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I have read many times where people lose power, but none who switch their fuel lever.
I have lost power twice for a brief time, but both times on the same tank of gas I flipped the fuel lever from "on" to "reserve."
The first time it worked. Then later I flipped it back to "on."
Same tank of gas, many miles later and a few days later, same thing happens at a lower speed but I switch to "reserve" again and the power comes back.
Now I know I had enough gas. There was no sputtering either just a power drop.
My bike is pretty new also, 2007 less than 300 miles.
Any thoughts on this oddity? I have not had it happen since I filled back up.
If it was bad gas I believe I would have had more problems with that tank.
 

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You're correct

I had the misconception that the only symptom of low gas was sputtering and such.
I was misinformed as to the fact that the first symptom of low gas is that you lose power.
I also thought that the reserve was less than it is. I did not know it tapped the last 20% of your tank. I figured it was 10% or so.
I thought it was much less and provided about 20 miles, when in reality it provides 40-50 miles of reserve.
So it kicks in sooner and gives us more distance than I thought.
Thanks for the good information. +1
Everyone learn how to switch your petcock without looking! It can save you some headache.
 
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