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First time ever I can remember ME running out of gas(several friends have). Anyhow I was going from Thermopolis WY to Dodge City KS. It was an 800+ day and a long one to boot.

When traveling you just never know where the next gas stop is so I try not to push it. Normally on trips like this I can get 170 out of a tank before the light comes on. Using the handy/dandy GPS I know where most gas stations are anyhow.

Well for some reason my bike doesn't like the Shell Nitrogen gas, everytime I've used it my mileage on the tank has dropped way off. I had been driving for a while and it was a hot day of around 100 degrees. I passed some gas stations right around Goodland KS(I think). Staying on top of these things are important in unknown areas and at this point I was traveling I-70 and there's gas stations all over the place on interstates.

Well when I passed those stations i clicked over and only had 110 or so miles on the tripmeter. Plenty of fuel to get to Colby where I would turn off anyhow to 40 to start descent to Dodge City.

Well at around 135 miles my low fuel light came on. What the heck(cleaned up) I thought to myself that can't be right. Thinking maybe it was the high temps was messing with the thermistor gauge I'd be ok, but to be safe and knowing I filled up with Shell last time I'd find a station.

Well the GPS showed me a gas station 20 miles back and 20 miles forward. It's a catch 22. Rather than try and find a spot to turn around, I'd just plug forward, after all I almost always get 170+ before my light comes on. Well I program in the nearest station. I get off the highway 8 miles east of Colby to some little outskirt of town. Start heading east on a frontage road, turn the bend about 1 mile up the road and the bike starts bucking. Crap, turn around head to an area that had around 8 homes and some large silo. Before I get back to the area, my motor goes silent.

So royally PO'd I walk to the first house, no one home, second house no one home, third house NO ONE HOME!! I'm starting to think I'm in the Hills Have Eyes World. Finally 2 'blocks' up I see a woman watering some plants I run over but she's already gone in her house(yelling at her from a distance may have spooked her). I knock on her door, explain the situation.

We find a gas can with some fuel and she walks the few blocks with me to my bike. I put in what's in the can and offer her some $$. She at first wouldn't take it but eventually i convinced her to take her kids to town and get them some ice cream or something since it's so warm out.

Ended up be a real sweet lady, widow of a biker, so I tell her my Sturgis story about the hail storms, the badlands, beartooth pass.

I didn't arrive in Dodge City until 10:30ish that night, hot, exhausted and hungry. Did you know on Saturday nights on Front street every restaurant(including Subway!!!) closes at 10pm??

Neither did I, so after walking 3/4 mile from my hotel(remember i just rode 800+ miles and was 2000 miles in a 4 day trip I had to walk) just to find everything closed I walked back the corner gas station. Had a great dinner of some pork rinds, some sort of ramen instant noodles(used the coffee pot in the room to make hot water for the noodles) and a 1 gallon jug of 'diet' green tea I cranked up the A/C in the room and went to bed.

Every trip has something that burns into your memory that you can normally laugh at afterwards. This was my 09 experience to remember.
 

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Never ran out, but the light usually comes on at 160 miles. Have been 172 without running out. I would not suggest running out of gas on a EFC bike.

Chevron Premium seems to run the best in my 2004 KP with S&S and modified stage one slipons.
 

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ROFLOLOL ME???? RUN OUT OF GAS?????

No way LOL I stop about every 100-120 miles. If I am going on a long trip to unknown territory where it looks like there could be long stretches between fuel or available fuel, I carry fuel canisters on board.

So far my only problems have been belt issues, which have been caused by a well used belt and operator error on downshifts. Hmmm...maybe I should become adept in the Fine Art of the Almighty Belt Change.
 

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I've got a little over 41,000 on my current belt. I brought a spare clutch cable and new belt as insurance. This is the first time I've ever run out of gas period on anything Ive ever owned with 2 or 4 wheels.
 

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When I first got my 03 CC dealer said 35-40mpg. I was pushing it on a long trip, had 197 miles on the tank and 3 miles to a gas station. Ran out at 199 a mile from the station. Luckily the wife was following in the car and I got a gal on the side of the road. Since then I never NEVER go past 140-160. Few weeks ago I ran out at 120 miles, my error apparently. Gas fillup shut the nozzel before fully filling I guess and I didn't look to see if it was at the neck. The little idiot lightis hard to see in the daylight.
 

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I guess this is "almost" On Topic of this post.

When I had my Goldwing, when touring, I'd typically stop every 100 miles or so and top off the tank and take a stretch...or a Mother Nature break. (Okay, too much info here!).

When I got the Vision, I quickly learned that due to the ergonomics of the seating position, I could ride much further between rest stops without fatigue. In March, when I was leaving Houston and heading back to Florida (via New Orleans), as anyone who's ridden on I-10 East of Houston will attest, the road conditions aren't that great for the first 50 miles or so...lots of retreads and debris on the road, then the pavement conditions get much better.

