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What is the range of a C50?

I've gone as far as 175 miles on my 2009 C50 before fueling up. I've never run it dry so I really don't know what point I'm in the danger zone.

With touring season coming up, I'm curious to know that if I'm riding down and endless highway in a remote area and that last gas station I expected to top off at was boarded up (it happens/has happened) how many miles I might be able to wring out of a tank.

A follow up: My C50 is the first fuel-injected bike I've owned. Is there any special method with restarting if it runs dry...Or just gas 'n go?


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The range of a C-50 is classified information.

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If you got 175 out of the tank, you were on fumes. Most C50/Vol owners will fill up between 125 and 150 miles. I rarely pushed it past 160, just out of an abundance of caution.

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Another precaution. Because it is injected, the fuel pump NEEDS to remain submerged in fuel to stay cool. If you run the tank dry, you will damage the pump.

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When your fuel light comes on, you have roughly 1 Gal. of fuel. Start looking for a station , figure no more than 35 miles till you run out. That's my conservative figuring I use.
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Thanks for the help. Those were the answers I needed.

I always carry a bit of spare gas in a fuel bottle on long trips just in case, but I still wanted to get a handle on how many miles I might get from a tankfull.

I didn't even think to ask how many miles I might get when the light goes on. Good to know.

I think the fuel gauge gives more of a rough guess than an accurate measurement. I still use the trip odometer as a gauge since my last bike had no gauge at all...I'm still in the habit.

In practice, I usually start looking for gas stations around 120 miles...Sooner if I'm in a remote area.
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The range of a C-50 is classified information.

Sorry. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.volusiariders.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/IMG]
Not just the C50.
I've asked salespeople about the range of bikes I've been looking at and they look at me like I just asked them what type of apple does one need to jump start a fish.

I guess they don't get asked questions about range very often. 🙂
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I don't trust gauges on bikes. I always use tripmeter.
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I don't trust gauges on bikes. I always use tripmeter.
I don't trust the tripmeter either. I open the tank and use a cigarette lighter to see how much is in there.
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I don't trust the tripmeter either. I open the tank and use a cigarette lighter to see how much is in there.
You guys are so lame.

I don't use the gauge, nor the trip meter to figure how much fuel I have.
I just ask Siri.

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