Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Montgomery Village, MD, USA
Out of gas tale
This past Friday the 13th I ran out of gas on my recently purchased 2003 K12RS. It is 6:30AM (38 degrees and patchy fog) and I am on a well-traveled side route in upper Montgomery, MD when the bike starts to sputtered and then stall. What the F***? I pull to the side into someone's driveway. I have yet to purchase a set of cases so I am not traveling with my usual emergency kit which contains a flashlight. Everything tells me it is out of gas, but I have no light to look into the tank. This puzzles me with only 143 miles on the trip odometer. I call my wife and she heads out with some gas. After about 30 minutes a wonderful person by the name of Mario stops to check on me and offer some gas. We put about 1 gallon in and the bike fires right up. I attempt to call my wife but she has not turned on her cellphone. I ask myself, why did we get another cellphone if she is not going to turn it on? I leave that one alone and move on to looking for a place to relieve my bladder. No luck, considering I am dressed in multple layers it wouldn't be an easy task anyway. I wait another 30 minutes for my wife to arrive. I add her gas, tell her how much I love her, explain that phones are only useful if they are turned on, start the bike and head off to the gas station a few miles down the road. NO RESTROOM.
143 miles? This is the most mileage I have ridden on this bike before refueling. The low fuel light comes on around 90 miles. The gas gauge was sitting on empty but who believes that? I have noticed that the gauge was not showing as completely filled when I have been filling up lately? Is there a trick to getting this tank topped off properly. I will monitor my mileage to see if perhaps my MPG is the problem. I thought I should be getting 190-200 miles out of a tank.