When the road became smooth, I relaxed a bit and was having one of those "riding in the zone" days and had the iPod providing some nice musical entertainment. I didn't need to pay that much attention to the route as I had the GPS to remind me when it was time to take a turn. I really wasn't paying much attention to how far I had ridden. Before I knew it, I had cruised 225 miles and was fairly close to Running On Fumes. I was lucky that I spotted a sign for a gas station at the next exit and refueled.

The moral to this story was that I was so comfortable (thank you Utopia!) on the Vision, that I almost ran out of gas as the fatigue didn't set in to remind me it was time to refuel. While the Goldwing has earned the long-term accolades of being the best touring bike in the world, after this leg of the trip, I had my doubts that Honda would keep this crown for too much longer.

That was one great trip.
 

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As some of you know I live in Orange County NY. I have taken several rides with the fellows from Orange County Choppers . Most of these rides are short escorted runs around the area surrounding the shop.

The Ride called "Paul Sr's" was very different it was said to be a 150 mile run. Turns out it was unescorted and Paul never stopped. I was on my Triumph America we were about 10 miles from the shop after having trawled over 130 miles and my bike started to cough ,I reached down to the petcock and gave it a flip, the bike stopped coughing and I finished the ride with a small group. Many others were no longer with the lead pack either due to traffic lights or having run out of fuel.

The ride started with about 100 riders we all arrived and signed in as instructed by the web site. Paul never spoke prior to the ride or after it either. The ride was to leave at 11 am several employees of OCC came out and cautioned all riders to have full tanks.

I was very surprised when the lead group never waited for the rest of the pack when the group was broken up by traffic lights. This was the first time I had ever seen this on a group ride .I trawled at speeds on my Triumph that I had never done before. I really think Paul intended to lose everyone ,he was even passing vehicles on route 17 headed back to the shop it is a 2 lane highway where this is not legal.

When we got back to the shop Paul drove right in, a buddy of mine was very close to him and was waived off by employees.

We waited out front about 20 min beforedeciding he was not going to talk to us.
 

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It's been a long time since I've run out of fuel myself. I can remember several occasions when my bike would just start to cough as I would roll into the station, but I always seemed to make it.

The only time I can remember actually running out was when I was about 13 years old and riding my trusty 'ol Honda XL75 (my first bike that I totally rebuilt). I was about 5 miles from the house on a back road and she sputtered to a stall. Just so happened I was near a house and I went to the door. I didn't know these folks, but it's a small town, so sure enough they knew my parents. It was an older couple and the gentlemen gave me about a gallon of gas he had for the lawn mowers. Of course on this little rig a gallon was good for about 80 miles or 8 hrs ride time on the trails.

The moral is I ran out of gas and then rode for free for about 3 days.

Glory days.
 

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The closest I came to running out of gas was in middle of nowhere south eastern California. I was getting low on fuel and I was starting to pull in to a gas station when I noticed a sign that said the next town was 15 miles away. I decided to get gas there.
When I got to the next town they did not have a gas station!!!!
It was 25 miles to the next gas station or 15 miles back. I didn't want to go back soI headed for the next town. I had about .1 of a gallon when I got there. It would have been a long walk, I passed 4 farms in 25 miles.
Now when I need gas and I see gas, I buy gas.
 

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i ran outa gas at 185miles/297km. I was riding the bike to a station i knew was at a small town. Unfortunately it was closed down for maintenance or something. I shoulda just asked around town for some gas, but i kept going hoping i could make the next town which was 15miles away. My bike died around 7miles away from the next town. Glad i got CAA for free gas delivery, as walking 800pounds of rolling dead weight aint my idea of fun.

Now i refill every 150km at most.
 

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I ran out on a Saskatchewan back highway way out of cell phone range and had to walk 20km to the nearest town without seeing a single car. Walking back I managed to thumb a ride. Holy crap that sucked. The bright side was it wasn't raining and at least it happened in the morning so I was able to find an open gas station.
 

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The Old Man was in the military and we did a lot of cross country driving between our base of the moment and visiting relatives in east Texas. Mind you this was in the 50s before interstates and one relied on maps, when you could find one, and traveled from one small town or city to another. Offtimes the roads were poorly marked and one relied on strangers for directions.

We had spent the night in a small motel in the middle of No Where, Mississippi and were looking at a long day of two lane roads and bad restaurant food. The Old Man decided not to fuel up as we started the day's ride because he wanted to "get down the road" and was sure he would find cheaper gas up ahead. Ignoring warnings from my mother to get gas, we kept going. After a while, there was no gas. Either the towns were too small or the stations were closed.

Just as we topped a small hill on a country road. our green 1956 Cadilac sputtered and died. Looking ahead we could see some buildings at the bottom of the hill so we coasted down. Fortuantely one was a small store with one very old gas pump. I'll never forget the old woman with hairs growing out of her face coming out of the store to fill up the car. My much releived father paid her and got in the car saying, "See, I knew we shuold keep going".
 
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