One V-Max ritual long practiced around here provides great amusement for V-Max veterans at the expense of V-Max virgins. Staffers for Motorcycle Cruiser and its sister publications who have never ridden a V-Max are regaled with tales of block-long burnouts, shoulder-spraining acceleration and other white-knuckle exploits prior to their first rides on the bike. This is intended to distract the victim from the real issue. Just before riding away, the mark is repeatedly warned to take it easy with the throttle. And, just as he puts it in gear, he is told that the bike is low on gas and should be filled promptly. In fact, the machine is already into its reserve tank. Since the fuel selector is in the on position, the engine will die moments after the virgin rolls out of the driveway. He will probably see the low-fuel light glowing, which will send him searching for the fuel petcock. However, the V-Max, which uses a pump to get fuel from the under-seat tank to the engine-top carbs, doesn't have a conventional petcock. If the neophyte is sharp, he'll spy the switch on the right handlebar. This is actually a great feature, assuming you know where it is. Instead of removing your left hand from the handlebar and feeling for the petcock lever, you simply flip the switch with your right thumb. Of course, you have to know it's there.