1190 fuel gauge software glitch

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  1. BarCoastal

    BarCoastal n00b

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    since my gauge sending unit was replaced i have had no issues at all..
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  2. DirtyFun

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    Brand new 2016 1190 R and fuel read full after 150 miles or so. It goes in for it's first service this week so just another in the same boat. Seems they only fix if needed.
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  3. PaveMint

    PaveMint precious bodily fluids

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    BMW had a similar issue with inaccurate gauges on some of the R (notably the R12R) bikes, which used a fuel strip. Their eventual solution was to remove the fuel gauge on the instrument cluster. Problem solved.
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  4. gkaan

    gkaan Bikes on the Brain

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    My 2016 1190r fuel gauge is stuck after 1300 miles. No problem as due the excessive heat coming from under the seat and the fact that my rear tire is already completely shot ill be riding my other bikes for a while anyway. :(
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  5. PaveMint

    PaveMint precious bodily fluids

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    HAHA, my float just died. Told the shop manager, he just laughed and ordered another one. He said it would probably fix itself a few times before sticking permanently.
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  6. Barekat

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  7. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    After a little over 10,000mi my fuel guage is stuck on full with 2 weeks before my 3 week Alaska trip.

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  8. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Just did the old slap and tickle of the gas tank that others recommended and it unfroze the float.
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  9. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    yep mine sucks too , pulled it out looks like a long alluminium tube . drilled a hole in the white plastic body work to fit in a piece of dowel down to the bottom of tank to measure the fuel ...works great . not really but it would work better. dunno what was wrong with the 990 type...worked great.
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  10. PaveMint

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    It may just stick again. Tried it with mine, and now it sticks every other fill up. According to my dealer, once a float gets stuck and unstuck a few times it will at some point freeze up permanently.

    I think I'll try coconut oil.
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  11. beeney

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    I wonder if anyone has noticed what difference the fuel you use makes to the guage.I filled up with cheap supermarket fuel after its service and it immediately made the mpg much worse dropping from an easy 53mpg to 47.its taken 5 tankfuls of branded fuel to get back to the 53mpg again,and since the cheap fuel has had such an effect on mpg,i wonder if its the reason why the new fuel guage stopped working when i filled up with it.after 5 tanks of branded fuel,the fuel guage worked for about 2 mins,dropping to 1/2 full when i turned ignition on after refill,going back to full and sadly still stuck there after 100 miles,and the range doesnt change.think ill try some fuel additive to see if that helps
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  12. PaveMint

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    It's a mechanical issue in the way the float is designed, from what I understand. But now I wonder if it's the materials or supplier? Seems to be affecting 2015 and later bikes. (could be wrong about that).

    Whatever the cause, it's a minor irritation. I still have an odometer. Trip 1 for fuel, trip 2 for chain maintenance (reminder).
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  13. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    You're right. I filled up again 2 days ago and it's been stuck on full. The bike goes into the dealer Saturday to get it replaced/fixed under warranty.
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  14. Malthound

    Malthound Whiskey + Amazon = Bike toys

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    Ok, Just weighing in here with my own experience. 2016 Adv S, purchased in November 2016, Just turned it over to 1k miles today, on its way to first service this week, and the fuel gauge sticks on full after a fill up and stays there until the tank is almost empty. Total crap, and inexcusable performance for a bike of this price, frankly, especially since it seems to be a known issue. Anyway, rant over.

    On another (related??) note, since people are also talking about the possibility of a software issue: Not that I rely on this sort of thing, but when I fill up, even after resetting my trip meter, the computer seems to have no issue telling me I'm getting about 45 mpg, and I presume that it is aware that I have a 6.1 gallon tank, and simple math tells me that should be 275 miles to a tank at the most. Why then, does it show that I have a range of 380 miles? It's done this since I've owned it.
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  15. KTM 1190advR

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    As others have commented: it's showing miles but giving kilometres to empty, not miles. Software glitch...
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  16. Malthound

    Malthound Whiskey + Amazon = Bike toys

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    Ah, that makes sense...I guess when I read the earlier comments I assumed they meant it was actually displaying "Kilometers" as a label.
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  17. sati8d

    sati8d REALLY?

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    Also - the fuel guage fix is so simple - it's been written up quite a bit here. Simply pull the unit, pop off the bottom, slide out the float, sand down the top, which is squared off to a nice round shape, reinsert, and see if it sticks. May take a little more sanding - once you get it to not stick at the top of the guage/tube - you're done, pop the bottom plastic back in, reassemble - fixed - never have a problem again.

    Smooth throttles and fantastic fun wheelies!
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  18. Malthound

    Malthound Whiskey + Amazon = Bike toys

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    Since I'm in my first 1k miles, I'll see what the dealer wants to do. If they want to play around with several solutions causing return trips, I'll definitely pursue this. Otherwise, I'll probably opt for the factory fix. We'll see what happens...
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  19. Kool-aid Woo

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    Taking mine in for the same issue right before the warranty expires.
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  20. vicster

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    Bought my 1190 last November and the fuel gauge starting sticking with the second tank. The dealer replaced the gauge during the first service in January and it's worked fine the last 1000 miles. I'm thinking they may have finally got it sorted.
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