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I ran out of gas after 190 miles and pushed it to a station. But I found plenty of gas still in the tank and apparently there is not a reserve switch. Is this normal or do I have a fuel line problem?
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assuming 3 gallons, 60 miles per gallon = 180 miles

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NO reserve on either Burgman. Fuel gage is way better than reserve, IMO.

I've run both my 400 and 650 over 200 miles on a tank. I mean a LITTLE over .... like 205ish.

Didn't want to push it more than that, or "push it" at all.

When I filled up I still has "some" fuel. Maybe a quart, 1/4 to 1/3 of a gallon?? IDK?

3.7 gallon capacity on the 400 and 4 gallons on the 650 ... I think. I may be corrected on those amounts by others here.

At any rate, unless I do significant Interstate miles I can squeeze 200 out of a tank.

If I know I'm gonna do a long run or ride in very rural areas where I don't know where gas is .... I put bike on center stand ... fill up .... wiggle the bike and add more gas until I get the filler neck completely full. YMMV

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But why does the engine stop when there is still plenty gas in the tank?
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Dunno. Could be fuel pump issue?? But, that's just a guess. I have no experience with this myself.

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I ran out of gas after 190 miles and pushed it to a station. But I found plenty of gas still in the tank and apparently there is not a reserve switch. Is this normal or do I have a fuel line problem?
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Just spit ball'n, no real knowlege on it, but in vehicles with a fuel pump inside the tank the gas is used to keep the pump cool, & as a lubricant.
Might be Suzuki set it up to make sure there was always some in there for the pump.

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3.7 gallon capacity on the 400 and 4 gallons on the 650 ... I think. I may be corrected on those amounts by others here.
Per my '08 Owners Manual - the 400 has a 3.6 gallon capacity, including reserve (???). (Thanks for making me check, I mis-remembered the capacity as 3.4)

Never riding under the 'Dirty Harry' rule - "do you feel lucky? Punk!" - I always fill up before 170 miles.

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for 200 - 2.8 gallon x 60mpg(??) = 168 miles
for 400 - 3.6 gallon x 60mpg(ish) = 216 miles. just 20 miles over the 190
for 650 - 4.0 gallon x 45mpg(ish) = 180 miles.

It could be that there might be something in your tank that is blocking fuel flow. Does your bike have a fuel filter? If the bike is old, have you run something like SeaFoam through the fuel tank to help clean out gunk and tarnish?

You say that you found plenty of gas in the tank. what does that mean? How many gallons did it take to fill it back up? Seems to me, 190 miles is near the limit of a 400.

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The result of my testing is that I can put exactly 3.6 gallons into a B400's fuel tank when it runs out of gas and rolls to a stop. I did not look to see if there was any fuel left in the tank, but I am confident that I've got 3.6 gallons of useful capacity. If there was still gas in there, it doesn't really matter since I can't use it, anyway.

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