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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Real Out Of Gas Syndrome

This thread is meant more of as a joke or a parody than anything else. This morning I was on my way to work and my bike ran out of gas. I even desperately tried to tilt the bike on its left side, hoping that the fuel on the bottom right side of the tank would flow over to the other side, but no luck. I was stuck on the side of the road and had to call somebody to pick me up.

Subject: Real Out Of Gas Syndrome (ROOGS)

Symptoms: Significant loss in engine power and giving it throttle increases rpm but not much. Feels as though it is choking or stuttering. Eventually shuts off and wonít turn on.

Root Cause: NO GAS!!! Probably due to being lazy, a cheapo, or cocky that there is enough fuel left to get you where you want to go.


Verification Steps:
1. Fuel level at the red mark or less.
2. Ride for a few miles if youíre even lucky to get this far.
3. Motorcycle stalls as if out of gas.
4. Pull over in a safe location.
5. Open gas cap and see that thereís nothing in there.
6. Close gas cap
7. Motorcycle cranks but doesnít start
8. Accept that youíre out of gas, if not repeat step 7 until you drain the battery and canít do so anymore, now youíre really screwed. (This actually happened to me before)

Solution: Go get some gas. Pour it in your fuel tank. Start the bike up. Learn your lesson, donít let this happen again.

Preventative measures: Keep your gas tank full. Find a gas station after switching to reserve.

Don't take my word for it. I'm just a foolish newbie.
When in doubt, just know that I am only joking around.

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thats a good one..

I put the most in my tank I ever have (with exception of when I had tank off for paint) yesterday... 3.2 gals.. yea, was on reserve all day and was praying I would make it to my station..

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Rut roh, rits ROOGS!

* If you're close to hitting reserve, go ahead and select reserve before getting on the freeway.

Here's why........

We have this new stretch of road, six to eight lanes, concrete divider all the way, smooth as silk, curvy and hilly. Everybody wants to run like it's Talladega, but the terrain is more like Sonoma or Watkins Glen.

So here's me in the lightspeed lane trying to get past a semi. I clear him, signal and move over since there's a soccer mom in a mini-van drafting me and looking to bump-draft. Soccer mom gets beside me and my bike starts bogging, cutting out.

Semi truck closes the gap quick so I dart to the breakdown lane, coasting on rumble strips, cinders, and trash at 60mph. Hit reserve and let it roll down almost to a stop in gear, no dice.

Sat there cranking away, nothing. Had to coast down to level ground and choke it before it would restart.

I always get to a station as soon as I hit reserve. Some of the places I ride to, takes a full tank to get there and back, and there's no gas in between.

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Usually I do get to a gas station when I hit reserve, but I was feeling particularly lazy and confident the day before that I could make it to work and then a gas station. But when I headed out in the morning it ran out of gas less two miles away from my house.

What I been planning for sometime now, even before this happened, is to carry some extra gas in an external container. I was planning fill an empty seafoam container with gas and then tie it behind my license plate. Maybe now I have more motivation to do it.

Don't take my word for it. I'm just a foolish newbie.
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Blacked out engine
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R/R relocated to the side of fuse box
Rust removed from tank
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Voltmeter
Gear indicator
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My low fuel light usually goes on at about 210-220 miles and that means I got approx. 1gal of fuel left in the 900. So anything close to 250 miles and I'm filling up.e
(Yes I'm bragging) lol

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On my VN it seems to take a long time for the fuel to trickle down on reserve. I learned to switch to reserve before I had to if I wanted to avoid sitting on the side of the road trying to crank the engine.

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I was only getting 40 miles to the gallon on my sporty. Checked the tires and they were like at 20lbs from the winter. Pumped em up and my mileage went up to 45mpg. Still my **** runs out way too quick.

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I was only getting 40 miles to the gallon on my sporty. Checked the tires and they were like at 20lbs from the winter. Pumped em up and my mileage went up to 45mpg. Still my **** runs out way too quick.
Well rocket fuel burns quicker than gas

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I was only getting 40 miles to the gallon on my sporty. Checked the tires and they were like at 20lbs from the winter. Pumped em up and my mileage went up to 45mpg. Still my **** runs out way too quick.
That's the thing about motorcycles, they get good mpg, but due to their capacity you actually visit the gas station more.

Don't take my word for it. I'm just a foolish newbie.
When in doubt, just know that I am only joking around.

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Blacked out engine
Dry rusty splines finally lubed for the first time
R/R relocated to the side of fuse box
Rust removed from tank
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Voltmeter
Gear indicator
LED turn signals & brake light
16 color LED engine light up & underglow
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OK....so since I have a modified tank, I HAVE to ask......
How many miles do you all get on a stock VN750 tank
from full till you hit reserve?
From reserve to EMPTY (assuming anyone has ever done this)?
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