Problems with the fuel gauge on Triumph Bikes
We have had several riders ask about problems arising with fuel gauges on their bikes, it would seem that the bars on the gauge don’t work or are slow in operating and sometimes unpredictable !! which is not good when riding long distances
I actually had the same problem after switching out a battery on my 2012 Tiger 800 XC and it had happened once before after the first service at Hap’s Cycles in Sarasota Florida.
There seems to be a problem with the ECU “Resetting” itself to calculate the readings for the gauge which is a two part (one traditional float & two computer fuel flow) system. First thing is if you notice or suspect a problem is top up the tank and set your trip recorder back to zero that way you know you have 200 plus miles to run. It also seems common that the Low Fuel warning light still works correctly !!
In my case and on both occasions patience was the cure, check the fuses first then take the bike for a ride, run the fuel down low and then fill the tank. You will hopefully see the gauge start to register after a few miles, if not select a low gear and run at some higher revs to get a bigger flow to register through the Fuel Management System.
If you try the above first, add some patience and hopefully all will be good and you will save yourself some money. Most of all be patient, use the trip recorder and carry a small can of gas with you on a longer run like an MSR camping fuel bottle that holds a quart or so.
Ride safe – Michael @ Tiger Tracks
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