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  • Offline Desmo Dronic   scotland

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    Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    on: July 20, 2021, 12:50:32 pm
    July 20, 2021, 12:50:32 pm
    Hi folks,
    I filled up yesterday with 10 miles remaining and the fuel display down to the last segment and flashing red. The best I could squeeze into the tank was 17.5 litres with the fuel up to the rim of the filler recess as specified in the manual.
    Assuming that the 10 miles range accounted for about 1x litre, this gives a total tank capacity of 18.5l vs. Ducati's claimed 20l.

    How does this compare with other 950 owner's experiences ? Has anyone had to "brim" a tank from bone dry ?

    DD


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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 11:11:59 pm
    July 21, 2021, 11:11:59 pm
    Unless you have a significant dent in your tank, you can trust that Ducati's claim of a 20L tank means that the tank holds an absolute minimum of 20L. If could only get 17.5 liters in, then there was at least two and a half liters (25+miles) still in there. Its a weights and measures thing so they have to be conservative. Same with the distance remaining. If it says you have 10 miles left, that means you need have enough fuel to be able to do ten miles uphill, first gear, full throttle into a gale! The fact that you could probably do a lot more if you were reasonable careful is besides the point - they can't know how you are going to ride the next ten miles so they have to be conservative.

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #2 on: July 29, 2021, 07:50:32 pm
    July 29, 2021, 07:50:32 pm
    Nine days on from my original post and I've only had one reply.
    I still don't know how much fuel you folks have managed to squeeze into a MTS 950 tank.

    Is there anyone who has managed more than my 17.5 litres ?
    Let's hear your experiences.

    DD
    Last Edit: July 29, 2021, 07:53:20 pm by Desmo Dronic

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #3 on: August 11, 2021, 10:55:32 pm
    August 11, 2021, 10:55:32 pm
    I've never measured +/- scientifically the capacity of the tank, but I've rode about 7 miles after the computer said I had zero range, red light blinking, etc.

    Wouldn't do it again though.

    I've created the habit of not passing 180 miles since the last refill, regardless of what the fuel gauge and range are telling me. With Ducati's crappy fuel gauge that goes bad from one day to the other, better safe than sorry....

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #4 on: August 13, 2021, 07:55:45 am
    August 13, 2021, 07:55:45 am
    Whenever I fill up, regardless if I brim it after the click, or stop at the click, the range immediately afterwards is 223 miles. Doesnít matter how or where Iíve been riding. Always 223 miles. I donít think the range calculation/fuel measuring technology is all that advanced!

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #5 on: August 14, 2021, 05:58:28 am
    August 14, 2021, 05:58:28 am
    I once drove 20 miles PAST zero, in desperation and filled the bike with 4.8 gal US.  total mileage on that tank was 246 miles. 

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #6 on: August 14, 2021, 03:23:34 pm
    August 14, 2021, 03:23:34 pm
    For the benefit of forum readers on the European side of the pond, 4.8 US gallons equates to 18.17 litres.
    Perhaps I can ask an additional question: "Has anyone travelled further than motorman's 20 miles, (32.2km), PAST zero ?"

    Is there a couple of extra litres left in the tank once zero range is reached that Ducati aren't admitting to ?

    DD
    Last Edit: August 14, 2021, 03:26:05 pm by Desmo Dronic

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #7 on: August 15, 2021, 04:22:52 pm
    August 15, 2021, 04:22:52 pm
    The fuel gauge is not Japanese exact.  Tank holds 20 liters (about 5 gal US). I average ABOUT 50 mpg.  I do not ride by the fuel gauge.  Instead I look at my average mpg for that tank, and then divide it into the miles on that particular tank to calc how much fuel I have remaining.

    Example:  46.8 mpg. 144 mi on the tank. Therefore, I've used about 3 gal., meaning I have about 2 gal left or 90 mi till empty.  to be conservative I probably have about 75 mi left, just in case I didn't fill it the full 5 gal. 

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #8 on: August 15, 2021, 07:06:40 pm
    August 15, 2021, 07:06:40 pm
    *Originally Posted by motorman [+]
    The fuel gauge is not Japanese exact.  Tank holds 20 liters (about 5 gal US). I average ABOUT 50 mpg.  I do not ride by the fuel gauge.  Instead I look at my average mpg for that tank, and then divide it into the miles on that particular tank to calc how much fuel I have remaining.

    Example:  46.8 mpg. 144 mi on the tank. Therefore, I've used about 3 gal., meaning I have about 2 gal left or 90 mi till empty.  to be conservative I probably have about 75 mi left, just in case I didn't fill it the full 5 gal.

    Too much maths for my pea sized brain  :745:

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    Re: Fuel tank capacity (in the real world)
    Reply #9 on: August 16, 2021, 01:34:39 am
    August 16, 2021, 01:34:39 am
    *Originally Posted by BabyD [+]
    Too much maths for my pea sized brain  :745:

    I'm sitting hear reading this in the comfort of my home and I'm having to really think about what he's doing. I can only imagine at speed  :008:

    For me, I just have an idea of how many miles I can get on a tank with an aggressive riding style and I then know that if I'm nearing that mileage I'm about outta gas. Easy peasy.

     



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