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Has anyone run out of gas on their Rebel?
It had been raining here off and on for two weeks so I had not ridden the bike for a while. On Tuesday it was a nice sunny day and I had to get to San Clemente by 8am, about 20 miles. I had forgotten how low the bike was on gas, only the “E” bar was showing. Should I get some gas and be late or go for it. I went for it. Made it too 😊 The “E” bar was flashing. After the meeting I filled up at a gas station on the next block and all was well.
My question is… What happens to the bike when you do run out of gas? Is there anything past the “E” bar? Is there a hidden “reserve” that gets used somehow? Does the bike sputter? (this is my first fuel injected bike). Once you fill the take with gas will the bike start right up?
 

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The blinking "E" bar is technically the last bar. So when you're full this bar is not shown.
If you run out after that, "You're done...son!"

I enjoy just starting it up in the morning rolling it to the end of the driveway and just ride, no need for any warming up...obviously be reasonable when riding it after a cold start.
 

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The gas gauge is there to be used so you don't run out.
Just like if you run out in a car, it will take awhile for the gas to get to the engine and get up to pressure.
Continued cranking should do it.
 

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You have an electric fuel pump for the EFI (electronic fuel injection). There's a check valve in line so fuel in the lines won't drain back into the tank (hard to do with the tank above the engine anyways) when fuel supply is good and the engine is shut off. If you do run the fuel system dry, add fuel and then activate the starter. It may take a few more seconds for the system to prime but once fuel reaches the injectors, you're good to go.

Mary Pozzi
 

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Just don't crank the ignition once you run out of fuel and it will likely be fine. Fuel cools the injectors as it passes through so cranking the ignition without fuel can overheat the injectors.

I ran out of fuel in my Silverwing (fuel injected) and I knew it was out so I did not crank it to make sure. I got a ride to a gas station and back, put a half gallon into the tank and it fired back up with the first press. I love fuel injected engines.

There's still quite a bit of fuel in the bike when the E bar starts flashing, based on the total capacity and the amount I can put in when it starts flashing, about .9 gal.
 

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I am sure I could get 200mls from a tankful. But in the UK you have to grab fuel when you can and I have not tested it that far. I can never get as much fuel into the tank as I expect with either of my bikes. So I suspect the flashing 'E' takes you quite some way.
 
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