The gas indicator thinks the tank is straight sided, but actually its tapered, so when the tank is full the first gallon represents the distance the needle has to travel in the white space off the gauge to where is gets onto the printed dial. The second gallon is about the distance from the Full sign to the half way mark and the last gallon is from the half way mark to the Empty sign. There is a spare half gallon somewhere - but it certainly isn't in the bottom half of the dial. If you get to your destination and use the first half of the tank - there is no way you will get home again on the second half.
Having your boots fill with water is one of the subtle joys of riding in the rain. Stand proud on the moral high ground and look down on those fair weather cissies who never get wet. Unfortunately this can pall with repeated experience and your boots get pretty doggy. Get some leathers with zips at the bottom of the trousers. When it rains you stop, get the trousers out of your boots, undo the zips and leave them outside your boots.
Wax your leathers well with beeswax stuff that horseriders use on their saddles, However, really heavy rain will penetrate in time; but the joys of wet boots are nothing to the feeling of triumph when you turn up somewhere is soggy leathers. Children stop and stare, men step aside and women fall into your arms. Even your mother in law retreats into silence with a curious kind of grudging respect she can't quite conceal. If you ever do fit a windshield, fire a couple of bullet holes through it and people won't laugh at the roadrunner feathers.
Last edited by Simon; 08-09-2007 at 08:22 AM.