Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Almost had to walk,
Yesterday I attempted to stretch another tank to the 300 mile mark.
I had turned to 'Reserve' last Sunday at about the 240 mile mark. I left the house showing 246 miles and knew it could be very close. Took the local loop rides around the outskirts of Lander, WY never more than 15 miles from town.
While riding up-grade on WY Hwy 131 Sinks Canyon State Park, I had to tip it over the 1st time at mile 285.
Continued up-grade to only mile 290 before it 'sputterd out' again. About 12 miles from town, tipped it over for the 2nd time. Turned around. Time to sink or swim. But plenty of people out that could / might pick-up a hitch-hiker.
Down hill I go, being as gentle as possible. Ran out again at mile 296. "I might just have to thumb a ride". But I know there is still a little bit of fuel left. Still down hill. I choose to Cheat, and Coasted to the 300.1 mile mark, which just happened to be up-hill, at the end of a bridge guard-railing.
3rd and final attempt. Tipped it over facing 45 degrees back up the roadway towards traffic, until the handle-bar was on the ground, front wheel high. That is ALL I'm gonna get.
Running the engine only on up-grades or flats, hit the kill switch and clutch to coast when possible, I made it to the filling station!
303.8 miles, 5.894 gallons, 51.5439 MPG.
5.928 gallon Max. ever used, minus 5.894 = 0.034 gallon remaining.
I would not have made it, if I had run my loops backward or if I hadn't cheated.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
Last edited by pdwestman; 10-19-2015 at 02:39 PM.