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I have a hyper charger and v&h straight pipes. I can go 100 miles on a fill up and I am on empty. Is there a reserve or is does this sound odd?

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Most non fuel injected bikes do have a reserve, under the tank on the fuel valve where the line goes from the tank to the carb..:)

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