So today was going to be a sunny winter day, and the morning wasn't too cold. A good day to ride to work, and I took the opportunity. However, I have come to the conclusion that there are powers greater than I that are telling me it isn't a good idea. I've done it twice now, and something has happened to me both times. First time was the infamous Tuesday learner ride when I hit a pothole whilst pulling up and ended up in the dirt. I rode to work that day. Today I rode to work, and decided to leave early and call into Peter Stevens to replace the brake lever bent in the above altercation with the dirt. All went well, altho the traffic made me a bit nervous, and the entry to their service center is a wicked carpark driveway that must incline at around 50 degrees. Had visions of running into a pile of very nice bikes at the top, followed by a trip thru the glass service desk window. No, all OK. However, the way home was another matter. After a mixup with a hook turn (which normally don't bother me), I got onto Citylink at the Exhibition St extension. Those who know the area will know that the single lane entrance spits you out into the right hand lane of the freeway, whilst the traffic coming out of the tunnel ends up in the left two lanes. Right then, I decided to run out of fuel. To be sure, I was in the process of testing the milage, but I didn't think it would happen so early (294km). I was planning on doing a local ride to use up the juice, but obviously stuffed that up. So I'm in the RHS lane, packing myself. Managed to get over to the left (how I didn't get wiped out I don't know), but there's NO emergency lane. I was right under the Macrobertson St bridge. Now what? I couldn't get off the bike as I was jammed up against the wall on one side, and too close to the traffic on the other. Spotted the emergency lane starting about 50m ahead, and paddled my way towards it, hoping that no one was going to smear me over the freeway. Once in the emergency lane, I breathed a sigh of relief and got off. Hit the reserve, but she still woudn't start; probably flat battery (hazards etc, and battery was dodgy). Called RACV, who called Citylink Response. The response unit arrived, but it was a hook tow - no use to me. He called up someone, and eventually the bike trailer arrived. They took me to the Mobil servo around the corner on Toorak Rd, where I was met by a flat towtruck (called by RACV). I filled her up, but she still wouldn't start, so got a tow home (I don't know how to push start). Traffic was terrible due to accident on the Monash - just my luck. The only positive was that Peter Stevens didn't charge me anything. I already had the brake lever, it just needed to be put on. I'm hoping it was only a flat battery that caused it not to start - it didn't even turn over, just clicked. I'm pretty sure the fuel tap was set correctly b/c I checked it a couple of weeks ago against the book. I haven't changed it since I bought the bike. Should I quit while I'm ahead, or see if I can kill myself next time?