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Author Topic: Fuel leak! (!!!)  (Read 2890 times)

Rich Mintz

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2013, 02:12:21 PM »
The weld has held. Just put 3.6 gal in the tank with no leakage. Getting on the road.

Regarding the chain - it's a new chain and sprocket set installed by my RE dealer after I stripped the last one. I'll have them look at the sprocket. I don't know what the sprocket looks like new, so I can't tell whether what I'm seeing on the teeth is wear or their natural shape. Regardless, I gotta ride home. Chain slack is roughly within tolerance (this isn't brain surgery, if it's so finicky that you have to measure and adjust before every ride, the bike is useless as practical transportation, and we empirically know that's not the case).

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2013, 02:37:31 PM »
Yeah, this chain slippage thing - with new chain and sprockets -  is odd.  I'm curious to know more...

Rich Mintz

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2013, 03:31:03 PM »
I don't think it's the chain anymore, I think it's the transmission slipping out of gear. Paying careful attention. More later.

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2013, 04:00:22 PM »
I don't think it's the chain anymore, I think it's the transmission slipping out of gear. Paying careful attention. More later.

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Still getting some drive power while you feel it sliping?  Could be the clutch?

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #34 on: September 05, 2013, 04:23:12 PM »
More likely clutch slipping.  Trans would probably only pop out of gear, not into gear.. Go through the whole clutch adjustment procedure from bottom to top.
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Rich Mintz

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2013, 07:40:05 PM »
I've made it 185 mi (64 mi to go), no problem with the tank.

My shifting problem is: bike has trouble with 4th gear. Can't downshift into 4th (have to bypass it); when up shifting, it won't engage properly (grinds) unless I exert upward foot pressure on the lever while it's in 4th. 5th is fine. Not a chain problem as I originally thought.

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #36 on: September 05, 2013, 08:55:17 PM »
Glad the JB Weld is holding.

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2013, 08:55:57 PM »
That's a whole different problem than I pictured.
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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #38 on: September 05, 2013, 09:27:50 PM »
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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2013, 04:26:15 AM »
Checked the bike just now, 6 hours after I got home. There's a tiny bit of fuel seepage in the same area (a drop or two an hour), so little that I can't tell if its from the area I JB Welded or an adjacent spot. Hopefully it won't get any worse and I can take the tank off over the weekend and JB Weld the rest of the seam, and that will solve it.

Tank has only about half a gallon in it (I ran it down on purpose) so I took it into my (shared) garage and left it indoors anyway.

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2013, 11:25:36 AM »
I doubt this is the problem with shifting to a particular gear but make sure you are using motorcycle oil, and not standard automobile oil. There is a difference as it pertains to the wet clutch..

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2013, 11:38:01 AM »
Considering the bike just came from the shop to fix a shifting problem, I think I know what my next step would be...

Patience is a virtue, Rich!!!

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #42 on: September 06, 2013, 12:56:24 PM »
Damn Rich!  You can't win for losing!  Sorry you're having such bad luck with the RE.  Maybe it's just your bikes way of telling you "Hey, I got a few more issues we need to work out.  Then I'll be ready to see the world!"  After all, these bikes do have more character than a politician.   :D

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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2013, 01:23:49 PM »
Politicians have character? Are they not just molded plastic which shape changes depending on to whom they address?
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Re: Fuel leak! (!!!)
« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2013, 02:00:01 PM »
I'm not complaining, or at least I'm trying not to. My 2 bikes, the RE and the SYM Symba (basically a Honda Cub), have been great bikes to learn about maintenance and repair on. They're both mechanically simple and easily comprehensible.

I came in 8 months ago knowing nothing, and in that time I've changed oil, adjusted chains, diagnosed and fixed a nasty electrical problem, and patched a gas tank. I now think nothing about taking off a wheel or tank, which is remarkable when I think about it.