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I'm not a vstrom owner, but I play one on the internet. If a lot of riders can just barely touch their toes to the ground, do you tend to hop off to fill the tank? Just wondering, with debit cards I just swipe and fill without ever putting the kickstand down (on my low seated cruiser)
 

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I tend to get off the bike for a few reasons.
1. My strap mount tank bag kinda requires dismounting.
2. It gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
3. In the event of an overflow, I really don't want to soak my crotch with gasoline.
 

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I tend to get off the bike for a few reasons.
1. My strap mount tank bag kinda requires dismounting.
2. It gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
3. In the event of an overflow, I really don't want to soak my crotch with gasoline.
Same here. I used to refuel my sportbikes while sitting on them, but I've almost always got a tankbag on the Vee and that makes things more difficult.
 

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Just for safety sake I always get off the bike. It's a little easier to run away in the event of a fire. Even if you are safe, who knows what the crazy guy on the other side of the pump is doing. I don't want to imagine the injuries from stradling a burning bike...
 

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If a lot of riders can just barely touch their toes to the ground,
Said by a non Strom Rider.
There must be a lot of really short people where you live cos I'm 5'9' and can touch the ground just fine thanks flat footing one leg with the other heel only just off the ground.
Back to the subject. The Strom only needs to be fuelled every 400km or so. By then I want to stretch my legs so I'm off and walking around.
 

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The long tank range is a very good point. After 3 hours of riding I would surely want to get off and take a break too. My bike runs out of gas below 200km...
 

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A few years back, in the 'pump first, then go in and pay' days, I pulled into a large gas station. Neutral,
engine off, key gas cap, grab hose, flip pump lever and start to fuel. A dirty, hairy apparition appears
in front and walks by muttering something about "...give a guy a chance" as the pump passes
the 3 gallon mark.

I'm topping off when I suddenly feel a heavy weight against my back and pushing up over my helmet.
I grab the front brake as the bike begins to roll forward, keep the live fuel nozzle in the tank and shout,
"Get off, you gotta get off" ( or something like that ) while my left foot desperately fishes for the
sidestand. Sidestand down, the bike starts going over on the right. Right leg straining in agony, I look
down and see he's gotten the passenger peg down and is almost standing on it.

Emanating powerful fumes of body odor and dago red, he leans out, waving his arm forward in a
sweeping motion, and shouts, "Ride on. Ride on."

It all worked out OK. He wasn't a bad guy, and he even got my dollar.

Since that day, I've developed the habit of consciously looking around to survey my surroundings
in parking lots, gas stations and other public places. And I always stop in gear, engine off, sidestand
down and dismount...before I start to fuel.
 

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I usually just sit on the bike and refuel. To get on and off I usually stand on the peg so I can get me leg over the trunk box. Someone told me he used to do that, until the peg or the kickstand broke and everything came tumbling down. So I have resorted to sliding my leg over the seat from the ground, unless of course I have to look cool, then I use the peg.
 

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I use any excuse to "get off":rolleyes:
 

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I'm not a vstrom owner, but I play one on the internet. If a lot of riders can just barely touch their toes to the ground, do you tend to hop off to fill the tank? Just wondering, with debit cards I just swipe and fill without ever putting the kickstand down (on my low seated cruiser)
Off, it's "Butt Break" time when stopped for fuel. :D
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I tend to get off the bike for a few reasons.
1. My strap mount tank bag kinda requires dismounting.
2. It gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
3. In the event of an overflow, I really don't want to soak my crotch with gasoline.
In addition to the above I don't want to be falling off my unsupported bike holding a gas pump because I overreacted to a spill.
 

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Watched a neat show tonight on how folks start fires at the gas pump. Problem 1 is not being properly grounded when inserting the nozzle. Problem 2 is a static spark igniting the fumes boiling out of the tank when fuel is rushing in. Problem 3 is then removing the nozzle, often spraying fuel (soon to be ignited) everywhere as well as allowing an air supply to the interior of the fuel tank. Oh, and the main reason the pumps warn against re-entering the vehicle is the likelihood of picking up a new static charge when sliding in and out of the seat, then discharging it to the nozzle in the midst of escaping fumes. Of course, here in the midwest, any time it's riding season the humidity exceeds 50% so little chance of static buildup. But, since it'd really suck to have those escaping fumes ignited, then have the choice of trying to shut off the nozzle in the midst of the flames, or just abandon ship with the likelihood of the bike tipping with the nozzle running and making things REALLY interesting, I think I'll continue to get off the bike, touch the pump and nozzle several times while in firm contact with the ground, and keep a respectful distance between flammable liquids and the family jewels.
 

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Pretty unsafe to sit on the bike and do it. Been said already, but if those fumes go up or a drop lands on your hot exhaust, you're screwed.
 

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I've never fueled up any of my bikes while off them. I always flatfoot and hold the bike upright. I must be doing something right 'cause I've yet to burst into flames. For those of you that think you're going to outrun a fireball....we have this thing called the Olympics. A good chance to show how fast you can run:devil_16:
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After I fill up I ride up to the station and then go inside to get a pop or something.

If I was that worried about every little thing that's unsafe I wouldn't be riding a motorcycle.
 
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