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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Why are you scared to hit reserve?.

Serious question. It seems so many are absolutely terrified to let their bike hit reserve. What is the reason? I don't understand the point of completely avoiding the low fuel warning system that was designed for the bike, and has been in use on most every carbuerated bike ever built.

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post #2 of 97 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 11:59 AM
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I hit mine all the time.

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I hit mine all the time.


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One day I was merging onto the slab, going uphill, in a left curving section of road, from the right. It was a time when there was a line cars I had to merge into, and there were cars on my six. At that moment I ran out of gas. Already having to concentrate on merging safely in a curve and also paying attention to the car on my six I had enough to do without taking my left hand off the bars and hitting the reserve switch. It was a very tense moment. Afterwords I told my self that was never going to happen to me again.

That's my reason and to me it's a good one.
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I wouldn't say that I am "scared" of hitting reserve , it happens all the time. But it can create a pucker factor when it happens at just the right time.

80 mph on the freeway with a large truck behind you , I don't care how fast you flip the lever , that truck in your mirror just keeps getting bigger & bigger.

Making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic , and just as you let the clutch out , she spits & sputters.


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post #6 of 97 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 12:27 PM
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^ what he said, similar situation, but I still hit it fairly regularly I just watch the trip odometer and when i'm getting close I am a bit more leery of doing low speed maneuvers where sudden loss of power could result in dumping.

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post #7 of 97 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 12:29 PM
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I don't usually ride till I hit reserve, but it doesn't bother me to do it.

When I hit about 100 - 120 miles, I start watching for gas stations (and price). If there are not any around, I'll hit reserve with no problem.

On the 1800, I fill up at 120 or less, and get a little concerned if I can't. I just don't trust waiting for the light to come on.

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post #8 of 97 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 12:42 PM
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Been riding about 50 years and to me it is just normal to run it into reserve virtually all of the time. Doing more long distance riding now an exception is when I'm on the western freeways. There isn't always a station out in front of you within the reserve distance so possibly I will fill before hitting it, all depends on what is out in front of me.

But the above concerns are real and the very simple answer is to use reserve, not avoid it. If I'm in one of those potential situations then I just switch to reserve early, why not?, there is no negative consequence. You still get the full amount of fuel. When you switch to reserve early it is essentially the same thing as a low fuel warning light. You're not going to have any instantaneous lack of fuel emergency, you just need to get gas in the next 25 miles or so. MPG can vary greatly from all kinds of circumstances and there have been times where I may be concerned about fuel in traffic, maybe a construction zone or accident backup, I might just temporarily switch to reserve to be certain there won't be a problem and then when I clear the traffic I'll switch back to the main.

I use reserve liberally, just switch to it early and you don't have to worry about it sputtering. If your using the odo to fill at 130 then instead of filling switch to reserve at 130 and get gas when you can, no worries.

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I agree. But I usually can go to 160+/- before hitting reserve.
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Originally Posted by mneccspv View Post
I agree. But I usually can go to 160+/- before hitting reserve.
daaang! I usually hit reserve around 120, do you guys fill your tanks fuller or something? I stop when the bubbles start collecting in the neck.

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