My Rocket in Flames on the Launchpad!!

Zutt

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Dunno about the US. In the UK you shouldn't be sitting on the bike when you're refuelling.
I never do. I'm surprised how some fuel while still straddling the bike! I always turn it completely off and get off.
This time, doing same, standing and refueling, thing the tank was more empty than it actually was so didn't expect it was gonna fill up that fast. After it spilled, I capped it and got back on the bike and rode into the sunset :)
 

Martin-Brighton-uk

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I never do. I'm surprised how some fuel while still straddling the bike! I always turn it completely off and get off.
This time, doing same, standing and refueling, thing the tank was more empty than it actually was so didn't expect it was gonna fill up that fast. After it spilled, I capped it and got back on the bike and rode into the sunset :)
I get what you meant now; you were wondering as you pulled away after filling up, would you be able to jump off should she go up in flames :D
 

Rheo

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Hey everyone,

Long post, but I wanted to make a separate post about about my latest tragedy so everyone can get the details and warnings. This past Sunday my bike went up in flames at a gas station. I was 3 miles from my house meeting some friends for a ride to put me over my first service mileage. I had about a quarter tank left and thought I'd top off for the ride. I usually go to Wawa's because they've got a quality facility and I can pay with my smartwatch so I don't have to take me gear off. Little did I know, that's what most likely saved me from more injuries and possibly my life that day.

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I paid and had the nozzle to the bottom of the plate in the tank, which I think we've all noticed is quite shallow, and began to fill. I gave a quick wave to my buddies who were hanging out at some of the outdoor tables and continued to pump. After another 10 seconds I wondered how much I was putting in and looked up at the pump then back down to the bike to notice that fuel was just flooding out all over the tank. I freaked out cause I never saw that much of a spill before. Usually it's just a few drops that I wipe up or try to catch with my gloved hands. Then whoosh! The whole bike went up in flames from the fuel hitting the headers.

I was engulfed in the flames for a second as I was running to where my friends were. I gave a quick glance to see if I was on fire which fortunately I wasn't but I noticed that my shirt was tattered and my arms were on burnt and the pain was coming through. My buddies swung into action by hitting the fuel cutoff sitting me down and getting me some water. Luckily, there was a police officer that was getting a car wash at the building next door and within 5 minutes fire rescue was there to put the bike out and get me help.

I've got 2nd degree burns on my right arm and 1st degree on my left and face through the open visor. The doctors said that had I not been wearing my gloves I would have probably had 3rd or 4th degree burns and permanent damage. My helmet prevented more severe damage to my face, eyes, throat, lungs and possibly death.

The skin on my arms had to be literally wiped off after some heavy drugs. I've got a full month of treatment and physical therapy to do and around a year before my skin heals completely. God willing as close to normal as possible.

Insurance (Gieco) is covering the bike completely, my health insurance has me covered. I'm on disability from now through the end of the year and I've secured legal council for the accident. Wawa corporate and the investigators who saw the video don't see any negligence on my part, for example topping off, being on my phone, leaving the bike running or smoking.

In addition to the accident here's a quick rundown of all that was supposed to happen in the coming days and weeks. The very next day I was supposed to drop off the bike to get wrapped to change the color and design. Saturday was the 1st service. I had a hotel booked and trailer rented to a guy's vacation to ride the Tail of the Dragon mid-month.

Lessons learned:

1. Never take your eye off the tank when filling up. Things you trust when driving cannot be when your riding.
2. If you can, keep your helmet and gloves on while refueling. It clearly saved my life.
3. Wear a jacket. Had I been wearing a jacket instead of a t-shirt because it was 90 degrees out I most likely wouldn't have been injured to this extent.

What sucks is that I had ordered a summer jacket the night before for my upcoming trip. It should be here any now and now I've got no bike and no trip.

Sorry for the long vent.

I'll be back on a Rocket real soon, definitely not a red one next time. :)

Be safe out here everyone.
Thank the biker gods you able to share your story. I have only had one fill up on my 2020 and i was nervous the whole time, barely squeezing the gas nozzle in case something like this happened. Really bad design for such a great bike.
 

scot in exile

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A wee bit late to this post, first of all glad you are okay bikes can be replaced body parts usually cannot, now buy that bike back from the insurance company and Paul Bryant will pay you full retail value for it(he has a fetish for burnt bikes)
Always get off the bike when filling up, never top a motorcycle off, always remove gloves when filling, I was watching a stupid twat the other day with the petrol pump in his Harley filling up while he was on his cell phone, brains of a toffee frog if you ask me.
The legal part could be a bit complicated as we all know it is more dangerous filling a bike than a vehicle so it is on us to be extra carefull, now that is just my opinion and you are correct I am not a lawyer but I am a plumber
 

zenbiker

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Wow! Boy oh boy!....Would I sue WAWA!! The nozzle should have shut off automatically as they always should! Get a lawyer!!
 
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