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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question ever run out of gas?

I never have. But I almost did today. Cruising through the country roads of SW Ohio, I got lost. (It's a long story.) In any case, by the time I found a gas station, the needle on my gas guage was well below the red line, and I had the tank on reserve. When I filled up, I put 3.056 gallons in.

I can't remember what the capacity of our gas tank is. But I would be interested to hear any stories about running out of gas or almost running out of gas. And how far can we really go when the needle's well below E?!

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First week I had the bike, I ran it out to see what the mileage would be. 132 miles. Good to know. But ask me why I ran out again.

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Hi EasyRector. You used 3.056 gallons, and our tank capacity is 3.566 Gallons (US, 13.5 liters). So you were down to 1/2 gallon remaining in your tank. Note your gas mileage so you can even better estimate how many miles you can go before you HAVE to get gas. The most I've gotten in gas mileage was 52 mpg with straight highway driving. I ran it for 192 miles and put in 3.5 gallons exactly. I had little choice because there weren't any gas stations around for quite a while, and I had refused to stop at a Citgo station because I hate to give my money to Hugo Chavez. I got lucky and there was a Sunoco station less than a mile away.

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hehe.... I got it down to 3.26 gallons the other day. At least for my bike - that's pretty much the limit. Actually stalled out (while on prime) and had to sit with the bike tilted to the left on prime for a minute or two - then straight to the gas station ;-)

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I have only run out of gas one time in my life, and that was years back riding my TS 185 Suzuki.

I was coming down a hill and the bike sputtered and started to die, I reached to switch it to "reserve", but found it was already in the "reserve" position.

I pulled in the clutch and coasted down the hill. There was a gas station on the corner, but I had to get through the intersection to get to it, and the light was red.

I slowed down enough to pisss the cars off behind me, but managed to get to the cross street just as the light turned green. I coasted right up to a pump and stopped.

A guy filling his car up next to me that watched me pull in turned and said that I had the quietest bike he had ever seen.

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I've found that running low on gas has one other risk. Where the fuel petcock is located & where the fuel is on a hill can be a bad mix. Alteast till you get to the other side! =)
Personal experiance. =(
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I ran out of gas a few weeks after I got my bike. I was so mad at myself for letting it happen. I got off of my bike and walked around it a few times and then remembered I turn the fuel off the night before.

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I ran out of gas a few weeks after I got my bike. I was so mad at myself for letting it happen. I got off of my bike and walked around it a few times and then remembered I turn the fuel off the night before.
Sounds like you need one of these stickers like I used to have displayed right under my ignition switch :

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Used to run out occasionally. I looked pretty stupid hitch hiking with the gas tank. At least no one was inclined to steal a bike without a tank on it.

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I ran out of gas a few weeks after I got my bike. I was so mad at myself for letting it happen. I got off of my bike and walked around it a few times and then remembered I turn the fuel off the night before.
I've done that on the quad before. Made it out on the trail and it died. Had just filled up the tank with gas, so that was what I suspected was wrong. 10 minutes of choice words for Shell, then I see I hadn't switched it back on.

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