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post #11 of 21 Old 04-10-2019, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by pdwestman View Post
I'm surprised that you get it started, Tom!
I guess it's terminology, Paul! What I'm used to is calling a switch on or off by what it does. If a kill switch kills the engine, then it does so when it is "On". Turning the kill switch "Off" lets the engine run. I guess a better terminology would be "Turn the kill switch to "Run" or "Kill".

When I turn my light switch on, the lights go on, no?

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post #12 of 21 Old 04-11-2019, 10:50 AM
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After seeing one of these I prefer to dismount. Plus during winter my wallet seems to be about 3 layers down somewhere.
That right there is probably the best reason of all to totally dis-mount Every Time!

That person had not even put the stand down to stabilize the bike. So when he bailed off, the tank would have spilled regardless of which direction it fell.

My brother and I lit up our first Yamaha YL-1 100 Twin-Jet in about 1970, inside of dads garage, with fuel overflow onto hot cylinder heads, on a cool October evening.

Dad yanked the bike backwards out of the garage, tipping over onto dirt drive-way. Then the 3 of us managed to flog the fire out.

My brother & I spent the next 3-4 months separating melted wires and soldering replacement sections between the terminal ends, replacing cables, seat, tires, polishing aluminum & chrome & repainting.

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post #13 of 21 Old 04-11-2019, 03:12 PM
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I get off, insert card in pump, type in zip code, select grade, fill wife's bike, then mine. My butt also likes me to walk around and get it some air when the opportunity presents itself.

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post #14 of 21 Old 04-11-2019, 04:38 PM
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Hello guys I'm Germano a klr650 owner since 2010 I'm from Brampton Ontario thanks for accepting me
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post #15 of 21 Old 04-28-2019, 10:14 PM
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I almost always refuel while astride the bike. I am aware of the potential dangers, but the odds of the video scenario happening are pretty slim. It is pretty hard to ignite gas on almost any part of a motorcycle unless maybe you were running up a long hill and had the exhaust header cherry red right when you pull to the pump. If memory serves, it takes something like 500 F to ignite fuel so spilling on even a hot engine won’t ignite the fuel.

I suspect the motorcycle in the video may have been running at the time of the fire and had a spark that caused ignition.

I also keep a log of all fuel purchases. I have done that for nearly 40 years in all of my vehicles. I now put the data into Excel so I can track fuel use over time. It can be a useful took to diagnose something going wrong with the engine if you see a systematic change in fuel economy.
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post #16 of 21 Old 04-29-2019, 07:44 AM
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The KLR seat is so horrendous that any chance I get to get off it...
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post #17 of 21 Old 09-11-2019, 02:31 AM
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Dismount! I like to stretch my legs...
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post #18 of 21 Old 09-11-2019, 10:36 AM
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I keep gas in gas cans, so I fill up before each trip. Its easier, no helmet on, no gloves to take off, as I put on about 120 miles when I head out for a ride, I just top off every time.
If I have to go to the pump, its flip helmet up, take gloves off, get off bike, dig out credit card, swipe it, and put it away, open gas cap, and fill.
Put gloves on, drive away, and flip helmet down.
I love the flip up front helmet. Works great on a hot day driving through town.
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-12-2019, 02:45 AM
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I never would have thought the question "Do you dismount or do you just remain sitting while refueling?" would produce 20 or more posts. It never occurred to me to fuel up while sitting on the bike. I get off, gas up, get on and go. It is not difficult for me to get off or get on and everything else is the same ether way.

Since I have to take the key from the ignition and unclip and raise the tank bag to open the gas cap, I am not worried about starting a fire. I am sure if I sat on the bike every time I gas up while holding that tank bag up, I would get a crotch full of gas at some point.
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post #20 of 21 Old 09-23-2019, 07:47 PM
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On my other bikes, I remain on the bike. With the KLR, I will dismount due to the height of thebike and the fact that I can't flatfoot it while sitting.
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