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I finally did it. Ran out of fuel today. I've been going longer and longer, in very small increments, to see where the bottom of the tank actually is. After completely emptying the tank, I was able to squeeze in a little over 6 (6.035 to be exact) gallons (US gallons) into the tank. Once fulled up, I primed the pump 3 times, and away I went to burn the fresh fuel.

Second Clue You Are Running Low on Fuel
So, we all know the low fuel lamp comes on when there's roughly a gallon (US gallon) of fuel left in the tank. I've found a second clue that will tell you you're running very low. When starting the bike, the fuel pump normally makes a continuous buzz when you have plenty of fuel in the tank. When it starts making a two tone buzz, almost as if it's only catching some fuel, that's when you know you're only a few miles from bone dry empty. I've had it there yesterday, but kept going short little trips of 1-5 miles around the house.

This morning I was going straight to the gas station, as by my calculations there was no gas left in the tank at all. And I was right. Only made it to within 300 feet of the gas station. Had to hop off and push the rest of the way. :D Lucky me, the push was slightly downhill (except for the ramp into the gas station) and there was a bike lane on that portion of the road, so it was an easy exercise of looking macho - not a lot of effort was required. :p
 

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Damn; you did it wrong cr. You were supposed to roll in to the station right as it started missin a little and stop at the pump and have it die right there! ;) At least it was down hill!
 

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Damn; you did it wrong cr. You were supposed to roll in to the station right as it started missin a little and stop at the pump and have it die right there! ;) At least it was down hill!
Yeah, I miscalculated. By the way, there was no missing. I stopped at the last light before the gas station, and when it turned green, that's when I was out. I started it again, and it ran for about 2 seconds, and just died. :)
 

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At least you were luck to be so close. Wouldn't be my luck. The last time I ran out of fuel was in 1982 at 2:00 a.m. On the 60 in industry trying to make it to the truck stop at the 60/605 interchange had to call my wife to come and help me. It wasn't good.
 

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Good to know. I haven't even gotten to a 5 gallon fill up so I know I can push it more. How many miles did you go on this tank?
 

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At least you were luck to be so close. Wouldn't be my luck. The last time I ran out of fuel was in 1982 at 2:00 a.m. On the 60 in industry trying to make it to the truck stop at the 60/605 interchange had to call my wife to come and help me. It wasn't good.
Ouch. I wouldn't want to be stuck in an unknown area at 2am, with my tank empty. Glad you came out alright from that experience - looks like you'll never forget it though. :)

Good to know. I haven't even gotten to a 5 gallon fill up so I know I can push it more. How many miles did you go on this tank?
238.4 miles from full 'till empty. They were about half freeway miles 65-80mph, and half were boulevard stop and accelerate miles. One could surely get 240 or even 250 miles out of a full tank, but that's too close for comfort. I pushed it downhill, in the morning hours. I wouldn't want to be pushing it uphill, or for a longer distance, especially if it's hot outside.
 

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You got guts! I would have thrown a gallon in the saddlebag about 20 miles after the light came on. At least you got close and it was downhill; on a heavy @$$ed cross bike 300 feet would feel more like 3000 feet if you had to push it up hill.

To be honest I'm kind of surprised that you didn't get a lot more miles out of your overfill. Maybe it's the city miles that ate up the gas. I got my personal best mpg yesterday driving up to Idaho. I averaged 75 with a couple of passes up to 85 and got 52.13 mpg on 87 octane (with 10% ethanol).
 

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You got guts! I would have thrown a gallon in the saddlebag about 20 miles after the light came on. At least you got close and it was downhill; on a heavy @$$ed cross bike 300 feet would feel more like 3000 feet if you had to push it up hill.

To be honest I'm kind of surprised that you didn't get a lot more miles out of your overfill. Maybe it's the city miles that ate up the gas. I got my personal best mpg yesterday driving up to Idaho. I averaged 75 with a couple of passes up to 85 and got 52.13 mpg on 87 octane (with 10% ethanol).
Well, I did have to push it up into the gas station, and it wasn't very steep at all, and only 10 feet long or so, but that was the hardest part. I was concerned with losing the balance and dropping the bike. Caught a little speed and pushed as hard as I could. If the pushing were even slightly uphill, I would've had to call for help. Glad I was able to muscle my horse to the water.

My mileage is not that great at the moment as I'm doing a lot of short rides. Got a job close to home, so my old 45 minute freeway trips have turned into a little over 5 minute short rides on local streets.
 

