Originally Posted by Koolau
The driver's car ran out of gas out in the middle of corn country. I told him to whip the car from side to side and any remaining fuel might reach the pick up point...
Your story made me recall a similar situation, except with a MC on a farm road (nobody around) when I was stationed in West Texas back in 67-68.
While pushing the bike toward the base, a few miles away (I did not want to just leave it there and walk for gas), I had it tilted on the side as I pushed it - more so as I got tired.
Just for the heck of it, I tried the kick starter and got it to run for a few hundred yards till it stopped. Got off, tilted the bike (e.g. gas tank) and it started to run (for another few hundred yards).
Made it back to the base main gate at the same time this "trick" no longer worked. I was literally "running on fumes" at that point, and the trip past the main gate to the gas pump was two blocks - downhill (something rare, in West Texas
). I coasted in for a fill...