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post #1 of 7 Old 11-18-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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fuel leak

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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post #2 of 7 Old 11-18-2012, 09:00 PM
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There is a little balance line between the two throttle bodies that leaked on mine a couple of months ago... It's a common leak point for the first generation wee... It's under the air box though and is kind of a pain to get to...

Keep an eye on it... I'll try to remember to post a link to the thread I did when I had the issue tomorrow when I'm on a computer instead of my smartphone

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-18-2012, 10:41 PM
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Me too

Same thing happened to me on my recent circumnavigation. Had the bike serviced in Darwin and after about two hundred kms I got a huge whiff of fuel and then the engine died. Pulled of to the side of the road tried to restart the bike and noticed the fuel pouring down the left side of the bike. Lifted the seat and found the fuel line not connected to the tank.Phoned the service dept at the dealer and expressed my extreme displeasure. Bike has been fine for the last 10,000kms
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http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...ning-help.html

here is the link to thread that i had going...

it sounds like your's is fixed, but if you ever take your airbox off, i would recommend replacing this hose and the clamps!

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-19-2012, 04:55 PM
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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.
A trap for young players and I'm sorry to say but somebody fell into it.
When you remove the tank you MUST ensure that the fuel hose is securly clipped back into place otherwise the pressure in the hose will force it loose every time.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-19-2012, 08:31 PM
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Yep - me too.

I had the tank off the old Strom a dozen times. It wasn't until the fuel line actually fell off completely that I realised that not once did I ever put it back on correctly when I put the tank back down.
It can sit there not quite on for ages until you hit that rougher bit of road that'll knock it off. It does take some extra care to make sure it is clicked in correctly; certainly it was like that from when you had it serviced.
(At least you know they checked the air filter... )


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post #7 of 7 Old 11-19-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful day for a ride. So I went and added an another 175Kl to the Wee. No problem with losing fuel. So it looks like the loose fuel line was the problem. Thanks for the ideas and link.

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