Originally Posted by KMC1
Bob, I can only imagine your chagrine... DOH!
You HAVE to make sure you let us know if you mixed it up or they did so you can possibly get the "DOH!!!" award for 2008....
Just one side note, I would absolutely change the oil & filter in the bike at the same time as flushing the fuel system.
Diesel has some serious detergents in it that will really contaminate your engine oil (especially bad for motorycycles that use the engine oil to lube the transmission) and could possibly harm your bearing surfaces. Most likely plenty leaked past the piston rings when the engine stopped firing.
I'm not above accepting a "DOH" award, although I don't think I'd walk around proudly with it.
The nozzle size is a good point. I hadn't thought of that, being as I hardly ever fill up with diesel intentionally.
I'm kind of stuck as far as the repair, I think. I was stranded 200 or so miles from home. My towing package covers the first $500. The reasonable place to tow it to was the nearest dealer, 70 miles away. Now that it's there, I could pay to tow it home and try and take care of it myself, or pay the dealer to make it run. Maybe I could've talked the dealer into a lesser service, but I just wasn't confident that was a good idea. Besides, Texaco is paying for this, right?
On that note, Texaco's response was that they will contact the station manager. They seem to indicate that if there's a problem at the station, it's the station owner who's liable, not Texaco. We'll see. I know I wasn't the only one affected, because a car pulled up looking for premium, looked at the signs the same way I did, and I offered to move my bike so they could get to the 1 pump with premium. I saw them fill up. They couldn't have gotten far either, but they didn't pull over next to me. Maybe they went east instead of west.
As for changing the oil, I have a little over 5000 miles on the bike, so I'm having the dealer to the 6000 mile service too, which changes the oil (and not much else). It's pretty pricey for an oil change, but since it's in there. After this, I'll have to figure out how to do the minor services myself.