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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Out of gas? what then?

Greetings all,

Just so you know, I tried 3 different searches with no satisfactory answers to my "what if" concern

My bike >> 2006 1300c

Earlier this year on my trip down the Oregon coast, I had to go to reserve at 156 miles, "reserve" took me far enough to the next gas stop about 22 miles down the road.

Being new to this motorcycle stuff, I was told to "Never" let these bikes fully run out of gas, reserve included.

If that would have happened? What then? In my mind, set off on a walkabout for a gallon or so, refill, restart and off you go.

Easy Peasy. Right

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 01:56 AM
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You got it. Fill it and go!

Just another thought - If you know you are going to be riding somewhere that gas stations are few and far between. (some places out west) carry a can or 2 of TrueFuel (regular gas not mix) from Lowes or HD, its relatively cheap, comes in a metal can and will get you another 20 miles in a pinch. I get about 30mpg normally, 33-34 fast cruise on the highway and 35-36 if I really take it easy with the wrist.

Figure out what your MPG is and know about how far you can go until you are empty.

For tracking purposes I use an app called Gas Mileage (icon is a yellow background with a pump). Shows you the mpg each time you fill up and some other useful statistics. You can add multiple vehicles and there are no permissions needed for your location, data, etc etc..
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Originally Posted by 10Ring View Post

My bike >> 2006 1300c

Being new to this motorcycle stuff, I was told to "Never" let these bikes fully run out of gas, reserve included.
Whoever told you that is wrong.

Though of course it will suck to run out of gas, nothing bad will happen to the bike.
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you have been around people that know NOTHING about gasoline engines..

only thing that Might happen... is running out...you might pick up some crap sitting at the bottom of the gas tank.. but the filters will catch it... JUST LIKE A Car.

50 years of riding.... 392,000 motorcycle miles... I ran out once.. 100 feet from the gas station driveway.

it does no damage to fill up with 1/2 a tank.
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I know my bike needs gas EVERY 100 miles. I plan accordingly. I also need a pee, and smoke break then anyway..
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My boots are not made for walking.
Ran out of gas back in the mid 80's NC 601 north of Monroe.
I believe it was low rolling hills area and a gas station was nearby on the other side.
Pushed and coasted in.. Much younger then.

Last year was one of the oops running on Reserve. I may have switched to Trip B and looked good for miles.
Ran out on a downhill. Coasted to a safe place(telco cabinets parking space).
I looked around saw someone and asked to buy gas from him.
He gave me the gas from his lawnmower can. He did not want any money.
I went back later to give him money and he refused. He invited me to go to church service.
I then offered a donation to the church! $20 for a half gallon, it was worth it!

145 - 160 is the normal switch over range to reserve. 180 miles was the max range.
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Originally Posted by Curt E View Post
I know my bike needs gas EVERY 100 miles. I plan accordingly. I also need a pee, and smoke break then anyway..

This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^with exception of smoking...... I like the “100 mile rule” ..sure beats walking
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I believe it was "nexan" or something like that who had a really cool looking barrel on the back of his bike for extra gas. Just a thought.
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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-20-2019, 11:29 AM
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They might have been thinking it would be difficult to prime once you ran out of fuel and air got sucked in. I ran out on my 1800 one time shortly after buying it. I was close enough to a gas station to coast in and push it up to the pump. Being my 1800 is fuel injected, I thought it might be hard start back up but it wasn't. It just took a little longer to start it than it usually does. 1300's have carburetors and should be even easier.
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One trick I do when I hit reserve is slide the key hole cover on the gas cap open. This way if I do not fill up before going home, the next time I hop on the bike I can not not notice the cap cover open and know to go straight to the gas station. Also first thing I do when filling up is check the petcock is switched back to run and not left on reserve. I sure sucks to reach down to hit reserve and it was still on from the last time.
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