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A little mishap today - I know the hole is small and for health reasons we are not supposed to see down the sides when filling up-but I tried and guess what? Yep your're right I got a huge blow back of petrol over the upper reaches of the bike, DOH! Got most of it off OK with the immediate application of forecourt water. But the two small plastic thingies above and below the handlebar remained milky white despite said water treatment. Got home quick and used hot water and detergant but that made no difference. Bit of a surprise when plastic reacts so violently like this. Now wondering whether to try metal polish. Any suggestions?

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...unlucky - I've done it once - petrol all over the place - luckily no lasting damage (all though, I thought it might explode when I fired it up), and certainly no white abs - but, that was my first time filling it on the centre stand (evidently you can get considerably more fuel in), and ever since then, every time I fill up, it takes abot TWO days to register a full tank


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Nope, you can get more fuel in on the side stand. It actually puts the filler hole just a bit higher than the rest of the tank. I did manage to get 6.533 US gallons (24.73 litres) in once.

I always top mine of as high as I can. Here in SoCal that means holding the little rubber boot back for the last few squirts. I've occasionally spilled fuel, but usually just wipe it off right away with no problems.

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Nope, you can get more fuel in on the side stand. It actually puts the filler hole just a bit higher than the rest of the tank. I did manage to get 6.533 US gallons (24.73 litres) in once.

I always top mine of as high as I can. Here in SoCal that means holding the little rubber boot back for the last few squirts. I've occasionally spilled fuel, but usually just wipe it off right away with no problems.
... sorry Ken, I got it the wrong way round (so much salt on the roads round here, I can't remember riding )

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I've done that & rinsed good with water & never had a problem.
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Can also depend on fuel formulation. If it's "just gasoline" - not likely to do much damage if rinsed off promptly.

Some places though - they put some weird stuff in their fuels - can even change for the seasons, regulations, market, etc. Hard to know what was in there that reacted to the plastics so badly.

Anyone got part nos way handy for those bar covers? I may well be look'n to replace a couple as well. Little plastic posts where the screws go through have gotten brittle and fractured.

Mmm, maybe a delayed reaction to an old fuel spill??

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But the two small plastic thingies above and below the handlebar remained milky white despite said water treatment. Got home quick and used hot water and detergant but that made no difference. Bit of a surprise when plastic reacts so violently like this. Now wondering whether to try metal polish. Any suggestions?

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I'd use a plastic polish, MacGuiers makes a good one.



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Six replies in minutes from around the world - what a great community, thanks everyone, seems I should not have had a problem, but now I have, I will seek out a plastic polish as 'grifscoots' advises.

Wooly, good luck on your next trip. When you get back check out 'Centrex Forensic Training' on the web - we may have possible connections here re your video stuff.

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Bike wise, I also ride a VFR 750 and a Honda Cub 90 (don't laugh-it is indestructible) Cheers Gillboy
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Been there...

Plastic polish and a little foam pad on a mount that fits into your cordless drill. A few minutes and you'll wonder that you worried so much. Worked for me, anyway.

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