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I will be giving a thorough going over. Believe you me!
I will replace all hoses in that area on general principle alone.

Also, when I go to start her the 1st time. I will have a fire extinguisher handy. In fact, I think I may buy one for each of my cars. I will also research to see if they make them small enough to have on the bike.

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when you start it up at home have the hose nearby with a nozzle adjusted to a spray / mist, with the faucet turned on.

A water fog/spray will knock down a gas fire. If you use a fire extinguisher its a pain to clean all that powder off your engine - you will end up using the hose anyway.. so just use the hose.
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Here's one. It's 8.5 x 2 inches. I have a similar one in each car. One for bike is a good idea.


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when you start it up at home have the hose nearby with a nozzle adjusted to a spray / mist, with the faucet turned on.

A water fog/spray will knock down a gas fire. If you use a fire extinguisher its a pain to clean all that powder off your engine - you will end up using the hose anyway.. so just use the hose.
There is not a water spigot near by. & I am not dragging 200ft of hose out there.

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So I was getting a couple groceries on my way home from work. Got on her & went to start her & she caught fire. I had lay her down. Luckily the was a guy near by with some water bottles. And we put out the fire.
I had the wife come pick me up. We ate dinner. And I trailered B.B. home.

I am ok. Nothing happen to me. No real damage that I can see. I'll be able to tell more when I look at her more closely this weekend.

Fire was on the right side around carb & air filter.
Fire was maybe 20 seconds. If that. Time is funny when stuff like that is happening.

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1- B.B. has a great spark!
2- I have laid the bike down. Got that "stigma" off my back.
3- I know I can pick up the bike from the laid down position.

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1- what could have started the fire?
2- what should I look for when I look at her this weekend?

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Wow...I could say something funny...but man oh man...nothing funny about this at all. So glad to read you safe and sound. Imagine if you would have been down the road at 60 miles per hour...and the flames flow back onto you...gawd....great to read, you're ok...
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Imagine if you would have been down the road at 60 miles per hour...and the flames flow back onto you...
That would be a real life Ghost Rider.

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Wow...I could say something ..
Feel free to. I am all about inappropriate &/or too soon? humor.

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Feel free to. I am all about inappropriate &/or too soon? humor.

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good thing it didn't go down like the great Chicago fire of 1871.

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If a car or motorcycle catches fire its pretty much the same as having all the steel and aluminum oxidize and rust

but instead of taking 30 years, it happens in about 30 minutes.

I have always purchased new cars and keep them till they are ready for the junk yard. I have accepted that one might go up in flames someday.

If it does, get it off the road, dont stop under power lines or trees or a bridge, or near a storm drain (in case your gas tanks melts and burning gas floods out.

If the shop size extinguisher behind my seat wont put out the fire, theres nothing else to do but enjoy the bon-fire till the fire trucks get there. Im mean, how often to you get to watch a car burn to the ground, even if it is mine? (I have given this some thought).

Oh yeah... get out of the car.
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GOOD NEWS!
The bike is not a loss! I'll post pictures & what I will be replacing/rebuilding.

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