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post #1 of 26 Old 05-12-2017, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Just picked up my 2017 ZX6R non abs, and I'm looking for a little indicator on the instrument cluster telling me if the dealer filled the tank upon delivery.... looking.... looking.... it doesn't exist. only that it will blink "FUEL" once the level reaches 0.9Gal of gas.... wow. a 12,000 bike and it cant tell you how much gas you really got left?

whats everyone else's opinion here? I'm kinda floored and annoyed. I assumed it had one as every other vehicle I've operated for the last 21 years I've been driving, has had a fuel gauge.
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It works perfectly. It lets you know when it needs to be refilled.
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To be honest mate all the fuel gauges on bikes ive owned have been crap anyway.

On the zx6 fuel light blinks that means about 25 miles left. Or reset your trip meter so you know how many miles you got
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Id actually like a fuel guage on my bike. Sometimes I ride about 40 miles and Id like to know if I have enough gas before I get on the freeway.
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I ride 35 miles one way to work, I can make it all the way if it just turned on when leaving but if it comes on before I make it to work I fill up before I head home. It's been completely accurate for me. But I would also like a gauge but I'll take my sweet ride how I can get it lol.
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You can just fill it up, reset the trip, and ride it till the light comes on to see approx. how much range you'll get on a tank Then reset the trip each time you fill up. You'll get a little bit of fluctuation but not enough to really worry about as you still have a low fuel light. Works for me.
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I have had bikes with fuel gauges, ones with nothing other than a reserve tap on the spigot. Using the trip odometer is adequate.

The shape of the actual tank probably increases the difficulty of accurately measuring the level. That very large air box consumes most of the volume within the skin.... fuel can fill any shape remaining, but the level may not change in uniform way as it is consumed. The volume the fuel occupies would look similar to the shape of an open faced helmet. Half the height probably does not equal half the fuel.....
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You didn't know that before you got it??

Actually most fuel gages on bikes are not that accurate and most sport bikes don't have them anyway. This is not just a zx6r thing, it's pretty common. Out of the 6 bikes I've owned so far, only 2 have had a fuel gage I believe (the R3 and CBR500).
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Just picked up my 2017 ZX6R non abs, and I'm looking for a little indicator on the instrument cluster telling me if the dealer filled the tank upon delivery.... looking.... looking.... it doesn't exist. only that it will blink "FUEL" once the level reaches 0.9Gal of gas.... wow. a 12,000 bike and it cant tell you how much gas you really got left?

whats everyone else's opinion here? I'm kinda floored and annoyed. I assumed it had one as every other vehicle I've operated for the last 21 years I've been driving, has had a fuel gauge.
A few things it does have, that nothing you have owned prior to this has..... a HP to weigh ratio that allows acceleration better than very nearly every car on the planet. Stopping power that will let you bring it to a halt almost as fast as any car, once you learn how. And it'll get about 40 MPG doing that. MPG goes down pretty quickly from there, if you can hold it WFO for more than a few seconds at a time. The fuel capacity is not aimed at touring--- the goal was to have just enough to make it through a race so the whole bike could be as light as possible.

In stock trim, with a moderate right wrist, you can see as much as 150 US miles before that low fuel light comes on. You're likely to want to take a break before that point anyway, the seating takes a while to get adjusted to.

Since you seem surprised at the feature set, I am going to presume that you aren't all that familiar with motorcycles. As I am 55 and have ridden off and on since I was 12; please allow me to suggest that there are a significant number of specific skills that any rider should possess, which are counterintuitive to car drivers. I have personally learned this the hard way, on a number of occasions..... the least painful way to correct that ignorance is to attend formal training and learn how to make effective use of the tool you have purchased.

Even with that formal education, spending as much as you can afford on the most effective riding apparel you will honestly make use of is the second most important thing you can do. Physics has a nasty way of reminding us of our presumptions. If you have been driving for 21 years, I can presume you are approaching 40 years of age (+/- 3).

It may come as an unpleasant surprise, your vision is either already starting to shift, or is about to. Your reactions are also going to be a bit slower than they were recently. Endurance is also going to take a hit. the rate at which you heal from an injury is going to slow in a drastic way in your immediate future.

All the more reason to educate yourself as much as possible, so you can enjoy this endeavor to the greatest extent you can. The MSF had a saying some years ago, which I still adhere to -- 'The more you know, the better it gets'.

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You have 2 odometer-trip modes, use one for fuel. Every time you full your tank reset the ODOMETER and after couple of times you will know approximately the consumption for your drive style.
3 year i am doing this. One odometer is for fuel and the another for chain lub.
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One of the best middleweight sportbikes on the planet and your only comment is that you are annoyed at lack of a fuel gauge? Take it back to the dealer and buy a cruiser/sport tourer. They will have a fuel gauge and it sounds like it would be better suited to your style of riding.
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I have a '99 G2 model. It's not super flashy with all the modern electronic gubbins. No traction control, ABS or anti-wheelie. Those are all controlled by my right hand, and I've learned to make it very effective over the last 20+ years on road and track.

As it's of a certain vintage, it also lacks a fuel sensor in the tank. It's all controlled by a mechanical spigot and taking notice of the trip meter. The only time I've run out of fuel? When whatever idiot (other than the idiot typing this) last worked on it put the marker for On/Reserve on the wrong way.

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Bro you didn't do any research before buying the bike?

Fuel gauge don't really matter like others have said.

For me gear indicator is the most important and the zx6 has it.
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The most undervalued gauge display is the ECO indicator. Main reason I bought my bike. Without it, it just wouldn't be the same.

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Just picked up my 2017 ZX6R non abs, and I'm looking for a little indicator on the instrument cluster telling me if the dealer filled the tank upon delivery.... looking.... looking.... it doesn't exist. only that it will blink "FUEL" once the level reaches 0.9Gal of gas.... wow. a 12,000 bike and it cant tell you how much gas you really got left?

whats everyone else's opinion here? I'm kinda floored and annoyed. I assumed it had one as every other vehicle I've operated for the last 21 years I've been driving, has had a fuel gauge.
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