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Thread: 2019 XR Fuel Capacity and Range

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    2019 XR Fuel Capacity and Range

    I have read in all kinds of places and reviews that the fuel capacity is either listed as 5.2 US Gallons, or 20 litres.
    Now, it's been my experience over 3000 miles that when the fuel light comes on the range usually reports 35-42 miles, and the most the tank will take is 4.2 gallons. That leads me to believe the reserve is 1 US Gallon. Also, I'm not that brave so I've only ridden for another 18 miles and the range was correlating at 17 miles, the fuel bars had vanished but it still only took 4.5 US gallons.
    Here's the point of the post - how much have y'all managed to squeeze in the tank, or how far do you ride it past the fuel light coming on?
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    I go by my trip meter, not the onboard computer data. Running back from Ca. one night, the bike starting counting down to miles left on tank. It was another 25 miles to the nearest station. When I pulled in, the bike took 4.5 gallons [ which meant I still had 3/4 gallons left ], while the computer told me I'd been out of gas for 25 miles.

    I've since determined on my bike, when the light comes on, I've got that 1 gallon reserve.
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    Be proactive

    On all my beemers I have put a half-gal of gas behind me and run the bike until it was truly out of gas.

    This way I knew how far in a pinch I could go if really necessary. My '16 XR is good for 200+miles and even when I am out per the display I still have 15mi to go.

    I am sitting on overall mpg of 41 at 12K miles.
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    '16 K1600 GT 61k miles; '16 S1000 XR - 12k miles;
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    Fuel Capacity & Range

    While I do not have a 2020 BMW S1000XR, my 2019 BMW R1250GS low fuel indicator light is set conservatively. I have ridden the motorcycle to the point where I was at 10 miles of range left but could only squeeze about 4.4 gallons into my 5.2 gallon tank. I suspect that all motor vehicle manufacturers set this device somewhat cautiously to ensure a rider is almost never stranded if they react to what the bike is telling them.


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