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post #1 of 23 Old 03-13-2009, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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fuelling - on or off bike?

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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post #2 of 23 Old 03-13-2009, 10:39 PM
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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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I stay on the bike. I also fill up 2-3 times a week.

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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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I am 6'4" so no problems keep the Vee upright while fueling. I fill both ways just depending on the circumstances.

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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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I get off the bike. Gas time is usually break time anyway.

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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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