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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Fire and explosion after fuel up!

I am still trying to get more details on this, but a guy told state troopers he filled up the tank. Then at the 1st light his RS was smoking. He got off to investigate, and it burst into flames. He sTarted backing away and he claimed it exploded. Pictures are coming as soon as I figure out how to post them.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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OK so here are the images. The RS was 3 years old and the rider told the oficers that he had just fueled it up. He was not the owner but was allowed to drive it. This happened right in front of the Saint Cloud Police Dept last night a little after 9:00pm. It was still on fire when the police crossed the street to investigate. They said it was a large fire and the front tires actually exploded. Well thats excitement here in Saint Cloud...
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I wonder if he spilled any fuel while filling up.

When I worked at a gas station many years ago, I saw a guy pull in on a bike. When he started to put the nozzle in, it spilled fuel on his engine and flashed a fire for just a second or so. As hot as the Spyders get with the catalytic converter, it would not surprise me if enough fuel was spilled that the bike would catch on fire.

Ever since seeing that bike flash, I am always careful to tip the nozzle down before getting to the bike so any fuel does not spill on the hot bike.

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I agree... Being careful with the nozzle since you're so close to the engine is of major importance! Too bad about the bike... and it wan't even his?? Too bad about that friendship!



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Never gave the gas nozzle a second thought. BUT will from now on. Thats some scary [email protected]#$!
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Oh yeah the wife and I are real careful when we fill up now.

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That is a heck of a way to see what is under all the tupperware.

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Mine caught on fire (started at the fuel tank while I was on it) and it was 50 miles after getting gasoline. Someone will have to die before brp takes notice.
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Probably related to trying to get a truly full tank of fuel. That's a terrible design they have there that will be expensive to resolve if that's the cause and can be proved. So you're right, someone will have to die before they take notice.

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The Spyder's fuel tank is no worse that any other motorcycle's tank... Or car for that matter.
EVERY manufacturer cautions against overfilling; the excess fuel gets into evporative canisters and all sorts of emissions parts and then causes trouble.
It's a shame that it happened; but I'd bet a nickel and a half that it wasn't the bike's fault...



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