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Yes. You could do it with a smaller, turbocharged engine with either less idle speed response or a ton of wastegsting up top and turbos have a difficult time spanning pass car 600-6000 rpm speed range, much less 600-9k or 14 krpm. And it would be more expensive. And it would probably get better fuel economy (which hardly any riders care about) and would reject a lot of heat, and, and, and. Yes, optimization decisions for different markets. They could put a tiny, 2-stage turbocharged diesel engine in the FJR and get the same performance and probably easily 200 mpg. And they don't.

Different.

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I believe the words you're searching for are, "more advanced" and "more modern" and "up-to-date".
 

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I always used to run my klr empty and switch to reserve while riding.
My 01 bandit had a mechanical fuel switch. I ran that bike until it stumbled and them switch to reserve on the fly.

I once switched to reserve on a track day at 145mph just before the braking zone into turn 1 a PIR.
 

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My 01 bandit had a mechanical fuel switch. I ran that bike until it stumbled and them switch to reserve on the fly.

I once switched to reserve on a track day at 145mph just before the braking zone into turn 1 a PIR.
Same here. A couple of times it started sputtering while I was sitting at a light with my clutch in in low gear trying to turn left. That was inconvenient. :serious:
 

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Always kept the race bike on "reserve". Warning that I've got 1 gal of fuel remaining when I'm on the track is of no use but could end poorly. Good on you for managing that!

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Always kept the race bike on "reserve". Warning that I've got 1 gal of fuel remaining when I'm on the track is of no use but could end poorly. Good on you for managing that!

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I got my first bike with a gas gauge in 1984. My bikes with reserve have stayed on Reserve since. My ZRX has a reserve petcock, and it's been on reserve for 21 years. ;) After getting stuck at lights a couple of times I always anticipated anyway and switched it to reserve when the odometer told me it was about time.
 

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Always kept the race bike on "reserve". Warning that I've got 1 gal of fuel remaining when I'm on the track is of no use but could end poorly. Good on you for managing that!

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It was the end of my second or third track day. Its great if you can pace yourself and skip a session at some point because most riders get tired and pack up before the last two sessions. The you can ride with 3 or 4 instructors and get some huge input from several quality people.

One of the instructors asked me. "What was all the business in the braking zone for turn 1"?

I said kind of flippantly. "I ran out of gas and was switching to reserve".

He rolled his eyes, turned and left. The other two stared at me for a second and then just continued with some tips.

That was the day I discovered my Bandit which usually got 35 to 40 mpg in mixed riding was getting about 16 at the track.
 

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Yeah. Took my ZG1000 Concours to a Concours Owners Group track day one time and was amazed at hitting reserve at like 125 miles when I could usually get 260 or more on the street. (Huge 7+ gal tank on that beast!)

In the endurance stuff though we're normally going on gals/hr and just trying to not run out of fuel on the far side of the track in the middle of the stinking 6 hr race. And trying to stretch stints out to the max (hour 15 or 1.5 hours). Good times!

Side note: fastest guy on the team, even if by 1 second/lap, ALWAYS burns the most fuel/hr. Hmmm.

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Yeah. Took my ZG1000 Concours to a Concours Owners Group track day one time and was amazed at hitting reserve at like 125 miles when I could usually get 260 or more on the street. (Huge 7+ gal tank on that beast!)

In the endurance stuff though we're normally going on gals/hr and just trying to not run out of fuel on the far side of the track in the middle of the stinking 6 hr race. And trying to stretch stints out to the max (hour 15 or 1.5 hours). Good times!

Side note: fastest guy on the team, even if by 1 second/lap, ALWAYS burns the most fuel/hr. Hmmm.

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We endurance raced an RD400, and a tank of gas was about an hour. There was no fuel gauge, so we had to use reserve on it.

Fuel strategy has been very important in some very important races. Alexander Rossi and the 2016 Indy 500 comes to mind. It must be agonizing to have to try to conserve fuel to make better time.
 

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We're not nearly sophisticated enough to slow down to save fuel! Never good enough info to know where we are on fuel that accurately. And no reserve petcock setting anymore. And I think in my ~20 years of endurance racing, we've had a functioning low fuel light about 20% of the time. :-( So we just run it to an hour or 1:15 and see how much it takes to refill and adjust for the next stint. Over time, build up some history and knowledge until you change bikes and start over again. And then there's rain. Lots of guessing.

Bravery is riding a 2-stroke in endurance racing!
 

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I don’t understand what all this is about the fuel gauge. I’ve owned 2 ‘14s and now a ‘19. When I fill up the tank the gauge says full. As I ride it goes down proportionately as the miles go up. When it gets to empty I have about a gallon reserve left. Been exactly the same on all 3 bikes. Couldn’t ask for better.
 

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I am fostering Junk Jacket’s bike here. It needed a good home.
 
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