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post #1 of 21 Old 07-07-2006, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Gasing up? Get off!!!

The tank is running low so you pull into a service station next to a pump. Down goes the kickstand. The next few things you do could save your life.

Turn off your motor

If gasoline were to spill as you bring the nozzle to the tank or as a result of overflow or as you take the nozzle out of the tank, you risk setting it ablaze. You should be concerned not just about a hot engine or exhaust pipes, but also any electrical system.

Take your helmet off


If your helmet is on you cannot determine if a fire has started as easily as you can without it and, particularly if the helmet is attached to the bike with an audio system cord, you cannot evacuate the area quickly should a fire be detected.

Get OFF your motorcycle


For some reason this step seems to be ignored more often than any other. Maybe it 'looks' good. Maybe it's just too much work to get off when you're tired. Whatever, putting fuel into your tank while you're straddling the bike is dangerous! If there is a gasoline spill your crotch will get wet. Then what do you do?

Fill the tank, but not to the top


Gasoline expands as it warms up. Some gas tanks are not sealed units and if you fill them to the top they can easily leak. Some motorcycles have dual (side-by-side) tanks that are connected internally. There is a 'secret' you should know about filling these bikes - when putting gasoline into the higher tank WATCH the level in the lower one. Since you are on your side stand the bike is leaning and overflow from the higher tank will go to the lower one. Obviously, with this kind of system you cannot fill the highest tank without overfilling the lower one. This is one reason why owners of these bikes tend to sit on them when they fill up - to keep the bike vertical so they can load as much gasoline as possible. But it's obvious why you shouldn't do so (odds are good you will stop and put your side stand down before you have burned up enough gasoline to prevent leakage.)

Do not smoke within 20 feet of a gas pump

Keep your ignition switch in the OFF position any time your filler cap is off your tank. (Especially do not use your CB.)


Earlier I asked what you would do if gasoline spilled onto your crotch. Actually, I should have asked what you would do if it spilled on any part of you or your clothes. This is so important I will offer my own suggestions at this point.

DRENCH with water!

THEN take that article of clothing OFF!!

DO NOT WALK IF THERE IS GASOLINE ON YOUR CLOTHES!!!


Static electricity can easily ignite gasoline fumes.

Allow wet clothes to dry OUTSIDE. If you happen to be at home, DO NOT PUT THESE CLOTHES INTO A WASHER/DRYER!!!!

If you can smell gasoline on them there is enough to ignite.

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Good advice, all of it, but I don't like to spend 10 minutes filling up. I'll probably continue to fill up with me on the bike in the upright position, while wearing a helmet.

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Good advice, all of it, but I don't like to spend 10 minutes filling up. I'll probably continue to fill up with me on the bike in the upright position, while wearing a helmet.
what bock says. even tho it goes against much of the advice given....

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I put the kickstand down and get off the bike but I don't remove my helmet.


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Turn off your motor

Guessing 99% of bikes require a key to open gas cap. Kinda hard to leave bike running & open cap too.


I get off bike, gotta stretch the legs once in a while, right?
But I usually pay at pump, so I leave lid on. If I have to go inside to pay I take it off.

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My previous bike (Kaw Meanstreak 1600) I could remove the key while it was running...guess it was so a keychain/extra keys wouldn't scratch the tank as the ignition was on top of the tank...can't remove the key on my 9'er with it running...already tried.

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I stay on the bike with my helmet on so that I can keep the bike upright and fill it all the way up to the gas cap....

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I stay on the bike with my helmet on so that I can keep the bike upright and fill it all the way up to the gas cap....
Me too.
And I also try to keep my left foot on the left side of the bike, and my right foot on the right side.

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i always felt like one of the advantages to getting off while filling up was you could give your bike the visual "once over". make sure everything is like it should be. especially when far from home.

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I tried to remove the key in my KLR650 in the garage while it was running, and it got confused, and esploded all the wheel off all of a sudden like.

Shocking....just shocking! I was lucky I wasn't filling it up.



Ohhhhhh the carnage.

i always felt like one of the advantages to getting off while filling up was you could give your bike the visual "once over". make sure everything is like it should be. especially when far from home.
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I tried to remove the key in my KLR650 in the garage while it was running, and it got confused, and esploded all the wheel off all of a sudden like.

Shocking....just shocking! I was lucky I wasn't filling it up.



Ohhhhhh the carnage.

i always felt like one of the advantages to getting off while filling up was you could give your bike the visual "once over". make sure everything is like it should be. especially when far from home.
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I think lilnin is forgetting where she is.

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I think lilnin is forgetting where she is.
OH Yeah!!! I'm at WT where every thread gets deralied!!! DUH!!!!!!!!!!!

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Speaking of derailed...
where's rsixxy & your sis?

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More like railed not derailed........... OOPsss. sorry!

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Speaking of derailed...
where's rsixxy & your sis?
Not too sure about Rsixxy. She started up her own compnay (YAY) so she has been extremely busy.

My sis (freakin airhead) she doesn't post too much. She's not a little devil like me.

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I've never seen anyone stay on the bike while refueling, and I couldn't imagine doing that. I always get off. Although I am guilty of trying to fill it as much as possible. Also, "lower end" (read: Less expensive) harleys don't have locking fuel caps. I also do sometimes leave my helmet on, if I'm in a hurry, but usually I take it off so I can clean the bugs off. Also, I do the once over while I'm there.

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OK. I want to redeem myself. Maybe it's bad bad no no, and a 50 year old guy like me should know better, but I don't give a sheat about a 50 year old guy like me so I always refuel while on the bike. It makes it infinitely easier to skip out without paying.

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Me too.
And I also try to keep my left foot on the left side of the bike, and my right foot on the right side.

You are...

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...not right.

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I only refuel at the end of my commute each day, 55 miles. I'm glad to get off and get that helmet and gloves off also. Besides, my fuel point gives me a free 20 ounce soda with a fill up (even if its only 2.5 gallons) and I don't want to spill drink inside my helmet! Back on the niner and one mile to home.

I fill up in the evening so It won't make me late for work in the morning. Besides, in the Spring and Fall, a full tank of gas at 65°F from my garage feels better between my legs than a tank of cold gas for the hour I'm on the throttle!

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