You're just not always at a gas station at mile # 120. I haven't lived out West for many years; but I recall many stretches across deserts where you rode 100+ miles between stops. My favorite ride out on the East Coast is the Blue Ridge Parkway: 460 miles without a gas station. It would be a PITA to have to climb down off the BRP every hundred and hope you have enough left find a little town and fuel up, every couple hours, just when you're getting in the mood. Not saying it's a killer; just saying, yes, it is a problem at all. Apparently, one of the test riding journalists at Sturgis even managed to run out of gas. Not hard to do in the Black Hills, I would think. Even on a road like the PA Turnpike, where off ramps are often 30 miles apart, with toll booths, and the state leased rest stops 50 miles apart sell gas 40 cents higher than reality, this small tank would annoy a traveler. If your typical ride is to the tavern, that's one thing. But if you like to pick up your bags and go find Kentucky for the weekend, that's quite another. Not trying to diss you; but I speak as one for whom a motorcycle is a vehicle, not a toy. 3.3 gallons cramps a lot of riders style.3.3 is not bad. I have a Sportster right now with a 3.3 tank. Its not a problem at all. I fill up at around 120 miles. On long trips I just bring a few fuel canisters, although I have never had to use them yet. If they were really smart they would make the bike siphon fuel from the very bottom of the tank, my Sportster doesn't and even when I run it empty I can here a decent amount of gas still in there.
Still, gotta say, I love the looks and the rest of the specs of this thing. I'm getting on one first time the demo truck comes by. If the seat fits the butt, it's coming to my garage.Gas mileage among the various journalists I spoke with at the press event varied from roughly 40 mpg to 45 mpg. The 3.3 gallon tank therefore will run dry after approximately 130 to 150 miles. A small warning light on the instrument face comes on with approximately 20 miles left to empty (according to a journalist who ran out of gas during the event).
In this case, your option would be to step up to the Classic or the Vintage. You will have a bigger bike along with a bigger tank. With 5.5 gallons and 40 - 42 mpg, you will at least double your range. Of course you are also going to be throwing $8 - 10K more at bike purchase.I completely agree that the small tank size is a problem. And as I've said before in earlier posts, I don't want to be sweating mile 120 for a gas station. I refuse to believe that adding .7 gallons to round the tank up to 4 gallons would screw with the looks. Let's be honest, increasing the height and width by less than a gallon wouldn't be challenging and certainly wouldn't affect the looks. To the idea that the aftermarket will provide a larger tank for those of us who would actually like to stretch our legs is kind of ridiculous. I like buying a motorcycle knowing that the aftermarket supports my ride, but I don't think I've ever, or ever will, want to buy a bike with the thought I have to change the tank in order for it to fit my needs...that just seems assanine. As the gentleman said earlier "...a motorcycle is a vehicle, not a toy."
JayFL, you will be fine with the range spec you mentioned. I got a call from Polaris Customer Service about my "range concern" that I passed along to them a few days ago. The Rep told me they won't be publishing anything on the subject, but she said the range between fill-ups will be between 120 to 140 miles depending on all usual variables (speed, terrain, quality/octane of fuel used, weight, accessories installed, etc). That certainly doesn't stack up against a touring rig, but that's not the targeted audience for the Scout. Hope this helps...I wouldn't mind seeing a 4-4.5 Option .. But as long as can Ride a safe without worry 100 mile Range, at my age don't mind a break at 100 mile intervals just make them quick and Keep on Riding .. The Size of the tank wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if really wanted this Bike ..
I too would like a larger tank, but not too large and destroy the look. The 2014 Sportster comes stock with 4.5 gal tank. Someone mentioned carring extra fuel which could be unsafe.3.3 is not bad. I have a Sportster right now with a 3.3 tank. Its not a problem at all. I fill up at around 120 miles. On long trips I just bring a few fuel canisters, although I have never had to use them yet. If they were really smart they would make the bike siphon fuel from the very bottom of the tank, my Sportster doesn't and even when I run it empty I can here a decent amount of gas still in there.
Don't get me wrong I am getting a Scout. Biggest bang for the buck and the least amout of compromise (tank size). I hope the after market people will come up with something and I will customize.I agree. When I first looked up the specs the tank size jumped right out. I will not buy this bike for that specific reason. 4.3 gals makes more sense.