funny to have that light staring at you. :)
 

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On my 1500Fi Drifter I get 44-45 with moderate driving.........low fuel light comes on at 135-145miles.....I can safely go 160 and still have 0.8gallon left.
 

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'05 Classic, 210 miles is the furthest I've pushed and put 4.4 in after easy (65-70)riding on back highways. Light comes on about 160 and I usually put in about 3.5 - 3.8 depending on what kind of driving I've been doing.
 

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'05 Classic, 210 miles is the furthest I've pushed and put 4.4 in after easy (65-70)riding on back highways. Light comes on about 160 and I usually put in about 3.5 - 3.8 depending on what kind of driving I've been doing.

Ditto, I have an '07
 

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I have an '06 1500 Classic with pipes being the only modification. I still get a little better than 45. Low fuel light usually comes on around 160 and I have went up to 192 before refueling. But with no reserve, that low fuel just bugs me enough to want to go ahead and fill 'er up...

Charles
 

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We're getting 35-37 on our '07 1500. I'm hoping it improves once the engine is fully broken in, as we only have about 1600 miles on it at this point.
 

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We're getting 35-37 on our '07 1500. I'm hoping it improves once the engine is fully broken in, as we only have about 1600 miles on it at this point.
I have 2300 miles on my '07 and that's about what I'm getting....well, maybe more like 37-40. I'm hoping I can get mid-40's out of it after a couple thousand more miles go by. I don't know, we'll see.
 

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This is from my June/05 Road Trip on my
'01 1500 Classic FI with no modifications
other than Bub Big Willys. It's a CA-spec
motorcycle.

I didn't include the mileage for each stop,
but did add the grand total. If you'd like
to see more info about the trip itself:
NorCal Ride of June 19-23, 2005: Page 1 of 4

$/Gal Location (Gallons)
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$0.00 Boise, ID (0.0)
$2.46 Jordan Valley, OR (1.93)
$2.76 Pleasant Hill, NV (3.93)
$2.76 Lovelock, NV (2.58)
$2.56 Reno, NV (2.68)
$2.76 Downieville, CA (1.94)
$2.67 Colusa, CA (2.67)
$2.86 Mendocino, CA (3.7)
$2.77 Fortuna, CA (2.91)
$2.82 Willow Creek, CA (1.57)
$2.82 Yreka, CA (3.1)
$2.62 Klamath Falls, OR (1.6)
$2.64 Lakeview, OR (1.98)
$2.66 Hines, OR (3.36)
$2.46 Boise, ID (3.91)
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1,768mi/37.86 gallons = 46.7mpg average
 

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I get around 40 mpg on average, which is almost totally highway riding, and the light comes on between 150-160 miles on the odo. I've never ran it past 170 miles, though.
 
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