Getting a Full Tank

Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by Zapp, May 12, 2019.

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How do you fill your fuel tank?

  1. I usually use the side stand (kickstand).

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  2. I usually use the center stand.

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  3. I usually fill the bike while sitting on the saddle.

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  1. mikem317

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    I almost always fill when I'm sitting on it for two reasons: One, I think you're less likely to spill when you have a close eye on it. Two, I can keep the dirty hose away from the fairing and tank.

    That being said, if it was a long or tiring jaunt, I will occasionally fill with the kick stand down but it's rare. I have a Base model so no integrated center stand for me.
     
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    I have a base model WITH a center stand. I told them I would buy the bike if they put a center stand on it. It was a "walk away", non-negotiable part of the deal for me. They had it on the bike in only 45 minutes somehow. No asky, no getty.......
     
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    Side stand.

    This is why - just one splash onto hot engine and do you really want to be sitting on Kaboom - like this...

     
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    Its a Harley ! You reap what you sow - lol
     
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    Haaaaawt Doooogie!
     
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    Not sure what happened there, but that is not how petrol works. Heat alone will NOT ignite it. The liquid fuel does not burn. There must be a source of ignition like a strong spark or open flame.
    The autoignition point of petrol is quite a bit higher than the highest temperature your engine should ever get to (about 260C/500F if memory serves me right).
     
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    You can see the splash onto the throttle side of the engine & the fire igniting beside the air filter housing...
    I think this person still had the engine running, hence the fire starting on the side...
     
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    Nothing more to add other than your bike no matter what year since the 6th gen has an overfill tube as far as I know. You overfill you spill fuel and the environment. You watch while over the bike center you get a true fill and know if you have reached your limit.
     
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    In that case he is a freaking muppet and got what he deserved.

    It could ONLY happen if something is wrong with the bike. Even the most exposed sparkplugs are covered enough to seal them from moisture and keep the spark where it needs to be.
    Even though the headers might be hot enough to auto-ignite petrol, it is highly unlikely that it would happen.
    If it's a older HD, it could very well have the ignition coils exposed on that side of the engine. But unless they are VERY defective, that wouldn't do anything either.

    In any case. A VFR is a fully faired bike. You pretty much have to intentionally spray it straight into one of the few openings, to get petrol on the engine. And getting it to any component that is even remotely capable of producing a spark, would require you to remove the tank, airbox etc.
    And that was my point. Worrying about something that has less chance of happening than getting hit by lighting the same day that you win the lottery, is silly. There are plenty of real thing to worry about.
     
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