How I became "Diesel".....
Here is the tragic story...
Okay - so we know I chucked a gutfull of Diesel in my bike one day....
Here is the tragic story (with pics)....
I had organised a latte run for a few fellow ST1300 and ST1100 owners. And they came in great numbers.... from the Gold Coast, Brizvegas, and even Bundaberg. I had 13 ST bikes to cater for in the end.
Anyway - the meeting point was Samford Village, but the Bundy crew wanted to stay at Caboolture the previous night to ride down there with me. "No wukkas" I thought as they were unfamiliar with directions to the start point.
This is where the beginnings of the rot set in....
As I rocked up to my regular filling station (BP Morayfield), I saw Jinxy and waved whilst pulling in. My 'usual' bowser was taken, so I picked another BP Ultimate bowser, and continued my salutations to my guest.
Have a look at the labels on the pump.....
You can see that if distracted... the worst can happen.
Anyways, I filled as we yibbered about his journey down etc etc, and set off for the meeting point.
Around 15 k's into it, I started to notice a delay from throttle on to feeling the power. This progressively got worse the further I went. Puffs of smoke also started to emanate from the exhausts, and I had that 'oh sh*t' feeling as there was a few hundred clicks to travel that day, and my bike was never anything less than totally reliable!
Anyway - made it to the start point, greeted all the riders, had the first morning brew, laid out the rough plan and then mounted up to leave.
I had to wave everyone off on the ride that I had organised and was ride master of.
I was then left to call the towey and go home in the truck with my tail between my legs.
I learned a terrible lesson that day to pay attention.
We dropped her off to the Honda shop (still thinking the motor may be rooted). After a while we all worked out the problem. I called the servo to see what flavour was on pump 13, and she confirmed.
Amongst all the devastation and disappointment of missing out on the ride, was a little feeling of elation that it was only me being a dickhead and NOT an engine failure.
Funny thing was, later, as I was helping out the trouble n strife in the garden (in fact I was pooper scooping at the time), I thought to myself... "look at me... shovelling sh*t instead of belting through some of Australia's nicest twisting roads to pubs with a great mob!" DOH!
Anyways - it cost me $300 all up - $150 to the STealership for draining etc, and $150 towing.
All is good now and I certainly learnt my lesson. But you all know what the lads are like... as of that moment I became "Diesel Dave" shortened to Diesel.
Also, with all these Euro cars and 4WD's using diesel fuel, the pumps are as 'normal' as possible. They used to be segregated - but now are integrated into the bowser layout too because of their popularity.
These two pics were taken at a Bundy servo - must be a common occurrence.....
Anyway - this is why I will NEVER do that again. I'm all cured!
Hope it saves someone some $$$ and plenty of stress too.
The three main contributors to this were:
1. Distraction. Had a fellow rider grabbing my attention which left me not concentrating on the bowser enough;
2. Similar Labels & diesel bowser integration. Being distracted stopped me properly identifying the 'diesel' bit after the 'BP Ultimate' bit (and the colours are similar too - dark, dark blue for premium, black for diesel) ALSO - diesel pumps don't sit over there in the corner by themselves any more - they are just another pump in the row; and
3. Unlike a car, the diesel nozzle still fits in the motorbike filler hole. A car's filler is necked down and I would not have been able to put the nozzle in to the filler. On a bike - this is possible.
Vigilance is the easy answer to ward this off.