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    Distance until empty value after filling with fuel. (2011 RT)?

    OK,
    New to me bike. 2011 R1200RT
    I have been waiting until the light comes on to fill it with fuel.
    I notice that when I fill it with fuel, the distance until empty value does not immediately update.

    The number creeps up slowly for the next 5-10 minutes/miles until it eventually reads 260 or thereabouts.

    Is that normal? I would have expected it to immediately change while I am filling it, or certainly on the next restart.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
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    Westcoastkevin,

    I'm pretty sure this is normal. I have a 2013 RT (same generation as your 2011) and noticed that upon fill up, the fuel guage would stay where it was before I fueled. It would then creep up until it showed full. Similarly, the miles-to-empty would increment up until I had 260-270 miles. I believe the reason for this is that the miles-to-empty calculation is based on your average miles-per-gallon. This changes as you ride, so yes, the miles-to-empty will change also.

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    +1 it's normal.

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    My 2011 RT does about the same thing. The miles-to-empty takes a few minutes of riding after filling the tank to settle at about 320+/- miles to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmellzey View Post
    Westcoastkevin,

    I'm pretty sure this is normal. I have a 2013 RT (same generation as your 2011) and noticed that upon fill up, the fuel guage would stay where it was before I fueled. It would then creep up until it showed full. Similarly, the miles-to-empty would increment up until I had 260-270 miles. I believe the reason for this is that the miles-to-empty calculation is based on your average miles-per-gallon. This changes as you ride, so yes, the miles-to-empty will change also.

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    Same on my 2009 but my miles till empty after fill-up is normally around 305.
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    Thank you everybody. I will not give it another thought then.
    Kevin
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    Ah yes. "They all do that."
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    On my 2008 RT, I'd set the #2 odometer to zero at every fill-up. I'd figure I'd need to get fuel somewhere after 250 miles had elapsed. I thought the bike's determination was always pessimistic in terms of range.

    Of course, when you see the right kind of sign (this photo at the Utah/Nevada border), you might have to re-think:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    On my 2008 RT, I'd set the #2 odometer to zero at every fill-up. I'd figure I'd need to get fuel somewhere after 250 miles had elapsed. I thought the bike's determination was always pessimistic in terms of range.

    Of course, when you see the right kind of sign (this photo at the Utah/Nevada border), you might have to re-think:

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    And youíll see almost exactly that same sign on UT95 heading southeast from Hanksville, UT on the scenic byway past Bears Ears Natíl Monument, Frye Canyon, and Natural Bridges Natíl Monument. Lots of lonely roads in UT and NV, and when you add in places that are on the map but have NO services, like Warm Springs in NV, you really need to make sure your fuel management game is up to par.

    On both my BMWs with fuel gauges and remaining miles indicators the distance remaining indicator will rise during the first 15 miles or so after a fill-up and be fairly accurate from there on. Some of it may be due to a slightly sticky float assembly, part is certainly due to the fuel monitoring system recognizing a fresh fill and re-calculating based on present rate of consumption.

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    Where we live, south of Alpine, Texas it is 80 miles between the last fuel station in Alpine and the only fuel station in Study Butte. And going either direction there is NO SIGN. Our house is 26 miles north of Study Butte and 54 miles from the station in Alpine. We get occasional folks needing to use a phone since there is no cell coverage. I usually just give them gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Where we live, south of Alpine, Texas it is 80 miles between the last fuel station in Alpine and the only fuel station in Study Butte. And going either direction there is NO SIGN. Our house is 26 miles north of Study Butte and 54 miles from the station in Alpine. We get occasional folks needing to use a phone since there is no cell coverage. I usually just give them gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westcoastkevin View Post
    OK,
    New to me bike. 2011 R1200RT
    I have been waiting until the light comes on to fill it with fuel.
    I notice that when I fill it with fuel, the distance until empty value does not immediately update.

    The number creeps up slowly for the next 5-10 minutes/miles until it eventually reads 260 or thereabouts.

    Is that normal? I would have expected it to immediately change while I am filling it, or certainly on the next restart.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
    I have a 2010 RT and I ran out of gas immediately after the light came on. Fortunately I coasted off of the interstate into a gas station. It said I had over 40 miles to empty. Don't rely on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    And youíll see almost exactly that same sign on UT95 heading southeast from Hanksville, UT on the scenic byway past Bears Ears Natíl Monument, Frye Canyon, and Natural Bridges Natíl Monument. Lots of lonely roads in UT and NV, and when you add in places that are on the map but have NO services, like Warm Springs in NV, you really need to make sure your fuel management game is up to par.
    Stopped and fueled in Hanksville Friday afternoon... yeah, prior to and afterwards better have a tank full!
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    Well, that trip meter is probably more accurate than the fuel gauge.

    Most of the time your bike gets the same mpg.

    Reset a trip meter to zero every time you fill up and be conservative.

    Forget the fuel gauge.
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