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Tonight, I went riding with my friends from my firehouse, and had a good time. On the way home, I started smelling gas,and I thought that maybe it was coming from one of the guys exhaust ahead of me.

We all pealed off one after another as we went our separate ways home. After I turned off and slowd down to 20 mph or so,, The smell of gas was still with me and getting worse. as I stopped the bike on the front lawn, I felt wet on my left calf. I reached down, thinking maybe the hose was off the selector, and I felt a large stream of gas flowing off the bottom of the selector switch. The hoses were on and tight, but the gas was flowing.

I got a 5 gallon bucket and wedged it underneath the stream, and grabbed a flashlight. There, to my fright, was a bike wet with gas all over my saddlebags, and the entire left side of the bike, wheel, tire and fender.. Thank God and the designers that the exhaust was on the other side.

I found out that there is a large clamping nut on the selector switch stem that enters the gas tank. The sucker was unscrewed all the way down the threads. I'ts a miracle that even more gas did not come out. It must have been vibration that loosened it

I tightened the nut and all is well, now.


For everybody out there, gas on the tire or the bike is a bad, dangerous thing.

PLEASE ADD CHECKING THIS NUT TO YOUR ANNUAL CHECKLIST!!!!


I hate to think what would have happened if the one of my buds that smokes while he rides threw a cig out and a spark caught me.
 

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Thanks for the heads up! That could have been real bad.



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Yet one more reason that I like this board. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about this. This'll be added to my regular checklist.

You guys are awesome...keep the info flowing!
 

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That's another thing that's great about this board, everybody's looking out for everybody else. THANKS :!:
 

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Thanks housedad! I will have to look at mine. Nice of you to share this with us. As you said, good thing the gas did not hit the pipes, and there were no sparks.

The other day I thought I smelled anti freeze, but I was in heave traffic at a stop light. It was the truck in front of me that the smell was coming from.
 

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Is the clamping nut in plain view to tighten it?
 

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Thanks, man. I'll take a look at that for sure.
 

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Thanks for the heads up, I hope the fuel didn't damage any of the finish on your bike.
 

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GREAT post!
Thanks for sharing that with us, housedad.
That kind of info may save a life somewhere along the line.
 

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Mine did the same thing, but it wasn't that nut that backed out, it was the DEALER that didn't install the fuel hose back to the petcock when they took the tank off! Fuel comes out fast when you turn that to ON and ride off.

Thanks for the post, I will check that when I get home.

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