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post #1 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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How Do You Gas Up?

How do you refuel your motorcycle? Do you dismount or do you just remain sitting on it while refueling?
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 06:54 AM
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Gas up

Dismount.

Remove gloves, get credit card. pump, Enter mileage in book. (Old habit !)
Put book back in tail bag, key in ignition, gloves, and re-mount.
Enjoy my ride.

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post #3 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 09:44 AM
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yep, I always dismount

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 10:15 AM
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With a Wolfman Explorer tank bag which must be un-clipped at the front & tilted back to access the fuel cap I must dis-mount.
Easier to access my wallet in hip pocket also.

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Ride up to the pump. Kickstand down. Petcock off. Gloves off and stowed. Wallet out, gift card out (I carry gas gift cards; all the convenience of a credit card but none of the hassle). Spin the cap off and stow it. Swipe the card. Card back, wallet back. Grab the pump handle, select grade, pump, handle back. Enter data into Fuelly. Zero trip meter. Cap back on, gloves on, petcock on, lean over and check oil level. Kill switch on, tickle the kick lever until it goes whump-whump, kill switch off, kick switch on, stomp on it, kick switch off. Kickstand up. Double check the wallet is back, ride off.

Get a mile down the road and check that the wallet is back.

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post #6 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Seems the safer and preferred method is to dismount and refuel, but I still gas up whilst astride the machine 90% of the time.
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post #7 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 06:45 PM
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Heck yeah! And what could go wrong, so long as you don't drop a match?

I don't usually dismount unless I'm going to be walking the bike over to park it and take a rest. If I get off to fuel it I wind up walking in circles around the thing trying to be on the right end of the hose. It all goes wrong and becomes horrible and depressing.

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post #8 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 08:06 PM
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Ride up to the pump. Kickstand down. Petcock off. Gloves off and stowed. Wallet out, gift card out (I carry gas gift cards; all the convenience of a credit card but none of the hassle). Spin the cap off and stow it. Swipe the card. Card back, wallet back. Grab the pump handle, select grade, pump, handle back. Enter data into Fuelly. Zero trip meter. Cap back on, gloves on, petcock on, lean over and check oil level. Kill switch on, tickle the kick lever until it goes whump-whump, kill switch off, kick switch on, stomp on it, kick switch off. Kickstand up. Double check the wallet is back, ride off.

Get a mile down the road and check that the wallet is back.
I'm surprised that you get it started, Tom!

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I dunno. I figure my chances of being disfigured or killed under an overhead metal canopy while refueling sitting on my motorcycle are exponentially less than either happening to me out on the road while I'm riding it.

It's really never occurred to me to dismount just to refuel if I had no other reason to do so. I usually wind up going into the store for coffee so what's the point of having to get back on to move away from the pump? Most stations I stop at are busy enough I feel guilty just leaving the bike sitting at a pump.

I would note that one of the reasons I wear Key Imperial overalls when riding is that my wallet is always secured right there on my chest, easy to access at the pump and easy to check to make sure it's still there. Other pocket's good for a cell phone if you use one of those things. I use my other bib pocket for cigarettes and Slim Jims.
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post #10 of 14 Old 04-10-2019, 09:50 PM
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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.

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