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Old 2nd October 2006
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Make sure you can hit reserve while underway!

I know this has been discussed here on the forum before, but I just had an experience with it and wanted to post something about it again for a refresher.

Had a situation this weekend that went down like this: One car in front of me, me following. We pass an old guy on the side of the road, he almost pulls out in front of us. Whether he can't see or he's impatient, I don't know. I see him pull out, and then coming up behind me, at a pretty good clip.

Meantime, a car pulls out in front of the car in front of me! So, I'm braking for that and at the same time, I'm keeping an eye on the geezer RAPIDLY closing in on my rear.

About this time the bike surges and dies! and I manange to turn the petcock to reserve with my new bulky winter gloves I'm trying out for the first time. The bike catches again, but not after I have a pretty good scare. That was a lot going on in a very short period of time----and if I couldn't have gotten to the petcock and got reserve going quickly....well things might not have turned out so good.

So the moral of this little story is:

LEARN how to get that reserve fuel on FAST!
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You got that right Mel. We should all practice this just as we practice making small turns.
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Good advice!!!


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My Petcock is on the right...........Very easy to pull the clutch, coast and
open reserve with my right hand. Still have the foot brake if needed and
not much loss in speed.

Your situation was scary though SG............
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Never tried with winter gloves prob should, thanks
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Very sage advice. I still have a hard time locating reserve on my Sporty--even after more than two years of ownership. I just make it a habit of topping off the tank when I reach 100 miles.

Glad you came out ok!
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I normally don't like to advertise for them but that's why I got the chromey-crap thing for the petcock. It is round and easier to grab onto.

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Quick thinking on your part. Glad your OK.
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Thats why I love my E.F.I never have to worry about that anymore.
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Should be 2nd nature to anyone that rides, if not make sure your not caught in a "target fixation" mode as you run out. Happy riding.
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