Today on my ride home from work I ran out of gas headed onto the Richmond connector from the Alex Fraser (thank god I didn't run out on the bridge). I managed to coast over to the shoulder without getting creamed, and a blue/white R6 pulls up beside me. The female rider asks what the problem was, and I say gas. I wasn't too far from the Shell station, so I figured I could walk the bike there. She says no problem, she'll go bring a small jerry of gas back, and she's got bungies to hold the can.
She takes off, and I figure I might as well start pushing. I knew if I got to the Westminster Hwy exit I could coast down the hill towards the station and save her the trouble of trying to double back on the highway. To make a long story short, she brings me a bunch of gas then refuses to take any cash for it. "Pay it forward," she said.
My faith in humanity has been restored once again by an act of kindness. Thanks, rider, you rock!
Now for other half of the story. This is the second time in two months I've run out of gas after only about 3-5km on reserve, and after only 200km on a tankful. Last summer I would switch to reserve at 190-220km (depending on how agro I was with the throttle) then be good for another 30-40km on reserve. I don't seem to be leaking gas, and I'm certain I'm filling the tank enough to get the reserve full.
The only thing I can think of is that my reserve line must be plugging up. I used Sta-bil over the winter, but in hindsight I don't think I ran any stabilized gas through the reserve petcock. Could this be it? Any one have any other ideas?