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post #1 of 26 Old 06-22-2010, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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f me.....bad couple of days....

Yep....been a couple bad days. Just had to vent.


Picked up the 919 3 weeks ago (bike #16 for me BTW - have had them all.....R1, Hayabusa, 954RR, TL1000R, ZX6R, XR650R).....didn't plan on it being such a well versed bike. Still had a KTM 625 SMC supermoto sitting in the garage....after a couple weeks on the 9'er decided I didn't need another.....

So --- posted it up on Supermoto Junkie.....sold it, and met the guy in Jackson, MI (2 hours away.....) Made it there..... but on the way back --- transmission went in the car...... [email protected]#$#! Thankfully was able to get the car on the highway, keep it in 4th, and proceeded to make it back 2 hours at 60 MPH.

So, down to 1 vehicle.....the bike.

On the way to work this morning.... the reserve light on the 9'er went on..... stopped at the Local BP. Went to the end pump this time around.... not being use to 87 octane.... reached for the left most handle. Filled 'er up..... went to start the bike... nothing..... fuel pump priming, starter turning over.... but no combustion.

[email protected]#$%@! Yep...... Diesel fuel.

Thankfully --- had an Allen in my tank bag and was pleasantly surprised to find out every bolt needed was the same size allen --- was able to pull the seat, side panels, unbolt the tank, and prop the tank up with a rock.... to drain the tank into a 5 gallon pickle bucket I had borrowed.

Finally --- an hour later....... put more 87 in....... tried and tired.... battery died.

Alright.... one last effort.... decided to push start it in 1st. FINALLY....got it.

So..... here I am, sitting at work, eating subway thinking......

man.... that 9'er is one hell of a bike! Maybe I'll wait a couple weeks before I start to look for another car.





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post #2 of 26 Old 06-22-2010, 10:38 AM
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Arctic, That really could have been a disaster, glad to hear it didn't kill your FI or anything...THat's a very pretty 9'er too! happy riding!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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Don't feel bad. I know a guy who filled a Goldwing to the top with diesel. He made it to the first stop sign from the station when the bike quit. Figured out what he did, emptied it out and refilled with gas. That was about 15,000 miles ago and it's still running well.

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Yup.... diesel and gas are not interchangeable. Just ask the guys driving a diesel who accidentally fill with gas!!


Good luck with the transmission. The 9-er will keep you in transportation without problems.

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Sorry to here about the tribulations. In Cali the diesel pump handle is green (there are alot of blonds here). Thanks for the pic that is one clean looking bike.

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Alright, how are you getting away with that style of pitbul front stand? Mine goes up under the triples with a pin...not that it matters much just curious Sharp bike! Keep your head up things will come around!

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post #7 of 26 Old 06-22-2010, 12:57 PM
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imagine having to turn your car upside down to drain the wrong fuel ! be glad you did it to your bike instead.

also, there's no problem putting diesel in a gas motor (once you drain and refill) so another thing to keep in mind is that you didn't do the reverse and ruin an engine.

my dad's oldest brother had an old beater during the Great Depression that they used to start on gas and once running switch over to kerosene to save money. imagine that old pig (a Maxwell, i believe) smoking ?!? or how often he musta cleaned the spark plugs ! but it worked, and not just once.

oh, and if you suffer a mechanical breakdown you have to tell us all what year/kind of car just ate its trans. here's to knowing...or at least believing confidently....that it wasn't a Honda.

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imagine having to turn your car upside down to drain the wrong fuel ! be glad you did it to your bike instead.

also, there's no problem putting diesel in a gas motor (once you drain and refill) so another thing to keep in mind is that you didn't do the reverse and ruin an engine.

my dad's oldest brother had an old beater during the Great Depression that they used to start on gas and once running switch over to kerosene to save money. imagine that old pig (a Maxwell, i believe) smoking ?!? or how often he musta cleaned the spark plugs ! but it worked, and not just once.

oh, and if you suffer a mechanical breakdown you have to tell us all what year/kind of car just ate its trans. here's to knowing...or at least believing confidently....that it wasn't a Honda.
i bet it was an American made.... probably a chevy :-P

Also pop starting a bike in a higher gear is MUCH easier than 1st... next time try it in 4th or 5th... u have more leverage on the motor. Glad to hear the 919 is alright.

