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As a newbie here and new owner of a '95, I've read info about not topping off too much to allow for gas expansion and to avoid overflow. But the California gas nozzles shut off way too soon when seated/sealed on the tank due to several inches of the nozzle protruding into it. How do you all do it? Hold the seal back and fill to within an inch or two of the top, or is that too much? Any info appreciated!
 

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I myself haven't really figured it out. I use two fingers to pinch back the nozzle sleeve and guesstimate how much fuel I need ... Normally I put about 3.8-4.2 gallons or just before the gas start to splash and fizzle (a bit before the neck starts) ... constructive criticism?
 

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The fuel will flow, however it would seem in CA all nozzles have sleeve over them that act as some sort of "safety"

If you took the nozzle off the hook and tried to release gas without the sleeve being pulled back, by the end of the fuel filler neck, no gas will come out.

Which causes a problem for use moto riders as we have to akwardly hold the sleeve back (there is a fair about of tensionin holding the sleeve in the "safety" position) while we fuel up our motos.
 

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Go to any Harley Dealer and ask for the Little Gas Hose Clip. It's a gitzy that holds the recovery sleeve back for you. The Drunks have a hard time filling their tank with a beer in one hand.

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thank god i dont live in kalifornistan..just another reason.

me, i put the whole thing down into the tank till it clicks off, then hold the nozzle about level with the filler hole and eyeball it. i hold the tube part of the assembly in my left hand and work the trigger with my right. steadies it from moving around and splashing..and gives any residual gas something to drip on other than my paint. i cant tell you how much i normally fill up...usually its slightly under 4 gal. i ride to the station asap after i switch over to reserve
 
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Plus one to the poster directly above me....is it safe to assume you also put the bike on the centre stand when you're looking for a complete fill?
 

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Royson said:
Plus one to the poster directly above me....is it safe to assume you also put the bike on the centre stand when you're looking for a complete fill?
Won't make any difference. The sleeve that protrudes down into the tank from the filler neck. Prevents filling to the neck and the angle of the side stand doesn't change the available volume under the sleeve.

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If they're the same style sleeve as those used in Ohio, (rubber sleeve around the outside of the filler nozzle that you push in against the tank) just hold the sleeve back with one hand. (PITA) Otherwise, I don't have an answer for you aside from the suggestion of the Harley dealer (news to me). Personally I come pretty close to topping off, but we don't have any of that crap in WV.
 
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Sounds like a fill-up is far more complicated in California than Canada. Up here, we just give a good tip to the Inuit guarding the pump from the polar bears, and they'll ensure we get a good top up. They'll also scrap the ice off the rad for us too.
 

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This is how I do it!

 

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I just fill it until fuel comes spewing out the top of the tank. :)

But then, I'm probably the only one here who's bike is painted with truck bed liner. Great stuff.... gas doesn't touch it.

Charles.
 

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I just fill it until fuel comes spewing out the top of the tank. :)

But then, I'm probably the only one here who's bike is painted with truck bed liner. Great stuff.... gas doesn't touch it.

Charles.
rinoguard? I've seen some VRods done up with rinoguard... I think its a sick look... on an ex, i don't knwo about that, do you have any pictures? (I had been toying with the idea myself)
 

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To maintain consistency in the gas mileage figures I try to always fill to the bottom of the filler neck which extends down into the gas tank. Then I always try to ride ~ 10 miles or more before parking the bike so that there will be some room for expansion. I'm in a part of Ohio where we don't have the type of fuel nozzles you mention(they do have them in some areas), so I don't have to wrestle with them, but it sounds like there are some options to still get a good fill-up even with that type nozzle.
 

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The extension of the filler neck that reaches down into the tank...IS to prevent you from overfilling the tank and to allow some airspace for expansion. No need to make any considerations for that reason.

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i just center the bike upright with my legs and pull the sleeve back and fill it to just under the neck.
obviously i do all this while on the bike, i usually only take a glove off so that sliding my card through the machiene on the pump is easier.

no need for the centerstand, no need for any kind of gas hose clip.

i dont get whats so difficult? ??? ???
 

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Yeah, I just fill it to the bottom of the collar on the tank, although I DO get off the bike first, and put it on the center stand. Never tried it while still on the bike, but my legs are pretty darn short, and that would probably be asking for trouble! No CA emissions stuff on our nozzles here in AZ. But I can see how they would make things more awkward. My guess would just to hold it back on the edge of the tank opening.
 

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Yeah, I just fill it to the bottom of the collar on the tank, although I DO get off the bike first, and put it on the center stand. Never tried it while still on the bike, but my legs are pretty darn short, and that would probably be asking for trouble! No CA emissions stuff on our nozzles here in AZ. But I can see how they would make things more awkward. My guess would just to hold it back on the edge of the tank opening.
nah, you just pull the sleeve back with one hand, and pull the erm, trigger? with the other, really simple.
 
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