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Cross roads and I are from the same school of let her sit there and warm up, and that kills the milage. My milage is bout the same as yours ammo when I fill it up and go on a ride. Down to mid to low fortys commuting to work.
 

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Fuel light does seem to come on very early.
But, I don't get anywhere near the type of MPG you guys claim. I go to about 150 miles, and fill up will be about 4.5 gallons. That's at best 35 MPG...

But, my typical work week is a lot of stop and go commute traffic. Plus I ride her hard and put her up wet! :rolleyes:
 

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If I get more than 45mpg I'm impressed. Thanks for doing this cross, I hate squeezing in a bit over 4 gallons when the light comes on... ran out of gas once a long time ago on a bike and vowed never to push it (pun intended) again
 

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If I get more than 45mpg I'm impressed. Thanks for doing this cross, I hate squeezing in a bit over 4 gallons when the light comes on... ran out of gas once a long time ago on a bike and vowed never to push it (pun intended) again
LOL

Well, now we know, if you top your tank to where gas is almost in the fueling cup, you have a total of six US gallons, including fumes! :)

Consumption varies based on too many factors to mention. Best thing is to know your MPG and that way know where that absolute limit is so you never go over it - and that way you never have to push or call road side assistance.
 

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Ouch. I wouldn't want to be stuck in an unknown area at 2am, with my tank empty. Glad you came out alright from that experience - looks like you'll never forget it though. :)
Most of the people reading this may not realize it but there were no cell phones in 1982 so the ONLY way he could call his wife was to hoof it to a phone booth. The 70s & 80's might have been the age of computers but the next two decade have definitely been the years of cellphones.

Yea, we are spoiled these days
 

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You got guts! I would have thrown a gallon in the saddlebag about 20 miles after the light came on. At least you got close and it was downhill; on a heavy @$$ed cross bike 300 feet would feel more like 3000 feet if you had to push it up hill.

To be honest I'm kind of surprised that you didn't get a lot more miles out of your overfill. Maybe it's the city miles that ate up the gas. I got my personal best mpg yesterday driving up to Idaho. I averaged 75 with a couple of passes up to 85 and got 52.13 mpg on 87 octane (with 10% ethanol).
Why are you running such a low octane? Does the bike not ping?
 

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Why are you running such a low octane? Does the bike not ping?
I was thinking the same thing. What's up?

CR: In the old days when the bike ran out of gas and we had to push it to the gas station; it was called "motor hiking". I have no idea who came up with the term but you are now an official motor hiker. :D

PS: Back then we didn't have fuel gauges or speedometers (on the choppers) so it was easy to mis-gauge the need for gas.
 

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Most of the people reading this may not realize it but there were no cell phones in 1982 so the ONLY way he could call his wife was to hoof it to a phone booth. The 70s & 80's might have been the age of computers but the next two decade have definitely been the years of cellphones.

Yea, we are spoiled these days
Yes it was about 3/4 of a mile each way to the pay phone at in-n-out.Oh, btw, nothing was open late back then either! We are spoiled these days!
 

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My "low fuel" light usually comes on between the 189-199 mile mark. (this is going by the tripometer) I don't trust the range idicator. As the increments in which it drops are all over the place! Typically, once the fuel light comes on I go ahead and top off. Mainly the light just gets on my nerves and secondly I ain't taking any chances!...lol. Luckily you were pushing down hill ;)
It usually takes anywhere from 2.9 to 4.2 gallons to top it back off. In the mornings I take the interstate to work @ 65-70 mph. Then, take the back roads home 60-65 mph. I'm averaging around 44 mpg. I have noticed though that @ 75 mph my mileage drops like a rock!!
 

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interesting exercise....do you thinks you stressed the fuel pump? i mean the two tone squeal part make me wince...

given my ride - fun twist at lights to 50 and then in a pocket...50-65 on most desert 2 lanes and 70 or so hwy...80 or so on long distance hwy...i seem to get in the high 40s....at a bit over 12k now....plenty of clunks too....bout like the old honda really...in this regard only...
 

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interesting exercise....do you thinks you stressed the fuel pump? i mean the two tone squeal part make me wince...
No, I don't think so. I've done it several times as I've been pushing longer and longer on each tank. I've noticed the two tone sound but did not know how much more fuel was there after that sound shows up. It's most likely the pump working harder at sucking up the low fuel - because there were possibly some 10-15 more miles from the moment when the two-tone whirl started. It's not like the pump was running on air. Maybe kevinX has the answer. Anyhow, I've done it many times, and my pump works just fine. Hope this helps.
 
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