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    So this last fall I bought a '02 VTX 1800C. I have some plans to go on some long rids this summer but I'm concerned about the fuel economy of the bike. I haven't figured out yet if my tank has a reserve valve on it or not. is 120 miles normal to about 3.6 gallons of gas at interstate speeds? and what else would you recommend I take into consideration for a long multi-day ride. I want to go from the Minnesota Twin Cities to Yellowstone.

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    2002 and 2003 has the fuel pump INSIDE of gas tank... plus the tank is smaller then newer ones... you are missing about 1 gallon.

    most get 35 to 40 mpg... some way less.

    No reserve valve.. just a Low Fuel Light... it turns on at 1 gallon remaining. . plus or minus point 2...

    refuel every 100 to 120 miles,,,, 150 is MAX.

    you purchased a LARGE hot-rod... it eats lots...

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    Like Silver F says, fuel up every 150 miles max. Your fuel mileage sounds reasonable. For long rides, stay hydrated, take breaks, wear sunscreen, and always pack rain gear. What other questions do you have about a road trip?

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    Chuck, can the gas tank be switched out for a larger capacity one. 2002 1800 C

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    120 miles on my 2003 1800s is my normal target between stops.
    It does mean that when riding in the middle of nowhere I need to do some 'fuel stop' planning, which is usually not a problem.
    Yes, a gallon more would be wonderful but I need to stretch my legs every two hours anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henkvdb View Post
    120 miles on my 2003 1800s is my normal target between stops.
    It does mean that when riding in the middle of nowhere I need to do some 'fuel stop' planning, which is usually not a problem.
    Yes, a gallon more would be wonderful but I need to stretch my legs every two hours anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiramsaint View Post
    TWSS!
    Saw that coming from the next state and across the appalachians......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justpics View Post
    Chuck, can the gas tank be switched out for a larger capacity one. 2002 1800 C
    yes, but not so easy..
    must have newer tank.. from same Model.. aka "C" or "N" no mixing
    then added high and low pressure fuel lines... and wiring . and pump with mounting brackets.
    I have no idea of area behind transmission is empty for pump. so stuff might need to be moved.. for newer pump.

    I know someone on One of the VTX boards did do it. a couple of years ago.. search might bring it up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver F View Post
    yes, but not so easy..
    must have newer tank.. from same Model.. aka "C" or "N" no mixing
    then added high and low pressure fuel lines... and wiring . and pump with mounting brackets.
    I have no idea of area behind transmission is empty for pump. so stuff might need to be moved.. for newer pump.

    I know someone on One of the VTX boards did do it. a couple of years ago.. search might bring it up...
    The overflow reservoir for the coolant is living where the fuel pump needs to go. Newer models have the coolant overflow on the left of the bike between the jugs.

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    Sounds like your range and mileage is about normal. Get used to it. If your light isn't coming on around 120-125, check to see if it's even working. You've figured that 3.6-3.8 is about 120 mi. thats when the light should be coming on. More tension on the right wrist affects mileage.

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