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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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out of gas

Simple question....what's the right answer?

So, I'm cruising the highway on my Shadow Sabre, knowing full well that I'm running low on fuel and the engine starts to lose power and sputter. Is it better to:
a) go as far as you can until the engine dies, coast to a stop, switch on the fuel reserve, fire it back up and get to the next exit with a gas station.
b) switch to fuel reserve while engine is still running and hope it keeps running until you get to the next exit with a gas station.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-09-2007, 05:35 PM
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switch to reserve while its still running, and just dont be wide open throttle untill the carbs can refill completely and you have good fuel flow. running it all the way out of gas is just dumb, you dont want to lean out the engine.

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running it all the way out of gas is just dumb, you dont want to lean out the engine.
You also don't want to walk home.
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You also don't want to walk home.
Moparboy has a cell phone, so he can always call his mom for a ride

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I don't, so I have to walk home (it has happened before, twice).
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Don't want to burn up a fuel pump either...
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Back off, switch to reserve, keep cruising.

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Never fails you can't find that reserve switch while running.

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Never fails you can't find that reserve switch while running.
You should be able to, it's not hard at all

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Its pretty easy to find the reserve switch, on my bike its on the left side right under the gas tank so I don't even have to take my hand off of the throttle.
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Or your bike is starting to sputter and you find that the reserve is already on because you forgot to reset from your last fill up.

They are all easy to find till you need it right away.

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HERE's a TIP: If you find that you're already on reserve, you can start pulling the choke out to help 'richen' the mixture and keep the bike alive for up to another half mile. Bit by bit, start pulling it out as it begins to sputter. You may have to open the throttle even more, which uses fuel quicker, but at least the bike is still mobile.

I've also just let the bike die while rolling along (gear down to neutral) and coast as far as you can. You'd be suprised to see how far along you can coast after you've wicked it up to about 80mph!

On some street standards, you can remove the gas tank and carry that to the gas station (I've done this, once, after pushing my bike almost half a mile...I thought "why am I pushing this umpteen hundred pound beast along in the grass when I can simply detach the gas tank and take it with me to get gas?").

But once you've run out of gas a few times, you get religous about resetting your trip meter on the speedo to track your available mileage.

good luck.

NOTE: my tips don't apply if you have fuel injection (duh!), an electric fuel pump (dubble duh!) or your tank is impossible to remove (stupido duh!). YMMV.

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get a Mr. Fusion and a flux capicitor, go back in time to when you had gas....problem solved.

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