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    Riding out west I never missed an opportunity to fill up.
    Same when going through British Columbia and the Yukon, you just get gas when you can as sometimes an entire town can be out of fuel up there too..
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    You really can't depend of your gas mileage when traveling through the vast nothing (it does have it's own kind of beauty). Running into a 35/40 MPH head wind can do some nasty things to your MPG. Best to be careful, take a break, hydrate and fill up at half a tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alegerlotz View Post
    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.
    On an RT or any other bike with 200+ mile range, you won't need a bottle. Carry more water instead. When someone runs out of fuel in the west it is generally not so much a fuel availability problem as a fuel management problem. Manage wisely, and keep in mind that it takes less time to stop and fuel when you "don't need it" than to get roadside assistance when you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogu83 View Post
    Best to be careful, take a break, hydrate and fill up at half a tank.

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    That is my preference too. Keeps me comfortable in many ways. Us old guys like our comforts.
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    Y'all are scaring me

    Never miss an opportunity to pee or fill up ...whichever comes first, do both

    I'm such a renegade, I fill up on my sidestand as well when out in the wide open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogu83 View Post
    You really can't depend of your gas mileage when traveling through the vast nothing (it does have it's own kind of beauty). Running into a 35/40 MPH head wind can do some nasty things to your MPG. Best to be careful, take a break, hydrate and fill up at half a tank.

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    Not trying to hijack but...you mentioned the beauty of the vast nothingness....and your right

    And yes....when out west if ya see gas....buy gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogu83 View Post
    You really can't depend of your gas mileage when traveling through the vast nothing (it does have it's own kind of beauty). Running into a 35/40 MPH head wind can do some nasty things to your MPG. Best to be careful, take a break, hydrate and fill up at half a tank.
    So can 20 over the speed limit, and some of those limits out west are way high to begin with. Some advice here: http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/IBMag6-p58-62.pdf

    Higher speeds = less mpg's.
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    While there can be routes plotted with little access to gas, I think it is a little overstated, especially in the last few years as gas station/convenience stores have popped up all over. Gas is available on most roads, and with a little route planning, you will never run out. I would also agree with the suggestions to carry plenty of water. Personally, I use a camelback and drink continuously as I ride. Dehydration can be really, really bad for you. Remember, you need to drink enough so that you need to pee every fuel stop or more, and if your pee is dark yellow, drink more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post

    HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alegerlotz View Post
    HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.
    I just tried that link and it worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alegerlotz View Post
    HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.
    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I just tried that link and it worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I just tried that link and it worked for me.

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    Its working for me now too. Thanks
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    When I went on my trip south from Seattle to Utah a few weeks ago, I used Bing maps to plot my gas station stops. You plot your route, then click on an icon that will show where gas stations are located.

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    OK .. riding my 2016 RT out and should be OK for gas from Charlotte to SLC and back. My long time riding buddy taught me a long time ago "never pass up the opportunity to pee and top off ... oh and never trust a fart! But my question is about octane?? Both my BMW's run fine on mid-grade but have never had to run on regular? Has anyone used octane booster? Is it needed?
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    You'll be fine finding mid grade along that entire route and finding gas will not be an issue what so ever even riding full to low fuel light.

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