Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Gas Smell from XCT
About a week ago, I began noticing a strong smell of gasoline from my 2012 XCT. This began when the gas tank was pretty empty. I filled it and was able to put in 5.2 gallons. I then continued to notice the smell with the gas tank full. I have ridden about 40 miles this week (I know, not very much) and smell the gas every time I slow or stop. When going at a speed over about 30 mph, I smell nothing - probably because the odor is wafted away by the wind caused by the bike speed. However, when I slow for a tight corner or come to a stop sign or stop light, I smell the gas. Today, I got on the bike after being in the gym for 2 hrs. I picked the bike up off the side stand, turned the kill switch on which starts the fuel pump (keyless ignition is on the bike), and before pressing the start button, I smelled gas.
I have looked under the bike when I park it in the garage and there is absolutely no gas dripping from the bike. This would be noticeable since the garage floor is painted with paint that is NOT gas resistant. I have looked some at both sides of the bike in the engine, cheese wedge, and gas tank areas. I cannot see any leaks or drips.
Before I start looking deeper into the bike for a leak, does anyone have any recommendations for places to look that might be leaking enough to cause this gasoline odor? Thanks.
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