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Old 02-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #1156
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I don`t think the size of the tank or whether it has a gauge matters much-it`s the dummy with his hands on the handlebars.I ride a Yamaha Tenere with a 6 gallon tank plus a guage witha mileage countdown,I ran dry less than 2 miles from home.HEAD SLAP.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:29 PM   #1157
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I dont think anyone would have complained about a little more capacity, however one of the design criteria is that the rider be able to see the two outside cylinders while sitting on the bike. This was important to the designer (probably more than it would be to potential owners, but not our call ). This determined the width. The front of the seat and back of the steering stem determine the length, the top of the motor borders the bottom, so the only place to get any additional capacity is in height. Make it too tall and it loses perspective. Personally Id have rather had it a little wider, but I can live with it..or I will live with it.
I hadn't thought about why the width was designed as it was, but that makes sense.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #1158
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I was looking on Honda's powersport site, and saw that the Shadow RS 750, has a 2.6 gallon tank. Wonder if owners on a Shadow forum are at this minute complaining about that tiny tank on their bikes? Maybe so, maybe not. Probably not...

The Harley XR1200 I had got 43mpg and had a 3.5 gallon tank. Found that was sufficient amount of fuel, because riding a naked bike sans windshield for a hundred miles was plenty, before a wind blast respite was needed. tomp dd50
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:30 PM   #1159
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I was looking on Honda's powersport site, and saw that the Shadow RS 750, has a 2.6 gallon tank. Wonder if owners on a Shadow forum are at this minute complaining about that tiny tank on their bikes? Maybe so, maybe not. Probably not...

The Harley XR1200 I had got 43mpg and had a 3.5 gallon tank. Found that was sufficient amount of fuel, because riding a naked bike sans windshield for a hundred miles was plenty, before a wind blast respite was needed. tomp dd50
Really? I found the windblast on my FZ1 to be much more fatigueing than the clean air flow on my naked GS.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:52 PM   #1160
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Really? I found the windblast on my FZ1 to be much more fatiguing than the clean air flow on my naked GS.
Yep double bubbles and small stock screens are bad for turbulence. The worst I've ever had was a 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050. Nothing helped it... I guess I'm just getting older, and holding myself up against the wind pressure on the chest and neck area gets tough after a while...tp
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #1161
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I use a cut down shield on my FZ1 and my ST 1300. I generally like my head in clear air, but like to keep it off my chest. A small clear silhouette spitfire windshield should be plenty in the spring and fall, and totally naked in the summer on the CB 1100.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #1162
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Where yat in NOLA? I am in Metairie.
I live in the northwest... The location is more in regards to my free time then my physical location.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #1163
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exactly - it makes my penis look bigger.
I thought i was the only one who rode like that...
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:11 AM   #1164
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Tried a windshield on my DR yesterday, had the exact same result as when I tried on on my 919; seemed to dump the air in one spot rather than spread it out, and helmet noise was much louder... I'll be staying nekkid,
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:49 AM   #1165
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Yep double bubbles and small stock screens are bad for turbulence. The worst I've ever had was a 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050. Nothing helped it... I guess I'm just getting older, and holding myself up against the wind pressure on the chest and neck area gets tough after a while...tp
I thought I was the only one who thought that.
Of course my abs of steel aren't what they used to be either
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:03 AM   #1166
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People love to bash Honda for making such bland bikes, for making bikes with no soul, for not keeping up with the times, for continuing to put out bikes that are way past what most would think of as a sensible product life, and so on. Funny how many hits, comments, and enthusiasm there is for a bike that should epitomize Honda's booring reputation.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #1167
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Unfortunately that means you have to stop at each one of the stations you come to if you have a 140 mile range. I suspect what people are thinking but haven't quite articulated is that it's nice to be able to pass a gas station out west without stopping. Each time I have ridden out west I have done so on a bike with 200+ mile range, and each time I have found myself in a situation where I was a little nervous about where the next station may be. It's easy enough to plan around it, but it takes effort. If you are the type of rider who tends to drift, as many ADV types are, then it can be a bit of a nuisance to ride for an hour and a half then have to start worrying about fuel.
true dat! and sometimes the gas isn't where it was supposed to be. I was running low in Iowa a couple years back, planned to get gas at the next exit - but the exit was closed. The next two exits were also closed. I made it to a pump, though. On the way back thru Wyoming, three little towns in a row where the only place to buy gas was either out of business or closed by the time I got there. I made it to a pump, just as the proprieter was shutting down for the day.

But you can plan for these things. To me a small gas tank is not really a problem for travel. Just carry a couple gallons of extra gas, just in case. Where it would be a problem is having to fill up the bike every time I rode it. In any case, it's not a deal breaker.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:37 AM   #1168
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Just a comment - this thread is one of the most civilized discussions on ADV.

Perhaps what they say is true: You meet the nicest people on a Honda
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:19 PM   #1169
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Perhaps what they say is true: You meet the nicest people on a Honda
LOL! Very good. Perhaps you are right.

Besides, what's to fight about? Maybe it's because we're a bit older, on average, and with nothing to proove.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #1170
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A little like my 1800 VTX..no fuel gauge..none . Now people said at the time "all you have to do is watch the mileage or just pop the cap off and look"...and they are right.
But it is still stupid when that could have been so easily fixed from the jump.
Cant wait to see the beast in person.
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I've actually had two bikes with gas gauges, both were Kawasakis. An 84 ZN700 (a "tariff buster") and an 82 Spectre 750. The gas gauges on both bikes were 100% worthless. They would show me as "empty" when I still had 1.5 gallons left.

I think the problem with gas gauges on a tank that small (both were around 4 gallons) is that the gas sloshes and moves around so much as to render the gas gauge useless.

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75 cb 500T
92 TDM....

Bikes come with gas gauges and big tanks?

Never in my life have I run out of gas on a bike, and that includes on some pretty long trips in remote places. Being prepared and situational awareness goes a long way.
Same here. Been riding 30 years, never ran out of gas on a bike (now in a car, that's a different story...) I do it the way I've always done it: Set the trip meter to zero, figure out how far you go before hitting reserve, and then commit that to memory.

As to the issue of having to stop at every gas station, given the style of bikes I ride, that's not an issue. It can take me 3 hours to go 150 miles if I'm in the twisties, and you better believe I'm ready to get off and stretch my legs after riding that long!
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