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This page was last Edited Friday, 12 February 2016 02:07:19 PM
 

Q: What happens if I leave my

overnight-out-in-the-open-elements during a tropical rain storm.

A: You get a petrol tank full of water for  your batteries.......ja.. nee ?
mar 2007


 

This is what happened to my mistress during a rainstorm we had recently in Durban.......

Before the storm I had about 3 ltrs of petrol in the tank, and after the storm I ended up with 5 ltrs of water and 3 ltrs of spoiled petrol.
The question remains "How could the rainwater get in to my tank" ?
In my humble opinion, there's only one way how the water could get in-to the tank and that's via the filler cap. When thousands of ltrs of water get dropped on your bike in a very short time, the water flows via the slits between the seats into the rubber cover around the filler cap. The drain, at the bottom of the rubber cover is to narrow to drain the water off quickly, and fills up in an instant, allowing the water freely to enter the tank via the filler cap.

TIPS FOR THE TECHNICALLY IMPAIRED VMAXERS
How to drain the Carbs & Tank:
* THE TANK
(Instead of draining the tank by taking off the Petrol Meter Sender Unit at the bottom of the tank, I drained the tank with the petrol pump and took the risk that a bit of a water-petrol mixture might remain at the bottom of the tank)
Unbolt the petrol pump, located behind the airfilter under the fake-petrol- tank-cover release mechanism. Take off the Overflow Pipe from the RADIATOR HOLDING TANK RESERVOIR and fit to the pipe on the petrol pump that leads to the carburettors. Turn-on the ignition key and, voila, you are on your way. The pump will only pump for a few seconds, so you continuously have to turn the ignition key on-off.
To rinse the tank, I put in 2 litres of petrol and pumped that out as well. 
* THE CARBS
You will find the small drain plugs on the right-hand side of each carburettor, easily accessible, no need  to remove any parts.
SEE PIC BELOW !

I filled the tank with fresh petrol, switched-on the ignition and drained, via the carb drainage plugs, an amount of liquid, which I guessed, to be equal to the amount of petrol retained in the pipes from the tank to the carbs and in the carbs floating chambers. 
 
PS. Don't forget to clean your spark plugs as they have become wet too. When I removed my plugs they all had a drop of water between the contact points.
Hans Knop


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