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It started out simply as an "excuse" to get out and ride on the freshly washed and waxed DL650, just a dozen miles down to the golf course to check out some clubs. The sky was threatening, but so what?
On the way, gas prices were down and I decided to fill up the bike. No problem, except the pump seemed awfully slow and I trying to read it with my dark glasses on it when I realised that I couldn't pump that much gas into the 1/4 full tank anyway.
The OH SH#T factor kicked in and the gas flowing over the tank and pooling under the bike confirmed that the automatic shut-off pump wasn't. Automatic, that is.
Bugger!
Into the office to get the guy out with the kitty-litter and start to flush off the bike and .......yup, the sheepskin buttpad was holding a quart of gas.
Wring it out and stow it in a plastic bag, doubled, then in the box. Driving on, I stopped at lights on an ancient glazed brick section of road and did the sideways splits putting my foot down - AArghhh! The boot must have had gas still on the bottom, which come to think of it, so must I.

Driving on nursing my groin, the cloudburst happened and for the first time I actually enjoyed getting the fumes out of my nose, by replacing them with water blowing in through the crack in the visor which I had to keep open to avoid fogging up.
At least there was only thunder rolling around, didn't see any lightning, but I did have visions of becoming a human blowtorch screaming down the road.
Five hand washes later, the buttskin only mildly reeks of gas and will likely be OK when it dries.
Now you know what kind of sheep smells like gasolene.
 

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Do other people actually trust the auto stop on pumps with their gas???? Since when it gets close to the top there are drops that splash to the tank I always watch it and slow the flow for the last 1/4 of a tank, am I just a freak???

I also use my killswitch to turn off my bike ;)
 

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Traveler is on to something! I have seen my friends Vulcan actually make gas 3 times now. Maybe they will share or sell their secrets?

I remember the first time I saw the pump not shut off and a hot bike get covered with gas, including the rider. It was mentioned how smoothly DESTRO pulled in the clutch and slowly backed away from the impending fireball. The group of us, that day, witness first hand why it was bad to be sitting on your bike while filling the tank.

Glad to hear you are ok.

DESTRO
 

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Soak the sheepskin in 1/2 a bucket of hot water and 2- 3 ozs of white vinigar for about 30 minutes and then hang it up to dry .Tip ,Leave the bucket outside as it may give off an odour of the fuel as it soaks.
 

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Hey bloatedbird. I too watch closely as the tank fills and do not use the automatic shut off. To answer your question as to if you are a freak or not though I have to say yes you are. I use my kill switch to shut off the bike about half the time and the key the other half and as we all know that is the correct way to do it. :D
 

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Do other people actually trust the auto stop on pumps with their gas????
Only for the cage, never for the bike. The dark glasses come off while fueling too. I want to be able to peer down into the tank and see the gas rising. Stop when it's level with the bottom of the fill opening. Not to dis on you, Traveler, but you were asking for it.
 

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Like the hardcore 4-wheeler tshirt says:

"it's fun until somebody gets hurt. Then it's hilarious."

Maybe it's just me, but the idea of a strommer trying to outrun his own demise has some entertainment value.
 

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Soak the sheepskin in 1/2 a bucket of hot water and 2- 3 ozs of white vinigar for about 30 minutes and then hang it up to dry .Tip ,Leave the bucket outside as it may give off an odour of the fuel as it soaks.
Drown it in isopropyl alcohol. (Rubbing alcohol, sold in drug stores.)
This stuff is amazing in that it will act as a solvent for gas, but is still miscible with water.... so it will remove the gas, and can then be rinsed with water.
 

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reading this thread, A question I have

Do you fill your bike while sitting on it, (asking for trouble) or do you get off and stand beside the bike like a smarter person

there is a common misconception you can get more gas in while sitting on the bike:rolleyes:
If I wanna be that anal (like, what, a quarter-cup of gasoline will get me how much further?) I'll put the bike on the centrestand.
 

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The dark glasses come off while fueling too. I want to be able to peer down into the tank and see the gas rising. Stop when it's level with the bottom of the fill opening. Not to dis on you, Traveler, but you were asking for it.
After experiencing an odd little splash geyser shooting a few drops out of my old Honda's tank once when I was refueling, and after seeing Ewan McGregor get gas in his eyes not once but TWICE in "Long Way 'Round", I make sure my faceshield is down when I'm peering into my tank.
 

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Only for the cage, never for the bike. The dark glasses come off while fueling too. I want to be able to peer down into the tank and see the gas rising. Stop when it's level with the bottom of the fill opening. Not to dis on you, Traveler, but you were asking for it.


Well yes, deja vue is usually right, but thank you for your advice.

Logistics: I use the center stand and never sit on the bike to refuel.
However sh*t happens since I have not yet attained perfect oneness with the universe.
I've used this pump perhaps a dozen times before without a problem although it's true that I was unusually content on that day; but I now know that the solution is to wait until I'm pissed off at the world before I refuel, then strip off, take off my glasses, pull the face shield down, remove the sheepskin pad, watch like a hawk but be prepared to abandon ship. :)

PS Thanks all for the helpful solutions to the smell....it's going away.
 

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After experiencing an odd little splash geyser shooting a few drops out of my old Honda's tank once when I was refueling, and after seeing Ewan McGregor get gas in his eyes not once but TWICE in "Long Way 'Round", I make sure my faceshield is down when I'm peering into my tank.
Good point, thanks, mtlee. I neglected to mention, shield down.

As to filling while straddling the bike, I've never even considered it. Most times I am combining a fuel stop with a rest stop and am happy to get off the bike for a bit. Don't believe I have ever seen anyone doing it that way either. Anyway, seems like a bad idea.
 
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