On the way home from my ride today my bike started pulling funny, kind of like it was getting power then letting off then repeating. I wasnt moving the throttle, and i SHOULD have had plenty of gas left to get me home. Well suddenly i loose power and im coasting. downshift downshift downshift, i go from about 80 to 25 and see a cop w/ his lights on up ahead. i turn my reserve on, because i knew the symptoms were i was short on gas. but from what my trip counter was telling me i had at least 50 miles left before i'd even think of hitting reserve.
So i stop the bike. give it a few minutes, check for leaks, etc etc etc. Everything seems fine. only thing different i could possibly fathom was i was idling a bit too high, around 1500-1600... easily fixxed though, that couldnt be it.
I got back on the highway (w/ reserve on) and made it home the next 35-40 miles A-okay, no problems. didnt do any fast accelerating, nothing fancy, just wanted to get home and not be stranded.
Well about 4 blocks from my house i turn off the main road and start headin home. i got to give it some gas and it is lagging, bad... like real bad. like i opened up the throttle all the way and nothing.
again i suspect i have run out of gas. its is the obvious solution. but once again i should not BE out of gas. i even pop the lid and i can see gas down there, and i still have my reserve on.
Well this morning i found a little hose dangling under my swingarm by my exhaust. i'd never noticed it before, but it the bike ran fine, responded fine, so i figured it was just something i had over looked. I over filled my tank a little bit and noticed the tube when gas came out of it and leaked a little on my hot exhaust, causing smoke.
I'm starting to think that little guy shouldn't be hanging out there. can anybody shed some light on the situation? here are pics of the aforementioned hangy tube and a shot of my tank, showing there is obviousl gas in there.