Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Swansboro(area), NC, USA
I'm an idiot too!
Last night I stopped for gas. Not paying attention, apparently, I over filled and must not have had the fill pipe far enough into the tank to get a cutoff. I realized I was standing in an expanding puddle of gas. There was no fire, at this point. We put down speedy dry and then I rolled her away from the pump. Safely away I started her, it took several tries to get her going. I got her out of the way to put on the gloves but then realized the gloves had gas on them. I got off to get a spare pair when the flames came from the left side radiator vent and later from lower right side. Several of us got the flames stopped but it appears there is some paint damage to the upper tupperware and I think I see where at least the left radiator fan and all plastic parts are toast. I am waiting, as I type this, to hear from the claims adjuster.
79,000 great miles, never dropped and now I do this. If it had been the summer heat I guess she would have gone up totally.
My question now is how many of you would attempt to do the repairs? I do all my own service. My insurance has a $500 deductible and I have seen where BeemerBoneYard has the fan parts. The paint damage is in the upper flat surface of the side vent and not easily seen.
"I ride.....the bike doesn't"
'18 Honda Africa Twin Adventure SportDCT
'12 Kawi KLR 650 "Dirty" - traded in
'08 LT Black "Fireball" 113,000+ miles(RIP- transmission - may be seen on the road again)
'05 LT Yeller er Gold? "Ophelia"(RIP- fire) 80,000 miles
'04 R12CLC (RIP- hurricane) 36,000 miles
230,000+ BMW miles
Last edited by Steve_R; Jan 16th, 2009 at 4:48 pm.