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Running out of gas sucks!

My first time, had some close calls, but always coasted to the pump. The damn fuel gauge on this bike is deceiving. I was warned about it, but I guess unless it happens to you, you will push it.

That's all, just killing time until AAA gets here with gas.

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I am at lake cook and sanders.

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Sorry man, it'd take me 2 hours to get there from here w/traffic.

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Everyone does it once eventually. Now if it happens several times, thats a different story.

If you're unsure about the gauge, carry a gas can with you and run it till it dies to get a better feel of when it runs out.
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No worries, AAA should be here soon, but I appreciate the thought.

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Nothing beats a peek inside the gas take.

Sorry for ya bro, but at least it's a nice day out.

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I used to do it all the time. Having no gas gauge or light sux. If the battery would die I wouldn't remember how many miles I had or if I drove it really hard sometimes it would run out of gas way early lol. I think I ran out maybe 3 times and barely puddered to the gas station countless times.
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i have done it more than once. one time i could see the mobile sign when the bike started to sputter. coasted it in.
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Go south, ther e is a gas station at Dundee and Saunders, easy walk! 1/2 mile max.

I was NB on Saunders / Riverwoods Rd about that time on a Ducati Monster, that wasn't you I waved to, was it?

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All good, gas was delivered, just wasted 50 minutes of riding time, and got stuck in traffic coming home. Lesson learned, don't believe the gas gauge. LOL

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I was NB on Saunders / Riverwoods Rd about that time on a Ducati Monster, that wasn't you I waved to, was it?
Do not recall seeing anyone on a monster, there were a lot bikes out today.

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Nothing beats a peek inside the gas take.

Sorry for ya bro, but at least it's a nice day out.
my (track only) gsxr has tank foam, which after installed it pushes/holds the
float down, showing on the dash that i need gas at all times. even after filling, i see nothing in the tank. (i know thats not wat u meant but just sayin) with that said, i havent run out of gas on-track yet.

glad yer not stuck on the side of the road (so to speak)

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sometimes they die running out of gas like they are braking down. Really messes with people.

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IHaving no gas gauge or light sux.
ya it does...big time. i just clock my odometer and once i get around 150 per tank, time to fill up...gas light or not
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Hey gsd656, do you work for Stericycle or Walgreens? I work there and was just curious since you said Sanders and Lake Cook.

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No, I work in Evanston, but got off work early and was out and about.

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I've done it. The first bike night I took the 916 too after the rebuild. had to push the thing over a mile.




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You were less than 1 mile from two gas stations at that corner (either north or south on Saunders). Could have coasted halfway downhill to one of them

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You were less than 1 mile from two gas stations at that corner (either north or south on Saunders). Could have coasted halfway downhill to one of them
LOL, I was making a left from Saunders onto Lake Cook and it died, I restarted it while coasting, it ran for three seconds and died again, so I just coasted into a parking lot.

Since I was safe, I ran a few options in my head and decided that might as well use AAA instead of bothering anyone or getting some exercise pushing the bike.

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Yeah, Lake Cook is one busy ass road, I would not want to push a bike down that road from fear of being hit by someone on their cell. It would be safer to push a bike on the shoulder of an expressway than that street.

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Yeah, Lake Cook is one busy ass road, I would not want to push a bike down that road from fear of being hit by someone on their cell. It would be safer to push a bike on the shoulder of an expressway than that street.
On Saunders, not down LC, that's a death warrant LOL.

So if you came off of Saunders then you just drove past a gas station 60 seconds prior (either Deerfield or Dundee). Doh!

Smart choice on AA though as pushing stuff sucks. I pushed my GSX (the CAR, not the bike haha) down a slight decline along I-90 many years ago for probably half a mile.

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Rule of thumb. Always reset your tip odometer when filling up. Use that as your gauge. Figure out how many mpg u get at fillups by taking (miles divided by gallons placed in tank) on your next fill up and you have how far the distance will be by watching it. If u ride a little harder/faster, then take 5-10 miles added onto that because u will have eaten up that much more fuel. When u get to your normal # where u fill up at, go gas up.

I have NEVER run out of fuel by following that simple rule. My Honda 900rr had a 4 gallon tank. When I hit around 150 miles, I would look for a station. Only once did my bike sputter, and that was riding with WSE n me hitting the twisties down i55 frontage roads n hitting the turns hot, and we were hauling lots of ass eating fuel up. I reached down, turned the petcock, and pointed to tank and we fueled up. I hate to say it, but getting rid of petcocks was the stupidest thing bike companies ever did. That way there was always an emergency supply avail. Now there is none for the new bikes

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Dont you reset the odometer every fill up? hmmmm the 120 mark works for me

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love my oldschool bikes, all of them have petcocks.


And it is very unsafe not knowing how much fuel you have in your gas tank. You don't want to have a situation where you need to hammer the throttle, and it dies on you because its starved for fuel. And you lost your only way to escape from said situation.
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I have done it, however I had dropped my bike off at dealer low on gas. They flipped it to reserve when they needed to. I picked it up knew it was low (didn't know it was on reserve) and filled it up at the corner. Next time it ran out I went to flip it to reserve and it was already there. I had to push it for a bit to get to somewhere I could park and call for someone to bring me gas. I always use the trip meter as none of my bikes have ever had a gas gauge.

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Done it on my FZR600 right after I bought it. Started sputtering at higher rpms. Opened the cap and there was what I thought plenty of gas, so I thought something else was wrong. Eventually it just wouldnt start. Well after pushing it down the road my truck finally showed. Got it loaded and home. Called the dealer up. Asked me to check to see if theres gas, yep I can see gas in the tank. Then asked me if I switched over the petcock to reserve. Right there I realised I totally forgot about that little feature. switched it to reserve, and it fired right up. Took a while to live that one down.

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