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Old 06-06-2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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Completely draining gas from tank

Hey folks. I'm moving to Chicago and I need to completely drain my bike's gas tank so they can load it into the moving truck. So, I plan to ride it around until the light comes on and then ride 20 miles more or so. However, there will still be a little bit of gas in the tank

If the moving company shows up and won't take my bike, I'm gonna be screwed.

So, how can I make sure all of the gas is out of the tank?

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Old 06-06-2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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remove the tank and drain it. very easy. Or just let idle until it dies.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:29 PM   #3
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Use a siphon pump. Like $5 at autoparts.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:30 PM   #5
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also leave the cap open to air out after you drain it, what about the oil, do you need to remove that. fumes go boom
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:32 PM   #7
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:33 PM   #8
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remove tank, unscrew tank/petcock, drain any remaining gas. throw a match in there to burn up any left over.



















j/k about that last part...please don't do that !!!!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:35 PM   #9
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why not ride up to chicago the weather is good for it right now?
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:38 PM   #10
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Hey folks. I'm moving to Chicago and I need to completely drain my bike's gas tank so they can load it into the moving truck. So, I plan to ride it around until the light comes on and then ride 20 miles more or so. However, there will still be a little bit of gas in the tank

If the moving company shows up and won't take my bike, I'm gonna be screwed.

So, how can I make sure all of the gas is out of the tank?

Thanks.
Sorry to hear you are going to Chicago....J/K man... I lived there for 10 years. Kick city, shitty weather. On the real though, for the 4 months of riding season that they have there are 2 decent groups similar to MH. The one I visited and hung out with the most is Chicagoriders <dot> com and the other is CLSB <dot> com. CR is generally a younger group of guys that like to party, ride around town, some long Wisconsin rides, etc. CLSB is made up of the more "politically correct" motorcycles. I never visited CLSB. If CLSB <dot> com does not work, try ChicagolandSportbikes <dot> com. I don't know their official web address. Good luck bro. Make sure to hit up Rush and Division.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:34 PM   #11
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Awesome, thanks for the info. I wasn't sure if it would be easy to take the thank off and drain it or not, but sounds like that's the best way.

I'll check out those websites you mentioned buck. The good thing about Chicago weather for riding is that the 4 months of good riding weather are all in a row, whereas here they're really on either side of summer.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:37 PM   #12
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wouldnt you just disconect the fuel line and let it drain by gravity? i dont really know. im a noob.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:45 PM   #13
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Modern sportbikes use vacuum to open the petcock, so the engine would have to run, or you can use a vacuum pump to pull the diaphram open.

Easiest way to do it is to take the petcock off and drain it over a funnel in a gas can.
oh cool now i know. im used to cars. bikes are still new to me.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:46 PM   #14
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geez, nobody suggested the easiest way...turn the bike upside down. DER!


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J/K.

Id say go with VFR here and remove the petcock, let it drain, then let it sit with the cap open to let any residual gas evaporate.

GL!
and if for some reason they wont load it on the truck, youre not screwed. Im sure there are people or shops here that could let you/charge you for storage until you can get it shipped by itself.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:08 PM   #15
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remove the tank, dump out gas, take off fuel pump, dump out more gas, cover lid, FIRE! in the fuel pump hole. it should burn fast enough to not mess up the paint .. (should) please video this!
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:22 PM   #16
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The 929 is fuel injected. Pull the return line off the tank and open the cap. Most of it will drain that way.
Try to refill it as soon as possible after you get to Chicago to avoid rust forming.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:28 PM   #17
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isnt there something you can pour into the tank to prevent rust when empty? or am i just thinking about a gas stabilizer for storing bikes..., i think i am.

nevermind.
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siphon it out and give it to me, in return, i'll squeeze a roll of toilet paper in the tank for ya, it'll absorb anything the siphon won't get
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geez, nobody suggested the easiest way...turn the bike upside down. DER!
:laughing6 didnt think of that one :laughing6
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Everyone knows the easiest way is to drill the bottom of the tank to drain the gas out.
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