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How do you refuel your motorcycle? Do you dismount or do you just remain sitting on it while refueling?
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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After seeing one of these I prefer to dismount. Plus during winter my wallet seems to be about 3 layers down somewhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twgvmj2YCwc
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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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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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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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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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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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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