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post #1 of 13 Old 06-10-2014, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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how should reserve work

Hi All,

I made it a point to run my klr down to reserve. It is a 2009 with 5000 miles. Bone stock. I achieved about 228 mikes on the tank. I was using unleaded premium but did not notice what the octane was. So anyway it conveineintly died in the parking lot at the factory. So by the way it was sputtering and bucking I assumed it finally ran out of gas. So I switched to reserve. I cranked on and off for about 5 minutes. Nothing. So I decided to go back to work finish my shift and then figure out what to do from there. So before bothering my daughter ( my wife works about an hour and a half away )with the details I decided to try it one more time. She started right up like always. Now me not being an overly trusting sole took about 3 laps around the lot. Perfect. No issues what-so-ever. So I rode to a gas station and filled her up. She started right up after gassing up. No issues. What do you suppose that was all about ?
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When you ran it out of fuel the lines and carb were dry. Takes a bit to fill it all back up.

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At least you didn't inadvertently turn it to "Off" like I've been known to do......



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Yup.

It's a good idea to practice switching to reserve while riding, too. Nothing worse than trying to find a petcock on the freeway or pulling over to the median.

FYI, I hit reserve at 200 and always fill up at 190. Almost always.




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When it happens to me I open and close the fuel cap and it starts right up. May be just a fluke. Only ran out twice before switching to reserve.
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It's a good idea to practice switching to reserve while riding, too. Nothing worse than trying to find a petcock on the freeway or pulling over to the median.
I once hit reserve on a new-to-me bike, didn't know how to reach the valve while riding. Not a good feeling. Had to pull-off to the side of a two-lane country road in the middle of the night to flip the lever after the bike died. Took a minute to get fuel down the lines and fill the bowl. I now reach for the fuel valve every few rides to keep the placing familiar.
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My wife previously rode fuel injected bikes and is not used to using the petcock yet. I used to remind her to turn the fuel on before we left but now I just watch and a couple of times she has sputtered to a stop down the street. She is now getting in the habit of turning the fuel on and is proficient at switching to reserve.
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I try to make it a point to remember, but invariably forget what way to turn it. I've avoided switches to reserve for quite awhile after learning to fill up when I hit 180 miles so now I've forgotten again.



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When you ran it out of fuel the lines and carb were dry. Takes a bit to fill it all back up.
I probably was a little impatient as I didn't know what to expect. To be honest with you I can't remember the last time I had a motorcycle on reserve. This is the first motorcycle I have owned that has gotten over 200 miles per tank. Most of my past bikes have needed fuel around 100.
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Mine's old school.
Took off ALL the vacuum lines, octopus, etc and all other safety switches and EPA crap.
Drilled a pinhole in the petcock diaphram and screwed it back together.
Less stuff that can leave a rider stranded in the middle of Timbuckthree
but I have to turn on the gas every time I ride, and check the kickstand they way we
did as kids and everyone before us. As soon as mine starts to fart n' sputter I flip the valve while riding.
Everyone should practice this a few times so as not to be surprised
nor cause damage to themselves haulin' butt in the third lane at 70mph.

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