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great story, thanks for sharing it.

made my day of crap seem not so bad

we all have them

sometimes that is just how the cards are dealt......

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I always hear to try bumping in a higher gear.

I always use 1st gear no matter the bike and it always works.

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great story, thanks for sharing it.

made my day of crap seem not so bad

we all have them

sometimes that is just how the cards are dealt......
+1, thanks for sharing.

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I always hear to try bumping in a higher gear.

I always use 1st gear no matter the bike and it always works.
on a inline 4 its not as beneficial to start in a higher gear... its pretty easy to crank over an inline 4 due to their short stroke.... But if you tried to pop start say a KTM super duke in 1st... it just aint gonna happen... believe me this guy we rode with tried.... and failed until i told him put it in 4th n try.

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post #13 of 26 Old 06-23-2010, 01:35 AM
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I like your 2 Brothers can. I don't care what the Sato snobs think.

That little back rack looks like just what the doctor ordered, too.

Hell, you sold a bike. Limped home and got your 919 back on the road. Sounds like a GOOD day to me.

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post #14 of 26 Old 06-23-2010, 04:19 AM
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The reason people say bump in second gear (I always have) is not the turnover but the fire-up - usually under a wee bit of throttle and when a bump start starts it can be with a roar, if in first gear you could conceivably find yourself skyward!

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Diesel in a gasser is not as bad as Gas in a Diesel.
Gas is dry compared to diesel so at least the injectors and pump got some lube before you got it swapped out.

Now gas in a diesel is a whole nuther story!

Glad you got it going with minimal tools and down time!

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Alright, how are you getting away with that style of pitbul front stand?
Its a front universal pitbull stand that lifts under the forks....without a pin.

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I like your 2 Brothers can. I don't care what the Sato snobs think.
...can't stand 2 Brothers stuff.....I couldn't find ANY reason NOT to buy it. CHEAP ($350 shipped), sounds good w/ a nice deep idle tone, kit came with a Galfer rear steel braided brake line, carbon fiber matched the bike, reduced quite a bit of weight (about 10-12 pounds) by dropping 1 can and getting rid of the Y-pipe, and the Power Commander website has a PCIII-USB map for it that is right on.

I would buy that pipe again in a heart beat.

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post #17 of 26 Old 06-23-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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BTW ----

Had the fun opertunity of riding through a terrential thunderstorm this morning. Was able to drop the car off at the transmission shop last night. Told the guy....."Don't need the car back anytime soon...."

So far so good..... not a single burble after the diesel.

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As others have said, thats a nice looking 919.

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what kinda car was it that you had the transmission go on you arctic?

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---- it's a 2001 Buick Le Sabre Limited.... w/ 150,000 miles. Pretty nice car....leather seats, good gas mileage --- has a hitch and can tow a small trailer.

Just got the word back from the mechanic, actually doesn't sound tooo bad. I'm being told that 95% of the transmission is fine.... there is an electronic selenoid that goes bad......

So --- looks like I lucked out. --- its a $575 fix.

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lol yup typical gm.

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post #22 of 26 Old 06-24-2010, 11:48 AM
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Glad it worked out for you with the bike. I had a car in the shop when I lived in Charleston, SC and rode my Ducati Monster every day rain or shine for a while...........but after a few of the downpours we would regularily get down there I was happy to get the cage back (of course back then I didn't have proper rain gear)

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post #23 of 26 Old 06-25-2010, 01:10 PM
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I've had to push start my bike 3 times this year, from leaving the lights on too long or maybe my battery's going. I like to use second gear. Will push starting really kill the FI???The battery tender's been doing a good job so far though. Nice bike, what tires have you got on it?

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post #24 of 26 Old 06-25-2010, 01:24 PM
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push starting can't kill F.I., but i think the tank of diesel is what people were concerned with.

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LOL ---- I'm on tank #2 of Diesel..... and the 9'ers still running great. ha, ha....


Soon.....very soon.... and this 9'er is not going to be running on the left sided pump handle ----- a little port/polish and a slight mill of the head should do the trick......

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919 + a tank of diesel gives new meaning to the 919 "stink"

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