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I just purchased a 2001 VL800 with only 2200 miles on it. After yesterday, I figure I'll double that in about a month. Anyway, it seems the LED fuel guage might not be working. When I turn the bike on and the display initializes, I see bars from E to F. Once the display comes up however, all I have is a blinking bar under the E. I'm currently using the trip odometer to estimate my use/fuel remaining, which is a practice I've pretty much always followed (since I once found myself miles from anything resembling gasoline and the reserve on my Yamaha couldn't get me to a station), but it would be somewhat less alarming if, when I glanced at the gauges, it didn't always look like I has to gas up. Anybody know if there's some trick to this thing (didn't get an owner's manual) or have any thoughts on whether it's a sensor (perhaps the sensee?) or something else?
 

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:welcomes: I'm sure someone here has a solution for you, but not me. My bike has just an idiot light. :mrgreen: I think your guess of the sensor is correct, since the dispaly works at start up. Might price one at the dealer, just for shock value! :roll: Any how, wlecome look around and enjoy! :biker:
 

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My bike has the digital fuel guage, but I don't know if it's the same one as you have. When the tank is full, I have five bars from E to F. As I ride, the bars disappear one by one, until there is only one left. Then it starts blinking along with the "tank" symbol. When I'm almost empty, the last bar disappears, and the E blinks with the "tank" symbol.

If all you see is one bar blinking, then you either need to add gas (duh), or if the tank is full, then you probably have a sensor problem. Your friendly neighborhood Suzuki dealer will be able to help.
 

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Since I know there's fuel...

Must be the sensor. Thanks. I'll check to see what that puppy costs. Just wanted to know if anybody else had a similar problem and perhaps solved it inexpensively by smacking the tank or applying some other type of 'shade tree' knowledge (I have a hammer I use to whack hard drives when they quit - running a 97.2% success rate recovery rate - and it's really a decent size hammer).
 

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AFAIK, it's a mechanical floater, so you may be able to test it if you can hook it with a wire and pull it up or down, and see if that changes the readout on your display...? Just don't spend too much time with your nose on the tank trying to find the floater, and don't smoke while you've got the tank open ... (again, duh!)
 

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I commute 40 miles a day on my Vol. Niiiiice. All I know is that when the light starts to blink, get to the gas station ASAP. I only get about 20 miles if I'm easy on the throttle once the light starts blinking. Good luck with the new bike!
 

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Welcome to the site and congrats on getting a great bike....

On the VL800 there is a white connector under the tank. Remove the seats (3 allen head bolts), and the one bolt that holds the tank down. Then lift the back end of the tank and look under it. (from the left/kickstand side) There is a white connector (2 wire I think) I'd bet that is not connected.
 

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Thanks folks, it is (was) the wire

Funny about that - all the wires are supposed to be connected to something. Appreciate the assistance.
 

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Welcome to the site and congrats on getting a great bike....

On the VL800 there is a white connector under the tank. Remove the seats (3 allen head bolts), and the one bolt that holds the tank down. Then lift the back end of the tank and look under it. (from the left/kickstand side) There is a white connector (2 wire I think) I'd bet that is not connected.
Thanks folks, it is (was) the wire

Funny about that - all the wires are supposed to be connected to something. Appreciate the assistance.
Hey hello everybody, it was an Old post but it was very usefull. I recently had the same issue. It was solved to your answer, the problem was the white connector below the tank. It was unplugged. Thanks a lot! My motorcycle is a VL800 2003
 
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