How many have run out of gas?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by spyke hyzer, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I was almost through my first gallon of 16:1 gas and i wanted to run it all of out of the tank before adding new 20:1. I figured I had about 20 miles left in the tank. You guessed it I ran out about 10 miles into the ride. Luckily I was 2 blocks from a c- store in downtown KC. I was suprised to find 2 stoke oil on the shelf, that and $1.60 worth of gas and I was on my way,well after 3 people gathered around to check my bike out. The next thing I add to my bike kit,3 oz. of 2 stroke oil.
    One thing I did learn was, don't think 3.2 oz. of oil will fit in the tank if you put 0.5 gal in first

  2. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Always add the oil and other additives to the tank or gas can before fueling. It'll get mixed up from the fuel being poured or pumped in with no shaking needed. I find it always necessary to set my trip odometer on any of my vehicles or bikes and then run them to empty with extra fuel on hand to find out my normal range. That way you'll never be guessing if you have enough fuel to get where you're going. I like carrying an auxiliary fuel bottle on me even for short rides. You never know if you're going to decide to go further or maybe even if you have a fuel leak. I always carry 2 stroke oil in a little container just in case.

    And no I've never run out of gas, in any vehicle.
  3. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    Yea I added the oil first and was only able to get .42 gal in the tank so im probably running closer to the 16:1 mixture again. This little HT motor seems to run better each time I ride it and it gets more broken in.
    I haven't hooked up my computer yet , I read on here the RF interference causes them to not work properly, I need to hook it up and see for myself.
  4. B.K. Hosken

    B.K. Hosken Member

    My computer works fine, I haven't had any problems. It's a cateye. I JUST ran out of gas today, but was about 1/2 mile from home so I got lucky. I will top off from now on before riding.
  5. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    Mine is a Bell cheapo, I'm going to hook it up tonight, maybe it'll work fine.
    The more I ride my bike the more I learn,I didn't know learning was so much fun.
  6. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    The wired cyclecomputers shouldn't have any problem at all. I have like 3 cheap Bell computers from wallyworld that have been running for quite a long time with no problems.
  7. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    My first day riding my first build I put only a small amount of fuel in the tank.
    I didn't worry about that because the valve has a reserve position. I rode it all around town until I felt it run out. I then turned the valve over to the reserve position and the bike still wouldn't run. So I pedaled it home (not very comfortable) and decided that I can't count on a reserve. But I just keep the tank mostly full.

    And thinking about it a bit, something similar happened to me on a motorcycle about twenty years ago. I had forgotten all about it. I remember some co-workers laughing at me; "How can you run out of fuel on a bike?" I had to patch that tank a few times and eventually bought another. I suppose that fuel valve was messed up somehow.
  8. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    I havent run out, although it was pretty close last night - a 12 mile run from home to wivenhoe and back to visit a friend.

    Its best to avoid running out on a two stroke motor because that can cause engine damage due to loss of lubrication at mid/high engine speeds. With a four stroke its just an inconvenience.

    I have to keep an eye on the petrol tank on mine because its tiny - I get about 22-24 miles range out of a tank.

    Jemma xx
  9. Accender

    Accender Member

    My gas pod holds 1/2 litre.
    I was on a ride, got concerned about fuel and looked. Nothing, a thin film of gas
    was on the bottom of the tank. It really looked empty. I could not shake the bike
    and see any liquid movment.
    I rode the next 7 miles home and made it. With the engine still running I pulled off the
    cap and looked again (Nothing)
    These things can run on air i tell ya.
    I now carry a campers fuel cell of 3/4 litre.
    The extra cell (REI $20 USD) gives me piece of mind.
    No I never "ran out"

  10. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    On my way to the MBc Ralley, I ran out of gas about 20 miles out of Long Beach. Slowed my arrival considerably.
  11. DougC

    DougC Guest

    I ran out of gas about two miles from home, on the second test-ride I took.

    I have a 2-gal gas can in a bracket now, and I always fill it completely (plus the engine's tank) before taking off on my rural multi-hour wanderings. I prefer not to worry about gas at all.
  12. flyer1

    flyer1 Guest

    I ran out once coasting into my driveway,got lucky! these littlle 1/2 liter tanks are a definite issue.I find myself constantly topping off for fear of running out.Must get an aux tank soon,probably an H.T. type.

    The Bell speedos work real well,but don't seem real durable.Mine did not survive a crash,it's real confused at the moment.At about $10.00 (Walmart) their easily replaced.

    My most needed list includes.Aux. fuel tank,"Good" headlight.
  13. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I thought the HT 2 liter tanks were small, what kind of range does a 1/2 liter give you? I like the reliability factor of the weedeater motors but a larger gas tank would be needed in short order.

    I hooked up my bell computer and it worked for about 7 miles then wouldn't read anything. I need to look into a cable speedo, they are probably more reliable

    Last night I ran over 2/3 of a tank of gas on my ride through town, kind of made me nervous when I was in the hood. I didn't know if they wanted to MBjack me or just liked my bike?
  14. flyer1

    flyer1 Guest


    I get about 20 miles/tank.The 1/2 gallon H.T. type would be bring up to about 60 miles which I think would be fine.I wouldn't want to be encumbered with the weight of a multi-gallon arrangement.

    I would check the battery on the speedo,these things may have been sitting for a while, I found I had to change mine out shortly after purchase.They also changed the battery # so you have to "cross-reference" if you will.
  15. Jdude

    Jdude New Member

    Like DougC, I also have a 2 gallon gas tank in a bracket. That two gallons and the little bit in the factory tank (22 oz?) will provide me a complete week's travel for 1/10 the fuel cost of my car.

    I have on occasion forgotten to transfer gas from the can to the little tank, and have puttered out on the road requiring refill.
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    have ran out a few times -- not much of a big deal with my MB

    converted my bicycle water bottle into a spare gas tank

    first water bottle -- gas melted an internal O-ring in bottle
    second one -- has been holding up well

    probably not the best way to carry extra gas -- but - seems to work.

    Ride That Thing - from Mountainman
  17. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    Mountainman, do you use the metal bottles for camping fuel or just a regular water bottle? I was thinking about something like that as a "reserve" tank for extended trips. A small 4ox. bottle of oil is probably more convienent though.
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hey spyke

    it is just a regular bicycle type water bottle -- second one used

    note: first water bottle used - had an O-ring that melted due to gas
    that is not something we want in our gas - little particles of rubber

    also note: these are in no way rated (safe) for storage of gas
    talking about some thin plastic here

    it just happens to be working fine for me

    Ride That Thing - Mountainman
  19. andrewdavis19

    andrewdavis19 Member

    I use a 24 oz Gatorade bottle a little over half full of premixed, then mash it close to flat and bungee it to the under side of my rack. No rubber seals or any other junk to dissolve into the fuel. Having a 4 oz bottle of 2 stroke oil on a deserted backroad wont do you any good. Ran out 8 miles from home on a road that averages 1 house per mile. LoL! Don't forget that you can use the underside of your rear rack too!! 09-14-08_1823.jpg
  20. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    Ok... I have to ask - what is with that exhaust set up?

    Although it does answer a question I had - as to whether its possible to invert the usual silencer to run a tail pipe along the toptube to abaft the seatpost..

    Dont you worry about leaks from a normal drinks bottle?

    Jemma xx