First off I'd like to thank Inferno and the two other motorcyclist that each separely stopped and offered to help. It's good to know people are willing to stop and help out a fellow motorcyclist when they need help, even if they don't know who you are at the time. Thanks!
So I ran out of gas Friday coming back from Squamish. I was on the highway and I've already made it back to Vancouver and crossed the Second Narrows Bridge.
I was booting it through the tunnel that's just before the Rupert & 1st exit, when I ran out of gas. Confused I pulled the clutch in and just glided. Came out of the tunnel and pulled over to the left.....center median shoulder with concrete barrier. Big mistake. Should have pulled over right to the outside shoulder.....but I was confused and since I was in the left lane, just went with the closer shoulder. This just made it much more dangerous for me. Better odds of getting nailed by a speeding car booting it through the tunnel.
Unable to start my bike, and finding it's because I ran out of gas by shaking my bike and not hearing liquid.....I called my brother to bail me out and get some gas.
I left my lights on and blinker signaling so I would be more visable and not get nailed by a car.....it was about 8:30 or 9pm I think.....it was getting dark. I'm not sure whether it was a mistake to leave the lights on or not......because when my brother showed up with gas 30 to 45 minutes later, the battery was dead. So had to go home, steal my brother's battery (Has the same bike) and do a battery swap. It all worked out.....although scary swapping the battery in the center median shoulder with cars zipping by you at 100+ KM/H a few feet from you.
I think my first mistake was over-estimating my gas. I knew from my first year with my bike that it had about 220km before my warning light would come on......which still gave me about another 30 to 50 km before I was completely out of gas. Somewhere over the last 2 years.......that has changed, since my trip was reading 229 km when I ran out of gas. I think my riding style has changed.....I keep the bike going at higher rpm now.
Second mistake was relying on the low fuel warning light indicator. It never came on! My brother had the same problem last year on his R6, apparently the sensor breaks or something. The Dealership had to replace his sensor since they couldn't even get it to trip on.
SUMMARY (Yeah I talk a lot!)
1. When in doubt, don't chance it....refuel your bike.
2. Don't rely on your low fuel warning indicator if you have one.
3. Go right to the outside shoulder when pulling over.
4. Don't leave your lights on to drain your batteries. (Not sure if this was a mistake in my case.....sure lead to more problems though).
You know after hearing about a bunch of people running out of gas lately, makes me wonder whether I should carry a syphon tube in the trunk of my bike. That way if somebody runs out of gas they can syphon some from me, or vice versa. Maybe everybody should have one on their bikes.
Well not going to forget this lesion....on my Birthday too, of all days. Heh.....makes one interesting Birthday though.