I’ve never run out of gas…until now.

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See that picture out on a Kansas farm road, somewhere in the middle of nowhere with a nice angle shot of my Suzuki Dual Sport?

Yeah…that was actually a picture that I took last night as I was testing out my bike after I made a few modifications on it. I don’t typically ride this motorcycle much, and I forget how much fun it is. I mention the modifications because I think it threw off my assumption that I had gas in my gas tank. Let me explain…

Firstly, this bike (Suzuki DR650) doesn’t have a gas gauge. So the best way to “know” how much you’ve got available is to reset your trip odometer every time you fill up and know that at about 100 miles, it’s time to pull over. That and you can give it the “slosh” test. Bikers know what I mean. I wasn’t hearing any sloshing at all!

Secondly – and the most important part about my mistake – is that I re-jetted the carburetor, twice. This meant disassembling the carburetor twice, dumping all of the gas out of it, and letting the bike sit idling while tuning it. This doesn’t add miles to the odometer; but it definitely takes gasoline out of the tank!

So once I was done messing with my new airbox, carburetor and exhaust setup I had to take it out and of course, run by the gas station. In fact, you can see the gas station in the distance of this picture, but I just wasn’t interested in walking the bike up and down the hill. I showed 86 miles on my odometer, and pop…it stopped running.

So I did what any good dad would do. I called my son to bring me a gallon of gas. I always keep a spare gallon in my truck (Google: “Rotopax Toyota Rail Mount” if you’re interested) and made him get out to Stanley, Kansas and let me fill up my tank.

All in all it wasn’t a terrible experience. I stayed calm, watched the sun go down and luckily had my phone…or otherwise I would have had to push my bike about a mile. Still, could have been worse.

Many of you might suggest that I simply move my gas petcock to the “res” (reserve) position but unfortunately I was running on reserve. Ain’t that my luck! 😉

Let it be known. I ran out of gas last night, and just when I thought only my daughter could do such a thing!

Have a good afternoon, Ryan

Broken Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″?

Hello M:R Nation –

Thursday has arrived and it’s starting to get colder here in the Kansas City area. There are talks of snow this coming Monday and I for one am not ready! Granted, I think we have had it pretty good, as it is almost the second week of December and we have yet to see snow. So I have to get my dual sport riding in while I can. “If it is dry, I will ride”, thats my motto.

Moving along… Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ Glass Repair Service is only $69.00? This is an unbelievably low price that many people have been taking advantage of lately. This tablet has been out for a good year now and the older these devices get, the more we see which is interesting. My theory on this comes from personal experience. The less new something becomes to me, the less I take extra precaution with it. Now, do I do this consciously? I don’t, it is just something that naturally happens and if you are anything like me (a human) you probably do the same thing.

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Please, don’t take this as me saying you don’t take care of your things, this is not where I am heading with this 🙂 This is purely an observation of my own subconscious. So if you do find yourself in the same position with your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ or even your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″, we have the cure for you, send it over to Mission:Repair and let us repair it for you!

We are preparing pretty exciting projects here at Mission:Repair so keep checking back for the great deals, new services and witty blog posts from yours truly!

Cheers, Troy