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 Post subject: gas mileage on reserve
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:28 am 
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i just flipped the fuel switch to reserve and drove 5 more miles. i need to drive another 10miles to get home before i fill up. do you think i'll make it?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:39 am 
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check this thread http://rebel250.com/rebelforum/viewtopic.php?t=7218

you should...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:04 pm 
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well, if i do the math, i guess i should make it without any problems. 2.6 gallon tank. worst case i used 2.2g, which leaves .4gallons. i get around 70mpg so .4x70=28. i've already gone 5. so i ought to be able to go another 23miles. no sweat, right?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:06 pm 
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dang, I wouldn't have been able to do that without takin' off my shoes...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:07 pm 
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Yes, you will make it. Don't forget to flip the lever back after you fill up.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:19 pm 
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cagie wrote:
dang, I wouldn't have been able to do that without takin' off my shoes...


And probably your pants also. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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 Post subject: spillage
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:18 pm 
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so i made it home, with lots to spare. but when i stopped off at the gas station near my house i put in too much and the gas spilled out. i made sure to wipe everything down before i started it up (anything else i should do?). needless to say, i didn't blow up when i turned on the engine because i'm able to post this message. but i hate putting gas in the tank. is there an easy way so you don't have to worry about spillage all the time? (other than stop way before you need to) like a certain angle so there's no splashing, etc?

thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:26 pm 
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Pumping the gas as slow as you can make it come out will help, and don't go past the bottom of the filler neck. (the bottomless cylinder you see when you open the tank. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:50 pm 
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I also grab a handful of paper towels before starting the fillup. Use your off hand to hold them under the gas nozzle for the inevitable splashes and drips when you pull up the hose.

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 Post subject: Re: spillage
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:37 pm 
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minimonchito wrote:
but I hate putting gas in the tank. is there an easy way so you don't have to worry about spillage all the time? (other than stop way before you need to) like a certain angle so there's no splashing, etc?
thanks.

Next time you have the fuel cap off look in the tank toward the large widest area of the tank (not near the raised centerline). Place the fuel nozzle over in that area so the fuel is not hitting the centerline area and splashing back. Only press the handle about 1/8 of the way on.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:07 am 
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I love to fill up the tank to the rim, I pump it nice and easy. I let the gas sit for a few seconds and I can then keep pumping more. I only do this if I know I'll ride the bike for at least 10 more miles as gas will expand. So if you fill up when you go home, you'll probably find a fuel leak somewhere. Anyway, i'm getting over 80mpg easy.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:07 am 
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If you have a CA model rebel, overfilling can cause gas to flow into the charcoal canister which can cause venting problems.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:45 am 
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Good thing I don't smoke LOL


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:12 pm 
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rcoolbaugh wrote:
If you have a CA model rebel, overfilling can cause gas to flow into the charcoal canister which can cause venting problems.

Good point - been a number of posts by folks left stranded after overfilling the CA Rebels.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:57 am 
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I've yet to get stranded on the rebel and I've put over 2,000 miles on it. I top it off all the time... I do this in the morning though, before I ride my almost 100 miles for work, so it doesn't stay full long.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:36 am 
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I have been keeping a 5 gallon can in my garage and filling my bike before I go out. I haven't made any long trips yet - 50 miles was the most in one ride, I am a new rider, but I don't have to worry about filling the tank right now while I am focusing on other stuff - like getting used to the wind when it is about 40 degrees outside :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:20 pm 
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I gas up my three bikes and my wifes scooter at the same gas station. I found that some pumps really pump faster,. I found one that I can have some control over and pump very slowly. If I use one that pumps fast (has no control-you can't cut the flow down to a relative trickle) It's way too easy to overflow.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:56 pm 
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One thing I found out the hard way is that you should fill the tank from the left side of the bike. If you do it from the right side you'll risk burning your leg on the exhaust because you'll have to lean over further to get the gas nozzle into the tank with the bike on the kick-stand.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:55 pm 
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You know, when I took the MSF the instructors kept telling us how many things there were to know and coordinate in order to ride a bike. I had no idea at the time that this problem even stretched to filling up the tank. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:41 am 
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osminsd wrote:
Good thing I don't smoke LOL


Keep over filling your tank and you might find yourself smoking some day. :P

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