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Re: It's A Gas <burp!>
- From: Mick <bmwmick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:05:49 -0700
- Subject: Re: It's A Gas <burp!>
At 12:40 PM 4/15/2011, you wrote:
2010 was my lowest-mileage year in recent memory, and my poor old
2002 r1150r spent most of its time in the barn. Last weekend was
the annual Airhead Tech Day at Darryl Richman's place in Santa Cruz,
CA, and it was all but unthinkable not to ride there, so I started
the bike up and took it out for a wash -- and smelled
gasoline. Fairly strongly. As it's never been a major ambition of
mine to become a fireball sailing down the Interstate, and as I
didn't have the time to sort it out, I ended up driving down, and
got back to the issue today.
My working hypothesis was that it was some sort of issue involving
the O-rings in the quick disconnect fittings for the fuel tank, and
when the fuel pressure reached running levels there was some kind of
small leak, so I removed the fuel line cover and started the
engine. Again I smelled gas, but couldn't see nor feel any sign of
a leak, and after the engine ran for a while I could no longer smell it.
I'm now going to suit up and go for a ride to see if that brings it
back, but it occurs to me to wonder if this isn't the sort of thing
that can happen if the O-rings dry out from inactivity, and the cure
is to just ride the damn thing. Any wisdom to offer?
More than likely it's your hose clamps on the pressure side of the
They tend to lose tension after a few years and they need tightened. If they
are the factor clamps (oetiker) you'll need the tool or a good pair of dykes.