Exiting ride to work yesterday. Started the vtx with a bit of choke and it run on one cylinder so shut the choke and give it some revs. Started off for work but it was running poorly even when I switched to reserve in case that was the problem. About half a mile from home I turned back and needed to go through a shopping centre. Out front of where I buy my coffee beans it stopped and flames came up from either side of the tank. Ahhh, panic!!! I had a cold can of pepsi max in my bag so I grabbed that and shook it up and sprayed. Slowed things a bit then a bystander suggested running inside to find a fire extinguisher. A clear headed man, so one up on me, at that moment. Luckily the owner of the shop was at the front of his shop and immediately grabbed me a powder extinguisher to use. Fire out, pronto. I have had it picked up by the workshop and the airbox (and my k&n filter) are shot as is the wiring along the backbone of the bike etc is shot but I was quick enough that the paint has not bubbled on the tank. Vtx 1300 are fairly rare here but I am hoping to find some second hand parts to keep down the cost. Be warned, these suckers catch fire when you least expect it!