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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any ideas if its possible to put a later model gas tank with a fuel gauge on an older model c50? I figured that there may be a wiring problem from the sending unit to the dash. Ideas anyone?
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That's. Good question and I'm curious to hear the Answer. I just bought a 2005 c50 and it's disappointing to not have any kind of gauge. Does anyone know how much gas is left in the tank once the fuel light comes on? And even further how many miles to the gallon does a c50 get with Vance & Hines straight **** pipes? I've only out 10 miles on my bike so far.
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Speedster, you have 1 gallon left when the light starts flashing and .4 gallons when the light goes solid.
I just watch my trip meter. I normally get 120-140 miles before my light starts flashing. I usually fill up on the way home so next trip I just inspect and go!
Longest trip I've been is 80 miles so I just gassed up when we got there so I wouldn't be looking for a station. We didn't pass many on the initial leg.
From the guys I ride with with later models with fuel gauges they say they aren't all that accurate but that's an opinion.
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Was reading a little more last night and it seems most people average around 48-50mpg but in some cases people will pull 60mpg on extended trips. Thats better than I thought it would be. My BIL's VTX1800 gets around 35mpg so even though the VTX holds more gas the effective ranges are similar.
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the sweet spot for mpg, imho, is @ 50mph
when you hit over 60 it drops alot
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A 2005 C50 does not have a fuel gauge on the bike. It lacks the necessary wiring in the harness to add one from a later year when Suzuki decided to add the fuel gauge back on the bike. Additionally, you cannot use a previous model (Volusia) gas tank, as there is no provision for the electronics, fuel pump, etc inside the tank, as well as the tank being a different shape all together and not fitting the C50 frame. You're essentially stuck with what you have. The good news is, you can reset your trip odometer at every fill-up and when you get to 130-150 miles, you know you need to stop for gas. My C50 got an average of 48 mpg, with a low of 35 (extended run on the interstate at 80 mph) and a high of 53 (riding the BRP from Galax Va to Boone, Nc).

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Thanks Skrap, that's what I figured but wanted to ask anyway.
I start looking for a gas station @ 120 miles just in case it's a ways to the next one.

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What Skrap said. It's not worth it anyway. I had an M50 with a fuel gauge at one time and they're horribly unreliable. It's a series of bars like a cell signal and if I remember right there were 5 bars, so when you got to one bar you had, maybe, 20% left on the tank. To top that off the bars would go up and down depending on how I leaned the bike. The tripometer is far more reliable.

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...with a low of 35 (extended run on the interstate at 80 mph)...).
Well damn, our highways are all 80 here, so you have to do at least that speed or you'll get run over, and everything is far, so an afternoon jaunt is usually 150-250 miles. And I averaged 38-42mpg with all my useless, noisy, money-wasting mods.
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At 120, my light comes on. At 160, I start sputtering. I normally fill up as soon as my light comes on.
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