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Old 04-09-2013, 06:26 AM   #61
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Nah, just light it off to get rid of it. Gets rid of the crabs, too!


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Old 04-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #62
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On a side note I also like being in control of my surroundings too, gas stations in some parts of town attract interesting folks and you sitting on a bike makes it a little easier to get a one up on.
Gas stations are convenient places for robbers and carjackers to operate around here, too. People are out of their vehicles and have money and keys available. I'd rather be on my feet with gloves off and my weapon accessible.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:53 AM   #63
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I don't want to get into the on-the-bike vs off-the-bike argument, but I not only always get off of the bike, but I always take my helmet and gloves off as well when refueling.

One other thing to consider:

When I hadn't had the XR650L too long, I stopped at the gas station, put it in neutral on the sidestand and started filling it from the side away from the sidestand. While trying to get a good seal with the fuel nozzle to help prevent a little bit more unburned hydrocarbons from getting into our air, I managed to push forward just enough to roll the bike off of the sidestand. Since it was falling away from me it was pretty much impossible to stop it falling over, so there I was holding a gas nozzle and my bike was on its side dumping gas onto the ground from the open filler neck. I quickly put the nozzle back where it goes in the pump, went around the other side, discovered that fuel on concrete is not good for foot traction, found better footing, then picked the bike back up.

I was amazed how quickly the station attendant was able to shut the pump off and how quickly a mechanic over on the other side was out with a fire extinguisher (which wasn't needed). It's nice to know that those guys were paying attention. Once all was settled and the few ounces of gas was cleaned up, I went back to filling the tank.


Ever since then, I park the bike in gear whenever it's off - not just at gas stations, but always - and I always put in fuel from the left side so that if for any reason the bike doesn't stay on the stand it's easier to catch.

Say all you want about how your method is good enough and you've never had a problem but I had never had a problem either, for at least 40 years of filling up bikes - until I had a problem. So now I'm reducing the odds of having another problem filling a bike with gasoline by parking in gear, filling from the left side, and having my helmet and gloves off.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:46 PM   #64
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This will make certain heads asplode...

Just one thing to add... when I busted my leg (both times) pay at the pump was frickin' awesome while I was healing. I didn't have to unfold my cane and hobble unless I had to piss.



I also learned to ride one-legged. Basically, I didn't put my sore, weakened left leg down unless I absolutely had to, and I mounted and dismounted from the "wrong" side. I'm in the yellow helmet here:
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:32 PM   #65
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Just one thing to add... when I busted my leg (both times) pay at the pump was frickin' awesome while I was healing. I didn't have to unfold my cane and hobble unless I had to piss.
I also learned to ride one-legged. Basically, I didn't put my sore, weakened left leg down unless I absolutely had to, and I mounted and dismounted from the "wrong" side. I'm in the yellow helmet here:
I've been in the same spot myself. I initially started fueling up on the bike when I felt like I wanted to make better time. As we all know eliminating or shortening those stops seems to make the most difference when you want to make better time. Then when i hurt my leg (3 seperate breaks, pins, plates and a replacement joint, getting off the bike was a hassle for a while. With pay at the pump becoming standard procedure I think most of the reasons to get off the bike have been eliminated. Works for me just fine.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #66
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I refuel while sitting on the bike all the time.

Gloves off, grab wallet, swipe card, gas up, grab receipt, glove up, and head out. Just like a pit stop, didn't even have to pull off my helmet. Pay at the pump is frickin' awesome.

If you can't handle the minimal skills and risks involved, perhaps motorcycling isn't for you. Yes, I understand that soaking one's scrotum in unleaded is decidedly suboptimal, but on the scale of the risks we run in everyday riding, it's not even on the chart.

In the same way, the risks you run with a phone on your handlebars are far more that it'll distract you at a crucial point and contribute to your grisly demise, not that it'll set anything on fire.

I do keep up a scan in the mirrors while I'm stopped. Every once in a while, some beggedy-ass beggin' beggar will try to sidle up and beg for money for crack. More than once, I've grabbed my receipt and motored away while the crackhead is in the middle of the old sick grandmother story.
Thats all Im saying really,watch what your doing,gas is flammable.
Gassing up is not the time to daydream or check out pussy in cars driving by. Fill the tank,watch the nozzle flow,dont blow such a simple thing.

But my Triumph takes on a good bit more gas when on the centerstand so I do it that way and dont mind hopping off the bike.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:15 PM   #67
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Thats all Im saying really,watch what your doing,gas is flammable.
Gassing up is not the time to daydream or check out pussy in cars driving by. Fill the tank,watch the nozzle flow,dont blow such a simple thing.

But my Triumph takes on a good bit more gas when on the centerstand so I do it that way and dont mind hopping off the bike.
I still say if you can't stay focused enough to avoid pouring gas on yourself, you might not be focused enough to ride at all.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:23 PM   #68
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I still say if you can't stay focused enough to avoid pouring gas on yourself, you might not be focused enough to ride at all.
That is a simplistic statement ignoring the reality of the shit that happens in gas stations!

You just cannot control every eventuality, no matter how big your internet penis is!

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:26 PM   #69
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No one ever got a broken nozzle that does not manually shut off?
I have run into that a few times, so I always test it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:10 PM   #70
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98% of the time I will not get off the bike. I always end up really close to the pump and trying to get off and back on is usually really awkward. Plus, its really hard to get my KLR on the centerstand when loaded up. My Bandit is no problem.

If someone sneaks up on ya while fueling, just hose them down with unleaded.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:27 PM   #71
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That is a simplistic statement ignoring the reality of the shit that happens in gas stations!

You just cannot control every eventuality, no matter how big your internet penis is!

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Again you refer back to some guys penis (hopefully you aren't thinking of mine). I think it's kind of weird that your mind goes there Jim.
I have spent a lot of time in gas stations and I maintain that they are a safer place than some are making out. I think people can deal with perceived hazards by eliminating them and there are lot's of ways to do that I guess.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #72
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Eh?

Wow. I fuel my R12RT on the bike. I don't really have a problem with it, I just pay attention to what I am doing. I stand and balance the bike between my legs. I considered it a non issue until I read this thread. I guess if you don't feel safe fueling on-bike then by God, DON'T!.

I do however, get off the F8GS to fuel, I'm just not as flexible as I used to be!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:30 PM   #73
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Can't wait for electric motorcycles to end this horrific dilemma once and for all.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #74
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No one ever got a broken nozzle that does not manually shut off?
I have run into that a few times, so I always test it.
I have never seen a nozzle that would not shut off manually or automatically. I have been buying gasoline from filling stations for 44 years. Lot's of it. The only place I have never seen a autoshut off not work is from a gravity fed overhead tank.
I never rely solely on the auto shut off feature of the nozzle to keep from over filling my motorcycle gas tank. I might look at the whole process differently if I could not actually see the gas level in my tank while filling it.

I also do not normally think of my penis while filling up my bike with fuel.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:35 PM   #75
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Can't wait for electric motorcycles to end this horrific dilemma once and for all.
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I suppose there won't be many sitting on their bikes for the 3 hours it takes to recharge them.
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