Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pottsville Beach.NSW.Australia
Went for a ride yesterday. Filled the bike at Pottsville before starting out, Then into South Tweed to meet up with the rest of the crew from Ulysses club for our monthly ride. Off down the highway heading south with rain on and off. Left off the highway at St Helena on the back twisty way along Coolamon scenic drive. Coorabell Road. Got as far as Federal. Stopped there because the weather was getting worse. When I got off the bike I could smell fuel. Had Phil come over to check it out he said the same thing, So it was not just me. I had a look around the bike and I could see some on the over flow tube So thought I had over filled the tank before I left home. Had some coffee and a bacon & egg roll which I can highly recommend.About half hour later we decided to cut the days ride short because of the weather. Went to get on the bike and noticed a rainbow film of fuel going down the gutter. This had me concerned. So have done another quick check but it was pi**ing down everything was wet so still could not see the leak. At this stage had only done about 103Kl. So off we head back towards home. After we started the first bar on the fuel gauge went not long the next one went. I had about 50Kl to get home. I was worried. Twisty wet roads leaking fuel not a good combination. Managed to get to highway then home with two bars showing. Total distance from filling to two bars say 160Kl. Got out the repair manual to find out how to lift the tank up. Now when god was handing out right hands I got three left ones. But I did manage to get the bits off and lift the tank. First thing I found was the overflow tube had come adrift from the tank. That might have happened when I lifted the tank up. Don't know. Next thing I discover is the tube from the other side of the tank that feeds the fuel to engine is loose and not clicked into the fastener. So clicked it in. Not a hard job. Started her up with the tank still up. No sign of leaks or smell. That, hopefully, has fixed the problem. Now the bike was in for the 18000 service last week. Didn't notice any problem with fuel use or smell during about a 100Kl ride before this weekend. I did go over about 5Kl of very rough gravel road, slowly,not long before I got home. Has anybody else had this experience.
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