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My dummy low fuel light is not working and rather than trying to troubleshoot it or buying a sending unit I'm thinking about a good ol reserve petcock instead. You know exactly how much fuel you have left when you have a physical reserve position and idiots like m who like to run on fumes need all the help they can get.:shock:I looked at parts list at bike bandit and theysay the petcocksfor the 1200's are discontinued but the 1100's are still carried. Would a 1100 petcock fit a 1200?
 

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I don't know much about the 1200, but if it doesn't have reserve, then itprobably doesn't have a second fuel pick up inside the tank. For reserve to work there has to be two fuel intakes in the tank - one high and one low.
 

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One way you can be sure not to run out of fuel is to determine, on average, how many miles you can travel once you fill up. After you have that information, everytime you fill up, setyour trip meter and then be sure to fill up before you reach the milege you know you will run out of fuel. I had a Kawasaki that did not have areserve tank or a low fuel light and this is what I did. I knew that at 106 miles I was getting closeto run out, I always filled up at between 85 miles and 95 miles, reset the trip and drove another 85 to 95 miles. Peter
 

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I thought when you removed the petcock the pickup tubes came out with it. The did in the other bikes I've taken them out of. I do reset my trip every fill up but when your MPG ranges from 38-46 that leaves about a 50 mile spread.
 

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Far as I know the 1200s didn't have a reserve valve.
 

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I thought when you removed the petcock the pickup tubes came out with it. The did in the other bikes I've taken them out of. I do reset my trip every fill up but when your MPG ranges from 38-46 that leaves about a 50 mile spread.
That's only if the petcock is installed from the bottom, like on standard bikes with standard tanks. On my GL1000 (the 1200 may be similar) the petcock is installed on the side. When removing the petcock there are two holes. Those holes correspond to two metal tubes that are permanently built into the tank... one is for reserve and one is for the normal feed. Of course I could be way off base with this, as I'm using my experience with the GL1000. Your GL1200 might be different.
 
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