You know how the gas gauge gets down to 15 miles on the RID, and then goes blank........ and you pull into a station to get a "fill'em up" only to find that it'll only take 5.2 or 5.5 gallons?? Sheesh.....the tank is suppose to hold 6.5G, right?
Well this past Saturday I rode out to see SeaMarshall. The previous day I had noticed that the RID was doing mileage countdown thing (and the the little gaspump icon coming on at 65-75 miles) Not long after getting on the freeway (I-90E) that morning I noticed that the "miles to empty" figure was showing 18 miles...then 17....then 16....then 15...before show the ----- marks. So, I said to myself "SELF......all previous indications would tell us that with 15 miles showing, and the fact that we've ALWAYS been able to cram only 5+ gallons into the tank....we should be able to get out to his place, and then back to the Chevron station before needing anymore GOJUICE"
So, I kept going.....got to Tim's little abode out in the trees....chatted it up a bit. then hit the road back home. Exactly 27 miles after the ----- showed up, and while driving uphill.....she (Geezer Glider) came to a halt along side the road. But I wasn't worried because I had one of those REI gas bottle thingies in the right bag!! After being VERY, VERY careful (didn't spill a drop)
I fired her back up, and headed to my usual Chevron pick-me-up station. As I'm driving on down the road, I'm thinking "hmmmmmm....that little bottle holds how much??? Maybe a Qt or a Liter??.....so at my usual 45 mpg I should get somewheres about 14 miles before I'll be in trouble again..." So I drove on....using all my carefully learned techniques for getting the most miles out of the least amount of gas (you know....coasting down the hills with the clutch pulled in.....getting up to speed quickly and coasting some more...that kind of thing). Well, when I hit 15 miles.....it started the "death throes" thing again, this time just before the top of a small hill...so I coasted to the top and as we got over the "hump" it started running smoothly again. Only one more small hill between me and the pumps.....c'mon baby....c'mon!!
Gave her some more gas and accelerated to way over the speed limit, before pulling in the clutch.........the lights green!! Go baby go!! Still green!! Oh noooooo....it's red!! No traffic to the left....got into the bicycle lane on the right, 4 cars stopped.....nobody has their right signal on.....no traffic coming from the right.....make the corner.....shoot across the street to the Shell station and up their driveway (5-6' elevation to the pumps) bike feels like it's still running good, and I let go of the clutch and twist the throttle a tad.......and now it's running on 2...maybe 3 cylinders....................but I get just enough speed to coast to the pumps.......the bike dies with some coughing noises (sounds like it really needs a tune-up kinda noises, spittin' and sputtering, ya know). Exactly 15.4 miles out of that little REI bottle....maybe I should carry 2 of these things!! I fill it first, because I really want to know how much it'll hold.....when the foam starts coming out the top I shut it off, and see.... point two six six (.266 Gallon). Filling the tank on the bike gets me 6.606 gallons (not counting the bottle).
Now you guys don't have to wonder anymore, huh?