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Old 02-05-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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forgot to fill up the tank...

Well today was an exciting day to say the least... I was riding about 6 hours today, and being used to drive a car, I have a gas gauge; on the bike, I dont. And forgetting this fact I soon realized that there is a finite amount of gas in my tank after my bike proceeded to sputter and then die... Right in the middle of and intersection. . Well, after getting yelled at by the masses, she decided to start and I was able to sputter to the side of the road. I then did the FINE-C steps, and got stopped on F; Fuel... And after switching the reserve on she ran fine all the way to the gas station to be filled up and to also change my boxers. Just thought I would share this with you all, and if you cant tell yet, this is my first switch to reserve; and also I am a newb.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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Sounds like a lesson well learned.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:29 PM   #3
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Ah, I cherish the memory of the first time I fondled my petcock in public... The people in the intersection I was in weren't very happy about it either.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
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I left mine on reserve once and ran out. Had to tip the bike over all the way to get some gas pooled at the bottom into the petcock side. The bike died completely 2 blocks away from the nearest gas station. Luckily I was up hill, so I could just coast all the way down, then push it into the station.

I make it a point to refill at 200 on the trip or earlier now.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:50 PM   #5
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My first (and only so far) was on a twisty, fortunately it lost power slowly so I could
straighten up and come to a stop safely. By slowly mean I had like 10 seconds warning.

That made me really paranoid about running out of gas on nasty roads.
So when I hit a road like 17 on my way to SC, and I am worried about being a bit low
I hit the reserve right then so I don't lose power on the hill.

I also reset my trip meter every time I fill up, it doubles pretty nicely as a gas guage.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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To those of you who aren't used to the reserve switch yet, here's what you do:

- Pay attention to the ODO. Many bikes will run out of gas at the same point. My KLR runs out at 255 miles almost like clockwork.

- When the ODO is getting to that point, pay attention to the way the bike is moving. If you're paying attention, you'll detect the early warnings in the form of mild surging (tiny loss of power, then comes back)

Then, after you get accustomed to detecting the surging, you'll know the bike is about to run out of gas 60-120 seconds before it dies, so you'll be ready to hit that petcock.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:01 PM   #7
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To clarify a bit, the early surging is usually so subtle you question yourself.

"Did I really just feel that, or was it nothing?"

Yes, you did. That was it. If you've got a steady throttle, not accelerating or decelerating, if you think you just felt something you most likely did.


Of course, not EVERY bike is so forgiving. My KTM purrs like a kitten right into the "ALMOST NO GAS" zone, and then without any warning whatsoever, it stalls when you clutch & let go of the gas.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:07 PM   #8
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Since my bike has no gauge, I simply reset the trip meter at each fill up. When it hit about 187 or so I know it's pretty close to surging. Works like a charm so far.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:47 PM   #9
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The one and only time I've had it happen was on 85 south while hitting the off ramp for cottle. Thankfully there's a chevron down the street. My old VFR didn't have the loverl fuel gauge like my busa does!

Coasted to the light, bike dies.. I think oh crap. Hit the petcock to reserve, couple seconds of cranking and she fires. Off to chevron I go...
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:02 PM   #10
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having to switch over to reserve while lane-sharing in traffic through LA while in the rain on a bike uve now ridden for 1hr ever was VERY VERY challenging. engine dead, try to reach reserve w/ right hand, no go, left hand off, wups, clutch in, shift to neutral, coast, switch to reserve, clutch in, back in gear, bump start engine, accelerate... all without getting run over.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:32 PM   #11
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When I used to ride the old 50cc ruckus that had no gas gauge I used to carry around a small metal fuel bottle I picked up from REI (about the size of a water bottle)

I don't think it was safe for me to put in my backpack but if you have a storage unit large enough its something to think about. You never know sometimes!
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:33 PM   #12
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Get one of these for your garage. It's awesome! Holds 14 gallons, I fill it, drop some StarTron in it for E10 reasons, a dose of Marvel Mystery Oil, and my FJR gets topped off on return to the stable. I never leave home without a full tank. If I'm real low, I just hit the station.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:39 PM   #13
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When I used to ride the old 50cc ruckus that had no gas gauge I used to carry around a small metal fuel bottle I picked up from REI (about the size of a water bottle)

I don't think it was safe for me to put in my backpack but if you have a storage unit large enough its something to think about. You never know sometimes!
22 oz MSR Fuel bottle. I always have one in the case when I tour. It's good for about 12 miles on the FJR.

Pretty much any Army/Navy surplus has them as well as any backpacking/camping outfitter.

A 22oz runs about $19 and they are built to contain volatile fuels.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:53 PM   #14
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Yeah, been there. The key thing is to remember to reset the petcock so next time you have the reserve. I like the fuel bottle idea, we use them camping but it never occurred to me to carry one on the bike.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:55 PM   #15
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22 oz MSR Fuel bottle. I always have one in the case when I tour. It's good for about 12 miles on the FJR.

Pretty much any Army/Navy surplus has them as well as any backpacking/camping outfitter.

A 22oz runs about $19 and they are built to contain volatile fuels.

I've seen those around. Those would be SUPER handy to carry. Just don't mistake it for a water bottle
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