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    gas availability

    On the way west after the rally I'll be in southern montana to try thr Bear tooth highway. Are ther any stretchs longer than the 200 or so I get between gas stops?
    thanks, robert

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    The system I try to use off the slab out west is to not pass a station if I have less than 100 miles range left. That's pretty conservative, but there are lots of places where gas is 50-80 miles apart. There are also "towns" on the map that aren't there anymore and towns with no gas.
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    OK.I'll get a jerry can in Cody.

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    I've been on that route, at least from Cody to the NE gate of Yellowstone and had no problem getting gas. Actually never a problem anywhere. We always filled up if there was gas available regardless of how much was in the tanks.
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    gas availabiliy

    Robert:

    If you're planning on any travel just north of the Beartooth, The Mid Continent Fuel Gap is an area in which you want to be careful with fuel management, and is bounded by Big Timber and Harlowton on the east, and White Sulphur Springs and Great Falls on the west. Neihart and Monarch have gas, but Neihart only has regular and I'm not sure if Monarch has premium. I don't go into the Gap without full fuel; we've had two close calls with fuel starvation in there.

    In the immediate Beartooth area, there's gas at Cody, Red Lodge, Cooke City, so no problem.

    When I bought my new oiler two years ago, the first thing I did, in anticipation of touring in Montana, was get an opinion from BMW Canada on whether I could burn low octane (85) gas for short distances. They said no problem.

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    Traveling out west you need to watch the time of the day. Many smaller stations close early and open late. Then there is that ethanol problem. Will your bike run on it?

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    Fuel around Bear Tooth

    No worries about fuel when riding Bear Tooth Pass. Fuel up in Cody, and DON'T MISS Wyoming SR-296 that leads to US-212 going up the pass towards Red Lodge. It is an *outstanding* road.

    Fuel up again in Red Lodge. Repeat Bear Tooth Pass if you're headed via Yellowstone. (Road are different rides as you ride each way!)

    Next tip is: If it looks as if the top of Bear Tooth is "in weather" with clouds, slip on a jacket or even a rain jacket at the intersection of SR-296 and US-212. It can be cold any time of year at 10,900+ feet, and there aren't lay-bys every 100 feet on the way up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopwatch View Post
    No worries about fuel when riding Bear Tooth Pass. Fuel up in Cody, and DON'T MISS Wyoming SR-296 that leads to US-212 going up the pass towards Red Lodge. It is an *outstanding* road.

    Fuel up again in Red Lodge. Repeat Bear Tooth Pass if you're headed via Yellowstone. (Road are different rides as you ride each way!)

    Next tip is: If it looks as if the top of Bear Tooth is "in weather" with clouds, slip on a jacket or even a rain jacket at the intersection of SR-296 and US-212. It can be cold any time of year at 10,900+ feet, and there aren't lay-bys every 100 feet on the way up.

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    I just had to add...every road is a different ride, going the other way!

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    Cutting across outback South Dakota I ran into headwinds and was in trouble with fuel. Crossing a reservation I saw a sign that said 'GAS' no octane rating or alcohol content shown. Whatever it was my R1200R had no trouble burning it and I didn't have to walk.

    I've ridden with people that won't put regular in their bike when premium isn't available, and risk walking. Naturally depending on the people their riding with to get gas if they run out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogu83 View Post
    I've ridden with people that won't put regular in their bike when premium isn't available, and risk walking. Naturally depending on the people their riding with to get gas if they run out.
    You need to be a little more picky on who you ride with
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    Heavens to Betsy. I live here and have been riding around willy-nilly, completely unaware of the danger I was in of running out of gas in the vast, barren gaps between the sparse fuel points. Well now at least I know.
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    It's not Montana but not too far away. I made a little photo at the Nevada/Utah border looking to the east which emphasizes the fuel issue:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    It's not Montana but not too far away. I made a little photo at the Nevada/Utah border looking to the east which emphasizes the fuel issue:

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    That is not unusual in the vast west. TX hwy 118 runs past my house. It is 80 miles between gas in Alpine and gas in Study Butte.

    Roswell, NM to Vaughn, NM is 96 miles between gas stations. Again, not unusual at all.

    For folks from more urban or congested areas it takes getting used to.

    p.s. I keep gas at the house for those who miscalculate. Always a few times a year.
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    Ely, NV to Tonopah, NV. 167 miles with no fuel. And no, there is no gas--or anything else--at Warm Springs, even tho it is an intersection of two important highways. Used to be able to get a top-up at Black Rock Station, but it is also closed/gone.

    Unless you are carrying aux fuel, it's always a good idea when traveling in the west to work in the top half of your tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    It's not Montana but not too far away. I made a little photo at the Nevada/Utah border looking to the east which emphasizes the fuel issue:

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    I'm going to be using this road coming from, and going to, Los Angeles. I've been wondering if I should get a bottle for extra fuel (even a liter and a half should be good for 15 miles).

    Then again, I can just be conservative in filling up. I should be able to get 300+ miles on a tank full in the RT.
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