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So bought my 2009 848 on Aug 22nd from New port Beach duati...
Zero issues (thank god) till the day of 600 mile service...

Took the bike in for 600mi service on Sept 12th around 9:30am. Bike had
610 miles on it, no service light, looks like it turns on around 620 (1000km).
No problem, Adrian, the service manager said they'll service it and just bring
it back when the service light turns on and they'll turn it off.

Had them install the 14t front sprocket and in-frame sliders, instalation cost
was $52.50 each. No problem.

Cost of the 600mi service for $194 (Paid by Ducati).

2 hours later, bike was done, so I decided to go ride around till I hit 620
miles so they can just reset the service light today...Started the bike, didn't
warm it, temp read 107f. Pulled up to a stop light and bike died. GREAT...
Never happen before...Started the bike and went for a 15 mile ride, at
around 624 the service msg came up, so went back to the dealer and told
him about the bike dying while at the stop light. Adrian said could be
because it was cold and if it happens again let him know...about 15 mins
later headed home...134 mile on a full tank so far, 10mins away from home,
doing about 86 mph in the left lane heading down 15 south, bike dies, well
the engine, lights & inst. panel are on...try to start it, engine is cranking but
no joy...pull over, call Adrian he says to pull the key out and wait 30 secs and
try again...nothing...batt reads 12.6v-12.8v...Called Ducati roadside service
at 1:59pm...they said 30mins. In mean time one guy on a blue kawa 6r
(I think) stops and pulls over. We talked for 15 mins and then another guy
on a Red 848 stops and pull over...talk to him for 10 mins...I get a call from
the Towing service, they wanted to confirm my location, said 15mins...So
both guys leave I am still waiting...The towing truck shows up at 3:09pm...
He said Ducati approved up to $200 in towing, I asked him if we can towing
to Newport dealer...This seems to be an issue for some reason...Then I said
before we do any thing, I said lets put some gas in the bike. After few tries
the bike fires up...WTF ??? No Gas light, and when I shake the bike I could
hear gas, this is before we put in more gas...and only 134 miles??? I've
been keeping track, I've been getting 40-42MPG...and that day it was all
Highway miles...

So now I have to take the bike in next Saturday to see why the Gas light is
not working...Another day at the dealer...
 

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Doesn't the 848 have around a 3.5-4 gallon fuel tank? So you ended up getting 38mpg and ran out of gas long story short?
 

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no, 4.1 gal...

No Fuel light ?
 

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I've been reading that no fuel light is a decently common problem.

I'll have to remember being sure to get the service light on before going into my dealership for my 600...
 

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yeah, you should never trust the low fuel light on any Duc.

I always gas up no later than 120 miles no matter what. keep in mind you might get 40-42 MPG on average, but driving conditions and how you drive will always vary, so it always makes sense to gas up earlier to leave yourself a margin of safety/error.
 

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Yeah, I've gotten into the habit of using my trip odometer as my fuel gauge. It's nice the low fuel light is there but I don't depend exclusively on it. I also use the 120 mile rule. I use this on my 04 ZX-10R and will use this on my 848.
 

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120 mile rule it is then...

I'll just start keeping an eye on that...Still going in this sat to have the fuel
light issue fixed...on a $15k new bike, come on duc...
 

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I've never relied on the gas light on any bike I've ridden, Duc or not...

It's very inconsistent on just about every bike out there. Rely on the odo always, never on the gas light. Just a good ole rule of thumb for riding. :cool:
 

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How much gas does it really hold?

Fuel capacity is specified to be 4.1 gallons.
Everytime I fill up my 848 with the fuel light on -- it only takes about 2.9 gallons. Where is the other 1.2 gallons? Reserve + fuel in lines etc. cannot be that much:confused:

After I once ran out of gas on my monster S2R and was suprised to find that it did not take near the amount advertised as its fuel capacity to refill it. I have been a diligent trip meter user since.
 

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Fuel capacity is specified to be 4.1 gallons.
Everytime I fill up my 848 with the fuel light on -- it only takes about 2.9 gallons. Where is the other 1.2 gallons? Reserve + fuel in lines etc. cannot be that much:confused:

After I once ran out of gas on my monster S2R and was suprised to find that it did not take near the amount advertised as its fuel capacity to refill it. I have been a diligent trip meter user since.
My 848 is exactly the same. If I run it till the light comes on, usually around 90-100 miles, then go another 15-20 miles and fill it up, I can only get 2.9-3 gallons in it. I'd rather stop more often then run out though. I wish there was a more accurate way to gauge the remaining fuel.
 

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I just read a page of excuses of why Ducati can't produce a reliable fuel metering system !!! Damn the science behind it !!! They never were reliable and never will be reliable/working. Chalk this one up to "character" lol ... and in any event it will make u better at math ;)

Migrane
 

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WOW 120 miles to a tank... I wish I could get that out of my 999.
That thing runs out of gas at 110.
My light usually comes on at about 90 ish miles.
Which makes me wonder about my fuel capacity.
Hmmmm
 

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WOW 120 miles to a tank... I wish I could get that out of my 999.
That thing runs out of gas at 110.
My light usually comes on at about 90 ish miles.
Which makes me wonder about my fuel capacity.
Hmmmm
I hear you. My S4R is the same. I don't think I have ever gotten more than 110 out of a tank.
 

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I have never run out of gas on my st4s and I run it maybe 20 miles after the light comes on
 

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You never mentioned if the fuel count up came on. When the fuel light comes on so does an indicator # that starts counting the miles in tenths since the light came on. Just curious if just the fuel light was not on or both. Did you even know about the counter? Its a nice option I think. Your right about not seeming to be able to put enough fuel in it if its almost empty
 

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No Light and No Counter...

Going in to Newport Ducati this sat...

Funny, dealer said not to have too much gas in the tank when I get
there...Its 48 miles from my house, so I put in 2 gals...I hope I make
it...
 

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Float probably just got stuck...simple mechanical thing, and having the dealer perform any sort of work on it is not going to correct your issue. It's just going to be the same finicky part going in that's coming out. I've always gotten around 115-120 miles on my 848 before the fuel light comes on, and after the light comes on I have gone up to around another 15 more miles. I too never see the 4 gal capacity of the tank, and wonder if the tank is actually smaller than ducati claims. Either way I don't care, I try to fill up every 100 miles
 
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