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post #1 of 19 Old 03-01-2017, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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So I was headed to work, and my fuel light was on. No big deal, right? I normally ride to work and get gas next to the parking garage before I ride home.

Well, this time, apparently the fuel light had come on on my LAST ride, and I had already burned through my reserve.

So I'm cooking down Hwy 26 and the bike sputters once and dies. I put up my hand like racers do when they have a problem, checked over my shoulder, and coasted to the side. The X on the map on the freeway is where it died.

I had to push the bike uphill to where the onramp joins, roll it the wrong way down the onramp, and then push it up this steep hill with gravel all over the shoulder.

Finally at the top of the hill some guy who's a landscaper pulls over and gives me some gas so I can get to the next gas station, but I was tired. Tired and sweaty and it's a good thing I've been working out.

It was about or just under a mile I pushed it, uphill most of the way.



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Holy shit lol. That sucks man! At least you had someone to give you a hand for the last bit. No one you could call?
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lmao remember to reset your trip meter when your light comes on. Saves me everytime

Wicked hill to push a bike up
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The only time I don't reset the trip meter when I fill the bike, is when I don't have enough money to fill the tank at that time..... when the trip odo reads more than 150 miles, I know something is not right.

The fuel warning light is set for less than a gallon of usable fuel -- for me, that's for sure less than 50 miles remaining, and quite probably closer to 35. As my one way commute is ~37 miles, it's not worth finding out how close I can get to zero fuel.

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Wow, LOL and sorry..

Reminded me of the only time I ran out of gas..

Bike sputtered, turned on the reserve. NO it was on the reserve.
Bought the bike 40 miles ago. It was a quarter mile up hill in Denver.

That was pre fuel gauge days. Now I get to a bar above the low fuel light. It's fill up time.

First time is a learning experience (free pass) second time is a mistake. (don't be that guy)
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Dont they have Uber in portland??
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Wow, that's no fun! Nice of that guy to give you some fuel.
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Yeah. My commute is about 18 miles. So if the fuel light comes on partway home, I can go to work the next day and get gas right after.

Apparently I had already done one 'free' trip last time out, so I had no extra.

We do have Uber, but I didn't want to leave my bike. I could have called someone, but part of me thought I could push it to the gas station in about the same time it would take for someone across town to get up, get a gas can, go fill, and then make it to me.


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Haha. Happens to everyone. Glad you got out of it ok.

I've run out twice - once at home just didn't remember how low I was and it died twice on the way to the pumps 1/4 mile from the house. The other time it died right at the top of a 1.5 mile slope so I could coast down the other side to the pump at the bottom. I was lucky too, luckier by the sound of it.

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WOW man and feel sorry for you.... it happened to me 30 km from my town......called my girlfriend and she rescued me .. she came with gasoline !!! lucky me...!!!
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So I was headed to work, and my fuel light was on. No big deal, right? I normally ride to work and get gas next to the parking garage before I ride home.

Well, this time, apparently the fuel light had come on on my LAST ride, and I had already burned through my reserve.

So I'm cooking down Hwy 26 and the bike sputters once and dies. I put up my hand like racers do when they have a problem, checked over my shoulder, and coasted to the side. The X on the map on the freeway is where it died.

I had to push the bike uphill to where the onramp joins, roll it the wrong way down the onramp, and then push it up this steep hill with gravel all over the shoulder.

Finally at the top of the hill some guy who's a landscaper pulls over and gives me some gas so I can get to the next gas station, but I was tired. Tired and sweaty and it's a good thing I've been working out.

It was about or just under a mile I pushed it, uphill most of the way.




Being familiar with the area you were stranded at, I can testify this is a hell of a climb; even your photo doesn't justify the grade. No wonder you were pooped out.


In true confession, after four decades of riding, I ran out of gas for the very first time this past summer. I was up in the Nor-Cal Sierras, had three long road construction delays with no possibility of turning around. Fortunately for me, I'm at the top of a long gradual decline. Snort-fart and semi-silence as the engine dies.

I pull in the clutch lever, and coast down hill. Again, fortunately for me, there was a sizable gravel section off the side of the road... a safe place to dismount and assess the situation: no gas.

Now, this is all fairly remote country. It's late in the afternoon. I am rather hesitant leaving my Ninja in such a vulnerable location to hike God only knows how long to find gas. I walk down the next chute and around a long sweeping left - no sign of civilization. GPS is not functioning because of the mountains & dense forest.

So, I get on the phone (poor signal, but grateful for any signal) and call A³. They send out a tow operator (in a small p/u truck) w/2.5 gal of petrol. He gets there remarkably fast. I'm grateful to have the 636 running again. I ask him if he can recommend a place to stay and to dine at. He pops a name for each question. I ask '... is it far... ', he says 'no'; folds the $65.00 cash I just paid him into his stained shirt pocket. He thanks me for the business and hands me my receipt.

Three more corners on I come upon the motel, ¾ of a mile beyond that I come upon two gas stations. Welcome to Quincy, CA. The experience: Priceless! It could have turned out a whole lot worse.

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The one time I ran out of gas on the bike, I was right across the street from a gas station.

If I remember correctly, I was actually headed to another gas station that was a bit further down the road, but I didn't make it that far.

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To the original poster.... Get AAA... And use your gas gauge if you have one or use your trip meter. I usually fill up at around every 80-100 miles on my 2015 ZX6R
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use your gas gauge if you have one or use your trip meter. I usually fill up at around every 80-100 miles on my 2015 ZX6R
I never thought of that.
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When my 636 was brand new nearly, I ran out of gas and had to push the bike 4-5 blocks to a nearby gas station, on mostly flat sidewalk, and I felt like I was gonna die. Wearing full gear lol.

I always fill up around 110-120 miles on the trip meter max now.
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